Our Mission: The ESCLEW Community
Schools Center is a student-centered authorizer of charter schools,
advancing quality educational opportunities throughout the state of
The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West (ESCLEW) has been sponsoring community (charter) schools in Ohio since 1998 and was one of the original pilot program sponsors. Today, ESCLEW provides responsible oversight, monitoring, and technical assistance to 53 community schools statewide. The staff in our Community Schools Center helps to provide a focus on academic, operational, and fiscal integrity. The Community Schools Center is accepting applications for new schools and replication or transfer of sponsorship for the 2018-19 school year.
Community schools attract students because of the uniqueness of their
particular educational approach and program offerings. Community
schools prioritize developmentally appropriate instruction, educational
effectiveness, and academic achievement. Schools sponsored by the ESC of
Lake Erie West include a gifted school, 27 special needs schools, 2
autism schools, 2 e-schools, and 1 drop-out recovery school. We also
sponsor schools that focus on STEM education, college preparatory
classes, career and technical education, and character development.
The promise community schools hold for educational reform lies in a
thoughtful combination of freedom and accountability. Underwritten with
public funds but run independently, community schools are held
accountable by their sponsors for academic and fiscal performance and
must meet the same rigorous standards as traditional school districts.