2022-2023 New School Application

  • This application is for developers seeking to open their first brand new community school. Please review the call for new schools, cover letter, timeline, and attachment list before beginning this application. Schools may now be located in any district and not only in challenged districts. Please note that all file uploads are required to be in PDF format and titled according to their attachment number. You also have the option to "copy and paste" text from a document into a text box. At the bottom of the Application, there is a Save and Continue Later option for your convenience. Please see the New School Application Rubric for specific information on scoring for each question.
  • St. Aloysius currently does not have any spots for the 2022-2023 school year. Please indicate below if you would like to be put on a waitlist for the 2022-2023 school year, should a spot become available, or if you would like to ONLY be considered for the 2023-2024 school year. Please note, placement on the waitlist is contingent on approval of the application.
  • General Information

    Name of the Primary Contact for the application and the Organization completing the application on behalf of the school:
  • Please list the district in which the school will be located.
  • Affiliates

  • Are you now, or have you been, involved with any charter/community school, in any capacity, inside or outside Ohio? If yes, please list the charter/community school and your capacity with that school. You may click the plus symbol to add additional rows if needed.
  • Charter/Community SchoolCapacity 
  • Development Team

    This section focuses on the development team for the proposed school. The development team plays a critical role in starting the school and Team members should have a varied range of expertise. This section will be scored on the following criteria (based on the resumes uploaded below): 1. the team consists of several individuals with diverse skills; 2. evidence was provided showing the team members have expertise in at least three (3) of the following areas: business, education, finance, technology and governance.
  • Provide a current resume for each development team member and upload as a single PDF document titled Attachment 1. Note: Each resume must contain current contact information (mailing address and phone number).
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    • If any member of the development team plans to continue to be involved with the school or the governing authority after opening, please describe the role. If no members intend on transitioning to the school or governing authority, please enter "N/A".
    • Governance

      The governing authority's role is vital to the school’s success and future existence. The governing authority sets policies, establishes the budget and is the fiduciary agent for the community school. The governing authority is responsible for compliance with the community school contract and applicable local, state and federal laws. The governing authority of the community school is the responsible entity and contracting party for any community school contract. Ohio Revised Code requires no fewer than five (5) members. Under Ohio Revised Code Section 3314.036, the governing authority must employ legal counsel, who is independent from the school’s sponsor and the operator. Independent counsel shall negotiate the school's contract with the sponsor or the school's contract with the operator.
    • Provide the names and email addresses for each governing authority member. Click the plus symbol to add additional rows. Provide a resume for each governing authority member and upload the resumes as a single PDF titled Attachment 2. This section is scored based on the number of governing authority members with all requested information provided as well as an assessment of the resumes to determine members' experience and expertise with community schools and governing authorities. Note: to receive a "Meets" you must provide, at a minimum, information and resumes for at least five members. Less than five receives a "Partially Meets" and no information and/or resumes receives a "Does Not Meet".
      NameEmail address 
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      • Under Ohio Revised Code Section 3314.036, the governing authority must employ legal counsel who is independent from both the school’s sponsor and the operator. Independent counsel shall negotiate the school's contract with the sponsor or the school's contract with the operator. While no score will be given for this section, the expectation is that the legal counsel listed has experience with Ohio law as it pertains to community schools.
        Name of Legal CounselContact Information Phone and EmailExperience with Ohio charter school law 
      • Describe the governing authority structure (including how/when meetings are held, committees, terms, etc.), recruitment and future development plans (this information is typically contained in the bylaws. If you have a draft of the bylaws, you may upload as your response). This section will be scored based on applicant providing a clear plan with all of the requested information. Plan should include that all members will work or reside within 50 miles of the school.

        Note: You may provide the information in the text box and/or upload a file. All of the requested information must be included. If uploading a file, it must be a PDF titled Bylaws/GA Structure. If ONLY uploading a file, please enter "See Attachment" in the text box.

