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Charter schools in Central Ohio

A charter school is a public school, usually created or organized by a group of teachers, parents and community leaders or a community-based organization, and usually sponsored by an existing local public school board or county board of education.  Specific goals and operating procedures for the charter school are detailed in an agreement (or "charter") between the sponsoring board and charter organizers. 

Charter schools operate on three basic principles:

  • Choice: Charter schools give families an opportunity to pick the school most suitable for their child’s educational well-being. Teachers choose to create and work at schools where they directly shape the best working and learning environment for their students and themselves. Likewise, charter sponsors choose to authorize schools that are likely to best serve the needs of the students in a particular community.
  • Accountability: Charter schools are judged on how well they meet the student achievement goals established by their charter contract. Charter schools must also show that they can perform according to rigorous fiscal and managerial standards. If a charter school cannot perform up to the established standards, it will be closed.
  • Freedom:  While charter schools must adhere to the same major laws and regulations as all other public schools, they are freed from the red tape that often diverts a school’s energy and resources away from educational excellence. Instead of constantly jumping through procedural hoops, charter school leaders can focus on setting and reaching high academic standards for their students.

Central Ohio is home to a significant number of charter schools, ranging from charters that focus on the basics--reading, writing and the traditional subjects with which some children struggle--to schools that have special arts or music programs.  Some charters look just like other public schools while others are "virtual".  There are also charters that offer dropout prevention programs, adult education programs, Head Start and day care needs, and programs tailored for children who want to go to college.  For a complete list of Central Ohio's many charter schools broken down by individual counties, see below.

Online Charter Schools in Ohio

Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT)
www.ecotohio.org/home.php
K-12

Ohio Connections Academy
www.connectionsacademy.com/ohio-school/free-online-public-school.aspx
K-12

Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy
www.ohdela.com
K-12

Ohio Virtual Academy
www.ohva.org
K-12

Virtual Community School of Ohio
www.vcslearn.org/
K-12

Virtual Schoolhouse
virtualschoolhouse.org/default.asp
K-12
 

Charter Schools in Central Ohio

Athens County: n/a

Belmont County: n/a

Champaign County:

Graham Digital Academy
www.graham.k12.oh.us/
Saint Paris
K-12

Urbana Community School

www.urbana.k12.oh.us/
Urbana
K-12

Clark County:

Greenon Virtual School
http://www.publicschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/124754
Enon
4-12

Life Skills Center of Springfield
www.wediducan.com/
Springfield
9-12

Springfield Academy of Excellence
www.thepchelpdesksupport.com/1156214498/www/
Springfield
K-6

Coshocton County:

Coshocton Opportunity School
www.coshoctonredskins.com/
Coshocton
K-12

Crawford County: n/a

Delaware County: n/a

Fairfield County:

Amanda-Clearcreek Community School
www.amanda.k12.oh.us/
Amanda
K
 
Lancaster Digital Academy
www.lancaster.k12.oh.us/
Lancaster
K-12

Lancaster Fairfield Alternative School
www.lancaster.k12.oh.us/
Lancaster
7-12

Franklin County:

A+ Arts Academy
http://www.aplusarts.com
Columbus
6-8

Academic Acceleration Academy
http://www.columbus.k12.oh.us/career_education/prep.htm
Columbus
8-12

Arts and College Preparatory Academy
http://www.artcollegeprep.com/
Columbus
9-12

Capitol City Academy
http://www.columbusbilingual.org/
Columbus
Ages 16-21

Chase Academy for Communication Arts
www.zillow.com/school/OH-Columbus/Chase-Academy-For-Communication-Arts-11254/Chase-Academy-For-Communication-Arts-67847/
Columbus
K-8

C.M. Grant Leadership Academy
http://www.leonagroup.com/grant.index.htm
Columbus
K-6

Columbus Arts and Technology Academy

http://www.columbusata.org/
Columbus
K-8

Columbus Humanities Arts and Technical Academy
columbushumanitiesata.org/
Columbus
K-7

Columbus Preparatory Academy
http://www.columbuspreparatory.org/
Columbus
K-8

Columbus Preparatory and Fitness Academy
http://www.edvantages.com/
Columbus
K-8

Cornerstone Academy
http://www.cornerstone-school.net/
Columbus
K-4

Crittenton Community School
http://www.dfyf.org/critteron.php
Columbus
6-9

Focus Learning Academy East
http://www.focuslearn.org/
Columbus
9-12

Focus Learning Academy North
focuslearn.org/
Columbus
9-12

Focus Learning Academy Southwest
http://www.focuslearn.org/
Columbus
9-12

Focus on Collective Integrity (FCI)
http://www.fci-academy.org/
Columbus
6-12

Gahanna Alternative Community School
www.gahannaschools.org/
Gahanna
5-12

George Washington Carver Preparatory Academy
www.psk12.com/rating/USindivphp/SchID_101811.html
Columbus
K-8

Graham School
www.thegrahamschool.org/
Columbus
9-12

Granville T. Woods Community Shule

http://www.gtwshule.org/
Columbus
K-6
 
Hamilton Alternative Academy
www.hamilton-local.k12.oh.us/school_NewsArticle.aspx
Columbus
K-12

