Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West


Located in the heart of Toledo and established in 1914, the ESC of Lake Erie West is one of the largest educational service centers in the StatePhoto of outside of Lucas County ESC offices. of Ohio. The ESC of Lake Erie West is part of a statewide network of ESCs in Ohio. Providing services at the local, regional and statewide level, the ESC of Lake Erie West’s mission is to “provide quality resources and services that meet the unique needs of our partners in the educational community”.

At the local level, the ESC of Lake Erie West is affiliated with nine districts in Lucas and Wood counties (Anthony Wayne, Maumee, Oregon, Ottawa Hills, Perrysburg, Rossford, Springfield, Sylvania, and Washington Local. Services to these districts range from direct contracted services (e.g. speech therapists; gifted teachers) to more indirect services (e.g. support, information and professional development on new Ohio education initiatives). The ESC of Lake Erie West also serves as the fiscal agent for 18 private and parochial schools in Lucas and surrounding counties in the administration of their Auxiliary Services Program funding.

On the regional level, the ESC of Lake Erie West is the fiscal agent for State Support Team Region 1 (SSTR1). SSTR1 is one of sixteen State Support Teams in Ohio. The SSTR1 provides services (i.e. tools, resources, technical assistance and high-quality professional development activities) to educators, parents and families in 13 northwest Ohio counties (76 school districts, 39 community schools, 4 career centers, and 8 ESCs ) in the focus areas of school improvement, special education compliance, postsecondary transition, early learning and school readiness, and parent and family involvement.

On the statewide level, the ESC of Lake Erie West is the sponsor of 59 community schools located throughout Ohio. As a sponsor, the ESC of Lake Erie West’s community schools staff is primarily focused on two main areas – compliance with state laws and regulations and promoting a strong academic program at each sponsored school.

Many state programs such as preschool accreditation, community schools, ongoing education, gifted education, public preschool, and others have been piloted through the ESC of Lake Erie West. Board members, staff members, programs, and materials have received local, state, and national recognition for outstanding achievement.

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We are a Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center

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Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West (click the logo).

Challenger Center for Space Science Education is a global nonprofit organization created in 1986 by the families of the Challenger 51-L crew tragically lost during the Challenger’s tenth mission. The Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West is part of a network of centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. 

A visit to the Challenger Learning Center is not just a field trip. It’s a unique hands-on learning experience, transforming you into a scientist, engineer, or researcher on a simulated space mission, complete with mission control and a spacecraft! From the moment of lift-off to the completion of the mission, you become a critical member of one of eight teams.

Using College and Career readiness skills like Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity; teams work together to successfully complete the mission.

Sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.