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        • Describe the governing authority's plan to monitor, measure and evaluate the management organization's or the superintendent's performance. If you have a monitoring/evaluation tool, you may upload it as supporting documentation. If uploading a file, it must be a PDF titled GA Monitoring.
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          • Management

          • Schools are either operated by a management company or self-managed by a superintendent. Please choose an option below and only answer the questions in the corresponding section.
          • Management Company

            (Only answer the questions below if operated by a management company. If the management company currently operates schools and has a model it is replicating, please fill out the Replicator Application.)
          • What type of organization is the management company?
          • Company NameContact PersonPhone Number and EmailManagement Company EINManagement Company IRN 
          • Please provide the following:
            • • Provide a higher-level description of the management company's role with managed school(s), and
            • • Describe the management organization's responsibility to the governing authority.
            • • Upload a copy of the management agreement as a PDF document titled Attachment 3. If a management agreement has not been finalized, provide a copy of the management agreement template as a PDF document titled Attachment 3. To receive a "Meets" on this section, a final or template management agreement must be submitted AND a detailed description of the management organization's roles and responsibilities.
          • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 512 MB.
          • Please provide the following:
            • • Describe the organizational structure of the management organization including specific individuals who will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and success of the proposed school.
            • • Upload the EMO or CMO organizational chart with description of each person's responsibilities as a PDF document titled Attachment 4 with defined responsibilities for each individual.

              To receive a "Meets Expectations" all of the information above must be provided.

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            • In the box below, please provide:
              • • A formal statement of business goals, reasons they are attainable and plans for reaching them which contains information on the academic, financial and operational position of your organization over multiple years.
              • • Include how many schools the organization plans to open over the next five (5) years.
              • To receive a "Meets Expectations" the plan provided must contain all of the required elements and demonstrate the management organization's capacity to achieve the stated goals.
            • Self-Managed Organization

              (Only answer the questions below if the school will be self-managed during the term of the charter.)
            • Provide a list of the individuals who will be responsible for the following operations. Upload a resume for each individual showing relevant experience as a PDF titled Attachment 5.
              • • Testing and assessments,
              • • Human Resources,
              • • Training and Professional Development,
              • • Building Maintenance and related services,
              • • Marketing,
              • • Purchasing,
              • • Technology, AND
              • • Other operations not listed above.
              • If the superintendent or school leader has been identified, upload his/her resume.

                To receive a Meets, at least seven (7) of the areas listed must be performed by an individual with the relevant experience.

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              • Describe the superintendent's or school leader's plan for communicating with the governing authority. The plan should describe any reports that will be provided to the governing authority and how often communication is expected. This plan should also align with the governing authority structure described in this application. To receive a "Meets Expectations" the information should describe a thorough plan to keep the governing authority apprised of school performance.
              • In the box below, please provide:
                • • A formal statement of business goals, reasons they are attainable and plans for reaching them which contains information on the academic, financial and operational position over multiple years.
                • • Include how many schools you plan to open over the next five (5) years.
                • To receive a "Meets " the plan provided must contain all of the required elements and demonstrate capacity to achieve the stated goals.
              • Record of Success - Management Organization or Superintendent

              • Upload a list of each school ever affiliated with the management organization, or its individuals, or superintendent (for self-managed schools) that includes the following:

                - Names of school(s),

                - Dates of affiliation with the school(s),

                - Number of students served by year,

                - Schools' Overall Grade, Progress Grade and Performance Index Score for the years affiliated with the school(s). If any of the schools are located outside of Ohio, provide similar or equivalent performance measures for that state, AND

                -A summary for each school describing challenges encountered and/or successes achieved in the schools' academic performance.

                If any of the information above is not available, upload a narrative to provide supplemental information.

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                • Provide data evidencing the management organization's or superintendent's (for self-managed schools) financial and business experience related to starting and operating schools. This information should include:

                  - Audits of affiliated schools,

                  - The number of affiliated schools that owe money to the management company and how much is owed,

                  - Debt carried by affiliated schools.

                  This information should be provided for each school listed in the Record of Success in Academics section.

                  You may provide the information in the text box and/or upload a file. If uploading a file, it must be a PDF titled Record of Success Financial/Business. If ONLY uploading a file, please enter "See Attachment" in text box.

                  To receive a "Meets" there must be clear evidence that shows the management organization or superintendent has a record of success in the financial and business aspects of starting and operating schools.

                • Max. file size: 512 MB.
                • Describe and provide data evidencing the management organization's or superintendent's (for self-managed schools) experience and success with underserved student populations.

