• Collaboration


    CMSD and Charter School Sponsorship

    Students One of the ways CMSD works with high-quality charter schools is as a charter school sponsor, also known as authorizer. Charter school sponsors enter into a contract with the governing board of charter schools. The contract outlines the obligations of both parties.

    Sponsors have legal obligations to provide sufficient technical assistance and oversight and monitoring. Sponsors must ensure that the schools meet all legally mandated fiscal, academic, and operational requirements.

    CMSD currently sponsors 11 charter schools. Nine of these are part of the Breakthrough Schools Network. CMSD also sponsors Stonebrook Montessori and Promise Academy, a dropout recovery school.



    Thank you for your interest in charter school sponsorship with CMSD.
    We have a rigorous application process based upon principles and standards developed by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. All charter schools sponsored by CMSD are considered partners with CMSD and thus qualify for a portion of levy funds that the District shares with charter schools.

    Our 2017-18 applications for new schools, replications schools, and schools wishing to transfer sponsorship will be released in June 2017. We recently made some changes to our application, including a revamped parent and community engagement section. 
    The CMSD application for the 2017-18 cycle can be found below. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Klupinski (Stephanie.Klupinski@clevelandmetroschools.org).

    The Application Timeline for the 2017-18 cycle is as follows:

    • Application Issued: June 2017
    • Intent to Apply Due: August 1, 2017
    • Application Due: September 15, 2017
    • Interviews: October 2-31, 2017
    • Decisions Made: November 2017

    Please also note that recent changes in Ohio law may impact whether CMSD can sponsor new or additional schools. All sponsors in Ohio are evaluated annually by the Ohio Department of Education through a sponsor performance review. The results of the review must be published between October 1 and October 15 of each year. Sponsors that are rated ineffective are prohibited from sponsoring new or additional schools during the time the sponsor is rated ineffective. CMSD’s current rating is ineffective based on the results published on October 15, 2016. While CMSD fully intends to improve its next rating and become eligible once more to sponsor new schools, and on the basis of that determination is issuing this RFP, prospective applicants are advised of the uncertainty of the current situation.

    Any questions about the application process should be directed to Stephanie Klupinski, Executive Director of Charter Schools. She can be reached at 216-838-0179 or Stephanie.Klupinski@clevelandmetroschools.org.



    Renewal Information

    Sponsors are legally required to provide technical assistance to the schools. Technical assistance is defined in OAC 3301-102-02 as “the provision of targeted and customized supports by professionals with subject matter expertise relevant to the operations of a community school toward successfully fulfilling its obligations under applicable rules, laws and the terms of its community school contract.” Please contact Stephanie Klupinski (216-838-0179) if you need technical assistance.