Horizon Science Academy - Columbus
www.horizoncolumbus.org/
Columbus
9-12

Imagine Academy at Sullivant
www.imaginesullivant.com/
Columbus
K-6

Imagine Academy of Columbus

www.imagineschoolsaoc.com/
Columbus
K-8

Imagine Great Western Academy
http://www.imagineschoolsgwa.com/
Columbus
K-6

Imagine Groveport Community School
www.imagineschoolsgpt.com/
Groveport
K-4

Imagine Groveport Preparatory
www.imagineschoolsgpt.com/
Groveport
5-8

Imagine Harrisburg Pike Community School
www.harrisburgpikehornets.com/
Columbus
K-4

International Academy of Ohio
www.schooldigger.com/go/OH/schools/0019004714/school.aspx
Columbus
K-10

KIPP: Journey Academy
www.kippjourneyacademy.org/
Columbus
5-6

Life Skills Center of Northern Columbus
www.wediducan.com/
Columbus
9-12

Life Skills Center of Southeastern Columbus

http://www.wediducan.com/
Columbus
9-12

Life Skills Center of Southwestern Columbus
www.lifeskillscenter.com/
Grove City
9-12

Millenium Community School
http://www.2kschool.com/
Columbus
K-5

Montessori Renaissance Experience

www.montessoricommunityschool.org/
Columbus
K-6

Northland Preparatory and Fitness Academy

www.edvantages.com/Northland/Northland_welcome.html
Columbus
K-8

Oakstone Academy
www.ccde.org/oakstone.html
Columbus
K-12

Premier Academy of Ohio
http://www.premieracademyohio.org/
Columbus
7-12

Pschtecin Public Charter School
pschtecin.org/default.aspx
Columbus
8-12

ScholArts Community School
http://www.scholarts.org/
Columbus
K-12

South Scioto Academy
http://www.leonagroup.com/scioto/index.htm
Columbus
K-4

Summit Academy Community School - Columbus
www.summitacademies.com/
Columbus
1-8

The Charles School

http://www.thecharlesschool.org/
Columbus
9-10

Upper Arlington International Baccalaureate High School
http://www.uaschools.org/index.aspx?nid=306
Upper Arlington
11-12

W.C. Cupe Community School
http://www.wccupe.com/
Columbus
K-4

Westside Academy
www.westside-academy.com/
Columbus
K-8

Whitehall Preparatory and Fitness Academy
http://www.edvantages.com/Whitehall/Whitehall_welcome.html
Whitehall
K-8

Wickliffe Progressive Community School
http://www.uaschools.org/index.aspx?nid=153
Upper Arlington
K-5

YouthBuild Columbus Community School
http://www.youthbuildcolumbus.info/
Columbus
9-12+

Zenith Academy
zenithacademy.org/
Columbus
K-8

Guernsey County: n/a

Hancock County: n/a

Findlay Digital Academy
fda.findlaycityschools.org/
Findlay
9-12

Hardin County: n/a
 

Hocking County: n/a

Knox County: n/a

Licking County:

Lakewood Digital Academy
www.lakewoodlocal.k12.oh.us/school_home.aspx
Hebron
K-12

Newark Digital Academy
www.newarkcity.k12.oh.us/school_DigitalAcademy.aspx
Newark
K-12

Southwest Licking Digital Academy
www.swl.k12.oh.us/schools/dig/digital.htm
Pataskala
K-12

Logan County: n/a
 

Madison County:

London Digital Academy
www.london.k12.oh.us/
London
K-12

Marion County:

Marion City Digital Academy
www.marysville.k12.oh.us/site/
Marion
K-12

Pleasant Community Digital Academy
www.pleasant.treca.org/
Marion
K-12
 
Ridgedale Community School
www.ridgedale.k12.oh.us/
Morral
K-12
 
River Valley Digital Academy
www.rivervalley.k12.oh.us/rivervalley/site/default.asp
Caledonia
K-12

TRECA Digital Academy
www.tda.treca.org/
Marion
K-12

Monroe County: n/a

Morrow County:

Cardington Lincoln Digital Academy
www.cardington.k12.oh.us/
Cardington
K-12
 
GOAL Digital Academy
www.goaldigital.org/
Edison
K-12

Morgan County: n/a

Muskingum County:

Franklin Local Community School
www.franklin-local.k12.oh.us/buildings/FLCS/flcsindex.htm
Duncan Falls
K-12

Foxfire High School
foxfire.schoolwires.com/foxfire/site/default.asp
Zanesville
10-12

Noble County: n/a

Perry County: n/a

Pickaway County: n/a

Richland County:

Foundation Academy of Mansfield
foundationacad.org/
Mansfield
K-5

Interactive Media and Construction Academy (IMAC)

www.tygerpride.com/page.cfm
Mansfield
9-12

Mansfield Community Elementary
www.constellationschools.com/EZ_Dept_Menu.aspx
Mansfield
K-6

Mansfield Elective Academy

www.tygerpride.com/page.cfm
Mansfield
K-8

Mansfield Enhancement Academy STAR School
www.tygerpride.com/page.cfm
Mansfield
9-12

Mansfield Visual and Performing Arts Community School

www.constellationschools.com/EZ_Dept_Menu.aspx
Mansfield
K-6

Union County: n/a

Washington County: n/a

Wyandot County: n/a
 

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