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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Sep 17 2014

Cleveland selected as Gates Foundation “Compact City”; ICAN Schools and Stepstone recognized

The ICAN schools and Stepstone Academy were highlighted in a recent announcement that Cleveland has been designated as a “Compact City” by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Compact Cities are recognized (and funded) for transformative, collab...

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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Sep 17 2014

Cleveland selected as Gates Foundation “Compact City”; ICAN Schools and Stepstone recognized

The ICAN schools and Stepstone Academy were highlighted in a recent announcement that Cleveland has been designated as a “Compact City” by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Co...
Sep 08 2014

7 in 10 favor charter schools

Late last month, the results for the 46th annual PDK/Gallup Poll Of the Public's Attitude Toward the Public Schools was released. The poll is based on telephone survey responses fr...
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.