                  If a superintendent has not yet been selected, provide the job description and/or the job posting that shows the characteristics of the person being sought.

                  You may provide the information in the text box and/or upload a file. If uploading a file it must be a PDF titled Record of Success in Underserved Student Populations. If ONLY uploading a file, please enter "See Attachment" in the text box. To receive a "Meets", there must be strong evidence showing experience with underserved student populations.

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                  • Additional Contractors

                    List below the names of all contractors, or potential contractors, that will provide daily support services to the school that are not provided by a management organization or listed in self-management section. If a provider has not been selected, list the service and who you are in talks with.
                    • Click the plus symbol to add additional rows, if needed.
                    • To receive a "Meets" it must be clear that between support services described in the Daily Operations section, combined with those described in the Contractor section, all required daily support services will be provided.
                  • NameServices to be ProvidedContact Information Phone and Email 
                  • Conflict of Interest

                    Has any member of the governing authority or development team, including management company or treasurer/fiscal officer, been involved with an entity that was involved in a bankruptcy, closed for financial reasons, had a finding for recovery, or designated as not auditable by the Auditor of State? If YES, please list the school(s) or entities and identify the basis of the relationship in the fields below (i.e., contractor, employee of operator, treasurer, board member, etc.) You may click the plus symbol to add additional rows, if needed.
                  • School or EntityRelationship 
                  • Educational Program

                    This section focuses on the educational program of the proposed school.
                  • Please complete the education plan document that is found on the Application page of the website and upload it as a PDF document titled Education Plan. (If the application is approved, the education plan attachment will become part of the contract agreement). The education plan is broken down into the following sections: 6.3a Mission, Vision, Philosophy, 6.3b Curriculum, 6.3c Instructional Delivery Methods and Resources/Materials, 6.3d Continuous Improvement and Professional Growth, 6.3e Prevention and Intervention, 6.4a Goals and Performance Indicators, 6.5 Assessment Plan, 8.1 Organization and Staffing. Note: Please see the scoring rubric for detailed information on how this section will be scored.
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                    • Demographics and Market Research

                      This section focuses on the demographics and marketing research of the proposed school.
                    • Please provide the following:

                      - Describe how the school model will serve the unique needs/characteristics of the community that the school's students will be drawn from.

                      - Provide specific data that shows the community's need for the school's model.

                      You may provide the information in the text box and/or upload a file. If uploading a file it must be a PDF titled School Model and Community. If ONLY uploading a file, please enter "See Attachment" in the text box.

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                      • Upload a list of all schools (traditional and community) within a five (5) mile radius that offer the same grades that this school is offering. Also provide the following:

                          - Using the list of schools provided, describe the current educational options or offerings available in the community.

                          - What deficiencies or lack of capacity exists from the existing schools and how will this school fill those deficiencies?

                          - Provide an analysis of the community in the following areas:

                          1. Real Estate Market (rental property, insurance rates, property taxes),

                          2. Availability of transportations (such as bus lines),

                          3. Enrollment fluctuation in surrounding schools,

                          4. Job growth,

                          5. Number and age range of students in the surrounding area of the proposed school, AND

                          6. Crime rates.

                        • Note: You may provide the information in the text box and/or upload a file. If uploading a file, it must be a PDF titled Attachment 7 Market Research. If ONLY uploading a file, please enter "See Attachment" in the text box. To receive a Meets you must provide all of the requested information.
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                        • Upload evidence of community support for your school as a PDF document titled Attachment 8, such as:
                          • • Letters of support showing how the school will serve the community and meet student and family needs,
                          • • Surveys of local residents indicating a need/desire for a new community school,
                          • • Other community indicators of support for the school.
                          • The letters of support must:
                            • • Be dated within one year of application date,
                            • • Specifically support this school in this location.
                            • To receive a "Meets Expectations" support of the community must be shown. Providing a robust plan to establish community support may receive a "Partially Meets" and not providing either receives a "Does Not Meet".
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                          • Please provide the following:
                            • • Discuss the school’s current recruitment and marketing plans.
                            • • Discuss plans to maintain student enrollment at the lowest grade level and attrition at all grade levels.
                            • • Future marketing strategies.
                            • • Upload copies of promotional or recruitment materials including; media plans, marketing plans, open house schedules, etc. as a PDF document titled Attachment 9.
                            • To receive a "Meets Expectations" the evidence provided must reflect a realistic and attainable plan to recruit students and maintain enrollment. This should align with the enrollment projections listed below.
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                            • Enrollment Projections

