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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Apr 15 2014

Senator Lehner visits CPA to see a “Great School in Columbus”

Congratulations to Columbus Preparatory Academy (CPA) for being featured in Ohio Coalition for Quality Education’s (OCQE) new program, “Visiting Great Schools in Columbus,” an initiative in which OCQE invites legislators and their staff to visit g...

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
Apr 15 2014

Senator Lehner visits CPA to see a “Great School in Columbus”

Congratulations to Columbus Preparatory Academy (CPA) for being featured in Ohio Coalition for Quality Education’s (OCQE) new program, “Visiting Great Schools in Columbus,” an init...
Apr 09 2014

CPFA recognized as Touchdown School for commitment to health

Congratulations to Columbus Preparatory and Fitness Academy for being recognized as a Touchdown School by Fuel Up to Play 60, a national movement that encourages youth to eat healt...
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.
Under Darlene Chambers’ visionary leadership, 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.