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 50 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.

For instance, OCCS monitors federal and state requirements for charter schools, including building code compliance, teacher certification, staffing certifications and eligibility, background checks, and more. Throughout the year, OCCS sees that fire drills, and health and safety requirements have been met. Details of how OCCS performs these services can be found on this website under the Programs and Services section.

OCCS also makes sure that all schools meet requirements that govern testing. This is done through a regimented process of school visits by regional representatives of OCCS, who are located in every major area of Ohio where our charter schools exist. These representatives help school boards and leaders keep their school policies up-to-date to comply with state and federal requirements. To make this process easier and more understandable for school leaders, boards of directors, and operators, OCCS has its own sample policies available for school boards and leaders to serve as guidance as each school board crafts its own unique policies governing operation of its school.

OCCS regional representatives prepare monthly reports on student progress, teacher certifications, and financial performance for each school, and attend the regular school board meetings to brief board members on its oversight of the schools, performing a vital, independent link between the school board and the school.

Of course, there is a great deal that goes into this relationship between OCCS and charter school boards of directors and operators, but of one thing you can be sure: OCCS is the premier charter school authorizer in Ohio! So, if you are considering opening a school, or if you are simply looking for a new authorizer for your existing school or schools, please feel free to give us a call. We would love to talk about how we can help your school – and your students – become big successes. Below is a detailed explanation of the application process to become an OCCS school.