Future Schools

As one of the original sponsors of charter schools in Ohio and one of the largest in terms of both schools and student enrollment, we have wealth of experience and a strong leadership team to help you open a new school.

Your Partner of Choice

We have 20 years of experience in partnering successfully with charter school start-ups, with staff who have been leaders of the charter school movement in Ohio since its very beginning in the late 1990s. We are also the largest sponsor of e-schools in Ohio and the largest sponsor in Ohio that's sole focus is on charter school authorization. Essentially that makes us better prepared to meet compliance and focus on the success of students. We seek partnerships that allow schools to not only thrive but innovate, and hold high standards for ourselves and others. We offer robust technical assistance in finance, special education, academics, and more.

Key Resources 

Documentation for Establishing Non-Profit Status–The websites below detail the process of applying for recognition by the IRS of exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Code:

“Your Guide to Starting a Nonprofit in Ohio”
Application for Recognition of Exemption (IRS)

 Submitting Documents

If you are in the new school application or contract process, please submit documents here:

20 Years of Experience

1 of 2 original community school sponsors in Ohio

15 year designee of the University of Toledo

Only sponsor in Ohio solely focused on community school sponsorship

New school & transfer school applications

New School Application — The window is now OPEN

The Ohio Council of Community Schools accepts proposals and completed New School Applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. The Council expects at least one year of planning for new school partners. In order to be considered for opening the next year, the proposal must be received by July 1 and the New School Application must be received by September 1 of the current year.

Transfer School Application — The window is now OPEN

Contact for more information


Associate Executive Director of Development