Please Note: ESC offices will be closed with restricted access beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 through at least January 15, 2021. However, our staff are ready to serve you remotely. Please see our contact page or staff directory to reach ESC staff via email and phone. Our North Office location is still available for background check and fingerprinting services. Thank you. 

Community School Sponsorship

Community School Sponsorship

The ESC of Central Ohio has a contract with the Ohio Department of Education to sponsor community schools in the state of Ohio. "The state's education community experienced unprecedented impacts during the 2019-2020 school year due the coronavirus pandemic. The Ohio General Assembly passed emergency legislation which excluded the Academic Performance component  from the sponsor evaluation process for 2019-2020 and eliminated the rating requirement for the Compliance and Quality components. As a result, the scores for these two components are published as report-only. The maximum number of overall points a sponsor can receive is eight" (Ohio Department of Education, 2020). The ESC earned 7 points in these report-only components. That fell into the exemplary category for the Quality and Compliance components report-only (no official rating) with no assigned Academic component point value due to no state testing.

Although we are not currently accepting applications regarding the sponsorship of new schools, helpful information has been listed below, as well as contact information, should you have questions about receiving technical assistance and support services from the ESC of Central Ohio. If anything changes related to accepting new applicants, that information will be added to this page.


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The Community School Department’s mission is to monitor each of its community schools through quality sponsorship for the benefit of students in each of the sponsored schools. Although sponsoring is a small part of the ESC’s portfolio, it is dedicated to best practices for effective school choice options for parents, as supported by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and has the following goals*:
  • Education: To monitor and assess the goals of the Education Plan of the sponsorship agreement, aligning them with the Assessment and Accountability Plan.
  • Governance: To monitor and assist with governance compliance.
  • Finance: To monitor and provide feedback for fiscal viability and sustainability, providing intervention if needed.
  • Accountability: To monitor and evaluate legal compliance as well as areas of the contract.
  • Technical Assistance: To provide technical assistance in all aspects of successful school programming.
* Intervention provided in any goal area when needed.

ESC-Sponsored Community Schools & Annual Reviews/Annual Performance Reports

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican (9-13)

1270 Brentnell Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
614.258.8588
http://www.thecharlesschool.org/

2018-19 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report
2017-18 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report

Co-Superintendents
Greg Brown and Eileen Meers

Governing Board
Sara Neikirk
Melody Steely
Sue Coady
Nick Gulyassy
Kitty King
Jim Ziminski

Early College Academy

345 E. Fifth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
614.298.4742
http://www.earlycollegecolumbus.com/

2018-19 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report
2017-18 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report

Superintendent
Jonathan Stevens

Governing Board
Eric Brandon
Valerie Johnson
Marlayna Randolph, Ph.D.
Andrew Schabo, Esq.
Donald Washington

Graham Elementary and Middle School*

* Effective July 1, 2017, Graham Primary School and Graham Expeditionary Middle School officially merged into one school.  The new name for this K-8 school is Graham Elementary and Middle School.  The school remains in the same building.

140 E. 16th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
614.253.4000
http://www.gemsschool.org

2018-19 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report
2017-18 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report

Co-Superintendents
Greg Brown and Eileen Meers

Governing Board
Kitty King
Sarah Levels
Sara Neikirk
Angela Stoller-Zervas
Mari Sunami
Joyce Swayne

The Graham School (9-12)

3950 Indianola Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43214
614.262.1111
http://www.thegrahamschool.org/

2018-19 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report
2017-18 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report

Co-Superintendents
Greg Brown and Eileen Meers

Governing Board
Bill Dawson
Kim Gulyassy
Steve Gussler
Scott Lesinski
Mirria Martin
George Norris

Maritime Academy of Toledo (6-12)*

*Effective July 1, 2020, The Maritime Academy of Toledo will serve grades 6-12.  The school previously served grades 5-12.  This grade level change has been approved by both the school governing authority and the sponsor board. 
 
803 Water Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
419.244.9999
http://www.maritimeacademy.us/

2018-19 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report
2017-18 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report

Superintendent
Tom Shafer

Principal
Aaron Lusk

Governing Board:
Jim Hartung
Robert Lucas
Barb Pinter
Jack Sculfort
Linda Stacy
Bill Davis
Keith Jordan

Oakstone Community School (K-12)

5747 Cleveland, Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43231
614.458.1085
http://ocsboard.org/ *This website was created by the Oakstone Community School Governing Authority.  Families are communicated to with an internet communication system called Renweb.

2018-19 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report
2017-18 Annual Review/Annual Performance Report

Superintendent
Heather Kronewetter

Governing Board
Thad Boggs
Sherry Chapin
Jere Corven
Scott Duffy
Kelli Reavling-Cobb
Jason Warner

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