                              Please enter projected enrollment in the boxes provided below, enter N/A for grades not served. Please note that Ohio law requires at least 25 students be fully enrolled to open. These projections will be considered in conjunction with the Facilities, Financial and Staffing (Ed Plan) portions of the application.
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                            • Operational Budget

                              This section focuses on the operational budget of the proposed school.
                            • Identify the school's fiscal officer.
                            • Using ODE's Community School Annual Budget template (found with the application supporting documents or on ODE's website), provide the school's first-year budget with monthly detail showing expected cash flow, assets and liabilities as a PDF document titled Attachment 10. The information in the budget should align with the enrollment projections listed above. To receive a "Meets Expectations" the budget must be complete and realistically reflect the enrollment, revenue and expenditures of the school.
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                              • Upload the proposed five-year forecast using the template prescribed by ODE (found with application supporting documents or on ODE's website) as a PDF document titled Attachment 11. If necessary, provide a brief explanation of your five-year forecast.
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                                • Upload signed letters of commitment for contributions of funds or in-kind services as a PDF document titled Attachment 12, if applicable. If necessary, provide a brief explanation of the contributions. If none, enter "N/A" in the box below.
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                                  • Describe the governing authority’s plan to maintain the school’s short and long term financial stability and viability, including potential reductions in expenditures relative to fluctuating enrollment. Note: You may provide the information in the text box and/or upload a file. All of the requested information must be included. If uploading a file, it must be a PDF titled Financial Stability. If ONLY uploading a file, please enter "See Attachment" in the text box.
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                                    • Facilities

                                      This section focuses on the facilities of the proposed school.
                                    • If the facility has NOT been secured, provide the following information:
                                      • • Describe the efforts to secure a school facility and prepare it for use by the intended opening date of the school.
                                      • • Provide, in detail, the parties responsible for securing the facility and their experience in locating potential school properties.
                                      • • Upload a list of potential properties as a PDF titled Potential Properties including the address, cost, square footage, number and size of classrooms, common areas, recreational space and renovation budget.
                                      • If a facility HAS BEEN secured, enter NA in the text box.
                                      • To receive a "Meets Expectations" all information requested must be provided. The information should align with the needs of the school as described in this application.
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                                      • If the facility has been secured, please provide the following information:
                                        • • Address of facility,
                                        • •Site plan including square footage, number and size of classrooms, common areas, recreational space.
                                        • • Any other occupants/uses of the facility,
                                        • • How the facility meets the needs of the targeted students.
                                        • If a facility has not been secured, enter NA in the text box.
                                        • To receive a "Meets Expectations, all of the information must be provided. The information provided should align with the needs of the school as described in this application.
                                      • State the real or anticipated cost and terms of the purchase agreement or lease. Include the percentage of budget that the cost of lease/purchase will make up. Upload a copy of the Purchase Agreement or Lease as a PDF document titled Attachment 13. If it is not available, provide the proposed template.
                                        • If the property will be leased by the school from the management organization, upload a letter from an independent real estate professional confirming at the time the lease was agreed to, the lease was commercially reasonable, pursuant to ORC 3314.032(B)(1).
                                        • The cost of purchase/lease must be reflected in the budget provided.
                                        • To receive a "Meets Expectations" all of the information requested above must be provided.
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                                        • State the entities or individuals who will own the property. State the entities or individuals that will be leasing the property. Identify any conflicts of interest such as facility owner/lessee being a member of the development team or governing authority. If no conflicts are present, please note that below. If a development team member signs the lease, please explain how potential conflicts will be resolved if that person becomes a school employee.
                                        • Capacity to Execute

                                          Each section of the application will be used to inform reviewers of the capacity of the applicant to execute the plan as described throughout the application. If there is any information you would like to provide that is not previously stated in the application, please provide below.
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