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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May 08 2015

Why I love my school- Ebony Alexander

Why I love charter school is because they can’t discriminate against students because of their race, gender, or disability. I think that with charter schools, we can definitely eliminate most of the common bullying issues and can help students lea...

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.

For instance, OCC...

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Extra Credit Reading
May 08 2015

Why I love my school- Ebony Alexander

Why I love charter school is because they can’t discriminate against students because of their race, gender, or disability. I think that with charter schools, we can definitely eli...
May 08 2015

WEA successfully creates Certified Wildlife Habitat

The National Wildlife Federation® (NWF) recently recognized Mrs. Navarre’s kindergarten class at Wildwood Environmental Academy (WEA) for successfully creating an official Certifie...
OCCS schools are today delivering on the promise of charter education to give every child an opportunity for an effective education and which the Department is expecting of the entire sector by 2020.
[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.