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Catalyst Circle Rock Elementary School

Preschool | Grades K-8 | City of Chicago SD 299
5608 West Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 534-1633

About This School

Catalyst Circle Rock Elementary School is located in Chicago, IL and is one of 639 schools in City Of Chicago School District 299. It is a charter school that serves 492 students in grades K-8.

Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Catalyst Circle Rock Elementary School's test results to learn more about school performance.

In 2011, Catalyst Circle Rock Elementary School had 21 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Illinois average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

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Students (2011)


Students Per Teacher (2011)

Female/Male (2011)

46% 54%

District Spending (2010)

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Catalyst Circle Rock Elementary School Reviews

By , a Parent on

The Chicago School system as a whole is diminishing rapidly! I enrolled my children in Circle Rock in 2005. Things transpired and Cataylst took over the school. The presentation of this school (Catalyst) was awesome in the beginning; smaller classroom sizes, two professionals in the classroom and afterschool programs. Sad to say that only lasted for one year. After that, it was just like any other public school! Parents, don't believe the hype. The charter schools are no better than the public schools! They sell you a dream in the beginning, then the real thing shows up. Opening these charter schools has nothing to do with the students receiving a better education to be able to compete in society, rather it's about breaking the teacher's union so that they can have their way in the schools! If I might add my children started school today 9-7-2010 and I absolutely hate what I saw! I'm looking for another school right now!

By , a Parent on

I think Catalyst Circle Rock is an excellent elementary school. I have two children that attend this school and they both recieve all A's. I believe that the teachers are both caring and involved. They care about the students succeding. They also go out of their way to show the students that they are important.

By , a Parent on

My oldest son attended Cataylst school and my youngest attends there now.  When my son went to high school, he had to do basic reading, science, and math.  The teachers can not teach, because they are too busy trying to get control over the class.  There is no control over the class, and the kids that are there trying to learn, can't and they are being punished for no reason, because of the others.  The principle and staff member are nice, but the school needs lots of help!

By a Parent on

Caralyst is a charter school, my son was in a little trouble (talking in class a few time---2nd grade!) and is diagnosed with ADHD.  Well,  I guess he was too much to handle, so they withdrew him.  I tried to fight it and they said that because they are a charter school that they do not fall under all the guidelines of regulare CPS  schools.  No wonder why they have better test scores, they throw out students who do not perform and one can not do a thing about it.

By , a Parent on

My granddaughter goes to Catalyst Circle Rock Elementary school. I found the teacher are concerned about the kids.I communicated my needs for her with her teacher and her teacher was impressed with my interest, she gave me all that I needed to help her to catch up on reading,math and being confident. She emailed me extra work for the weekends.I noticed also that this school is still growing, so it's not overcrowded. Which is a good opportunity to get in on the foundation and help this school become great. I was amazed how the principal knows each child by name. There is always someone at the door or hallways to greet you with a smile. That's amazing, I have no complaints. It is much needed on the Westside a school with quality and it shows.

By , a Parent on

I have three children who attend Catalyst.  They are in 6th, 4th, and 1st.  They all love it.  The family atmosphere is good.  The curriculum is very appropriate.  Individual support is always there. Classroom discipline needs a little work.  Overall, Catalyst is a great asset to the community.  Looking forward to the completion of the building extension.

By , a Parent on

My child is in 6th grade at Catalyst Circle Rock Elementary and she loves it. It is a great school to learn math and reading. You should have your child here. The school is good at teaching kids life principal but the school needs help on behavior with students. Overall it is a good school.

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