What we do for schools

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

With over 14 years of experience in school sponsorship, Ohio Council of Community Schools oversees 52 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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Jul 25 2014

OCCS 2014 conference recap

Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) hosted its inaugural conference, “Next Generation of Accountability,” at The University of Toledo on July 16th. Over 100 educators, school administrators and management partners from around the state gather...

What we do for schools

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

With over 14 years of experience in school sponsorship, Ohio Council of Community Schools oversees 52 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
Jul 25 2014

OCCS 2014 conference recap

Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) hosted its inaugural conference, “Next Generation of Accountability,” at The University of Toledo on July 16th. Over 100 educators, school...
Jul 24 2014

Summer newsletter

Check out our summer newsletter which announces leadership change, highlights our reauthorization process that was featured by NACSA, announces the new Director of Academics and Sc...
If education excellence is the goal of the school-choice community, then proactive engagement on the part of Ohio's charter sponsors is key to quality stewardship of our charter schools. OCCS recognizes this with energy, leadership and transparency that is very reassuring.
[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.