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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. We also are one of only four sponsors in the state to be rated Effective or better in the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

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.

See Applicant Update for latest information. The application window is currently closed.

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 ESCs 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

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican (9-13)

1270 Brentnell Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219

2017-18 Annual Review

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

2017-18 Annual Review

Jonathan Stevens

Governing Board
Eric Brandon
Valerie Johnson
Marlayna Randolph, Ph.D.
Janet Ravneberg
Andrew Schabo, Esq.
Wendell Scott
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

2017-18 Annual Review

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

2017-18 Annual Review

Greg Brown and Eileen Meers

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

Maritime Academy of Toledo (5-12)

803 Water Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604

2017-18 Annual Review

Tom Shafer

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 *This website was created by the Oakstone Community School Governing Authority.  Families are communicated to with an internet communication system called Renweb.

2017-18 Annual Review

Heather Kronewetter

Governing Board
Thad Boggs
Sherry Chapin
Jere Corven
Dave Huelsman
Dave Lambert
Jason Warner