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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Feb 03 2016

National Authorizer Group Gives OCCS Top Rating

OCCS receives top rating from national authorizer group

Though largely unseen, and too often misunderstood, the work of charter school authorizers (aka sponsors) is a key factor in the ultimate success of charter schools. The National Assoc...

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
Feb 03 2016

National Authorizer Group Gives OCCS Top Rating

OCCS receives top rating from national authorizer group Though largely unseen, and too often misunderstood, the work of charter school authorizers (aka sponsors) is a key factor in...
Feb 03 2016

A School of Choice; CPA Recognized for Excellence

The freedom to use innovative approaches allows charter schools like Columbus Preparatory Academy to give students, parents, and teachers the opportunity to maximize student achiev...
[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.