About Us

Education Division Focused Mission Statement

The mission of Buckeye Community Hope Foundations is Building Communities and Rebuilding Lives. The Education Division has a clear and focused Mission Statement that supports the overall Mission of the Foundation through the sponsorship of high quality community schools in Ohio. We pride ourselves in being one of the first highly rated sponsors in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Education.

The Mission of the Education Division of Buckeye Community Hope Foundation is to establish strong public community schools by adhering to quality authorizing practices, ensuring responsible oversight, and setting high standards for school performance.

Vision Statement

Our Vision is strong communities of healthy, well-educated students. We envision a future where ALL students have access to a high quality public education. Ohio Communities thrive as increasing numbers of schools graduate students equipped to assume a positive role in society.

Core Values


Operational Statements

We are an industry leader. We embrace the opportunity to contribute in a positive way to the school choice community.

We work together as a team – within our Division, with our Boards, with our School Leaders, and most importantly with our families.

We understand the challenges faced in the day to day work in our schools. We empathize with the obstacles faced by our families in seeking a better future for their children.

We are the subject matter experts. We have a positive impact in public education in Ohio.

We all have a stake in the future of our students and their school.


The Buckeye Community Hope Foundation (BCHF) was approved as a community school sponsor by the State of Ohio Board of Education in 2004. BCHF believes that community schools are an innovative and progressive approach for developing high quality educational options and seeks to foster and nurture productive relationships with Ohio community schools, providing ongoing guidance and professional oversight geared toward the success of community schools and their students. BCHF is committed to promoting high student achievement, financial stewardship, and responsible governance and management with the schools we authorize.

Community Schools also known as “Charter Schools” are not-for-profit, public schools that operate under contract with an authorized sponsor entity. They receive state and federal funds and are therefore subject to appropriate accountability and transparency. Over 300 charter schools are delivering high quality educational options to thousands of children in Ohio.

Sponsoring organizations were initiated by State Legislation to sponsor the creation of and monitor the activities of Charter Schools. The contract between the Sponsor and the School’s Governing Authority serves as the foundation for oversight geared toward the success of the community schools and their students. BCHF has an obligation to the public to monitor the charter schools we authorize to help ensure they are in full compliance with State and Federal laws, and the academic goals agreed to in their contract. A representative from Buckeye Community Hope Foundation conducts bi-monthly site visits to schools while classes are in session, monitors the academic delivery in the classroom, and provides ongoing guidance and technical assistance as needed. Additionally a sponsor representative, knowledgeable in school finance reviews the financial records of the school to ensure the schools are fiscally sound.

The Education Division of BCHF consists of statewide regional representatives, a school improvement team, a financial reviewer, a compliance reviewer, a data collection manager, its Division Director and Associate Director.

We are changing the lives of more than fourteen thousand students and paving the way to a brighter future through education!


National Association of Charter School Authorizers – NACSA
Ohio Association of Charter School Authorizers – OACSA
Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools – OAPCS
Ohio Coalition for Quality Education – OCQE