Belong. Grow. Achieve. Our common values are the cornerstone of our educational efforts at Catalyst. While founding and opening our tuition-free charter school in a pandemic truly made for some unprecedented experiences, we could not be more proud of how far we have come — together. 

We are thrilled to share the results of our recent family survey. We feel it’s a litmus test of the intention and accountability we ascribe to  — as partners —  with our much valued families as a whole, and to each special, individual, beloved scholar as a unique learner. 

How did we do? We’re glad you asked! Survey says: 

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  • 93% of families agree that their scholar feels they BELONG at Catalyst! 
  • 93% of families have seen their scholar GROW SIGNIFICANTLY while at Catalyst! 
  • 93% of families LOVE Catalyst’s focus on preparing their scholars to ACHIEVE! 


  • 95% of families would recommend us! 

This is so validating! On behalf of our dedicated faculty, leaders, board and community — thank you!  Our scholars and families deserve our absolute best. This survey is a reminder to keep on keeping on; to keep curating our innovative ideas and proven methodologies for our one-of-a-kind, adored scholars each and every school day. 

We set out to do things differently — and we love knowing it’s well received. From our daily STEM classes to Art four days a week, our scholars are able to create and explore in new and meaningful ways. We’re addressing learning gaps for our first graders from distance learning disruptions during their Kinder year at other schools.  And we have a keen eye on how every scholar is adapting to their in-person school time with us. 

And speaking of new, Catalyst Academy is the first new K-8 charter school in Pittsburgh in six years.  We opened as a K-1 school in the fall of 2020, and will grow a grade each year to eventually serve kindergarten through 8th grade. For 2021-22 we will serve kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades!  Apply now at

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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. Find out more about us and join our charter school family, today.  We’re enrolling K-2! 

About Catalyst Academy 

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 Kinder, first or second grader today!