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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Mar 27 2015

WEA awarded for ecology education; teacher wins national fellowship

Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) proudly congratulates Wildwood Environmental Academy (WEA) for receiving the Eco-School of the Year Award from Lourdes University. WEA was nominated by the Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment (SAVE...

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
Mar 27 2015

WEA awarded for ecology education; teacher wins national fellowship

Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) proudly congratulates Wildwood Environmental Academy (WEA) for receiving the Eco-School of the Year Award from Lourdes University. WEA was...
Mar 20 2015

Spring 2015 newsletter

To read our spring 2015 newsletter which highlights OCCS' governing board training initatives, School Choice Week celebration, Teacher of the Year awards, and annual report go here...
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.