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We’re Catalyst Academy. We will open as a K-1 school in the fall of 2020, and then grow a grade each year to eventually serve kindergarten through 8th grade. As a public charter school, Catalyst Academy is a tuition-free, open-enrollment school for any student, including students with special needs and English-language learners, in the city of Pittsburgh and other area communities.

Our core values are incorporated into everything we do — Belong. Grow. Achieve.

BelongAll community scholars, families, teachers, and staff will be embraced, respected, and supported.

Grow — Every Catalyst Academy scholar, teacher, and staff member is committed to growing every day in alignment with our mission.

Achieve — A great education should be a catalyst for each scholar to define and achieve their dreams.

At Catalyst, we will instill growth mindsets and unlock an awareness of opportunities — for every one of our scholars — in college, career, and life. ​

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Catalyst Academy is the first new K-8 charter school in Pittsburgh in six years and will be located in the Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood, in the former Lemington school building. The school will serve children in underserved East End communities that today lack high-quality neighborhood schools.

With Art (music, theater, visual art) four days a week and STEM five days a week, we will enrich our students by introducing and exposing them to important subjects and vital life skills, for secondary education and beyond. And we will develop our scholars in a holistic manner — including social emotional learning and physical education, also four days a week. Our curriculum is anchored in rigorous math, English language arts, and culturally-affirming humanities lessons.

It’s been an extraordinary journey to charter approval by PPS and our founding team is so thrilled to open our doors in fall 2020. Enroll with us today!

Catalyst Academy Charter School’s mission is to prepare all students for college, career, and life. Catalyst Academy Charter School’s core values of Belong. Grow. Achieve. reflect the school’s deep commitment to cultivating an inclusive supportive school community where everyone – children and adults – is focused on learning every day, in order for all students to define and achieve their dreams. Catalyst Academy Charter School’s education model is designed to close both the achievement and opportunity gap.  The approach couples rigorous core academics with a broad offering in the arts and sciences. Students will experience STEM learning daily and arts programming four days per week. Enroll your first grader today!