What we do for schools

OCCS is a student-centered organization advocating excellence in education through strategic partnerships.

With over 15 years of experience in school sponsorship, Ohio Council of Community Schools oversees 46 charter schools across the state of Ohio, ensuring they are legally, fiscally, and academically sound. We sponsor (aka authorize) charter schools in Ohio,...

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Oct 13 2016

Ohio Council of Community Schools Receives High Marks in Quality Practices and Compliance

The much anticipated Sponsor Performance Review (SPR) results were released today and the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) received high marks in Quality Practices and Compliance. We are proud to have scored Effective for the 2014-2015 sch...

What we do for schools

OCCS is a student-centered organization advocating excellence in education through strategic partnerships.

With over 15 years of experience in school sponsorship, Ohio Council of Community Schools oversees 46 charter schools across the state of Ohio, ensuring they are legally, fiscally, and academically sound. We sponsor (aka authorize) charter schools in Ohio, including brick-and-mortar schools, virtual schools, and blended schools.

In addition to basic monitoring and oversight, OCCS partners with its schools to offer robust technical assistance in the areas of finance, special education, academics, and more. We collaborate with our schools, management partners, and other education advocates to ensure all students have access to high-quality education options.

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Extra Credit Reading
Oct 13 2016

Ohio Council of Community Schools Receives High Marks in Quality Practices and Compliance

The much anticipated Sponsor Performance Review (SPR) results were released today and the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) received high marks in Quality Practices and Comp...
Oct 13 2016

Quotes in response to release of 2016 state report card

Sponsors are the only educational group in Ohio not granted Safe Harbor from the consequences of the new AIR test. The rigor of the AIR tests was witnessed by all with the release...
[OCCS] is highly engaged with the schools that they sponsor, attending school events, celebrating their successes and supporting their needs.  OCCS forms partnerships to lead and assist their schools. Several years ago, OCCS created a Student Scholarship Program that they make available to students in all Ohio public schools.  They truly care about children succeeding.
...OCCS has emerged as a leading voice for quality in Ohio’s charter schools. Its staff has a powerful range of experience, skill, and knowledge.