Community school information


Each Community School will have its own enrollment process.

Community Schools are non-selective and must admit students on a first-come, first-served basis unless they use a lottery. After the school is full, the school must keep a waitlist.

Community Schools may choose to not accept students expelled from district schools.

Community Schools often use tours and interviews as part of the enrollment process.


No academic or behavioral requirements.

Community Schools must follow a student’s education plan, if the student has one (IEP/ETR/504).

How to choose this type of school

Contact the enrollment coordinator at the school you are interested in.

Community Schools are sponsored by organizations that help ensure they are following rules and providing quality educational services. These sponsors can provide information and support for families.

Contact Community School sponsors in your area to learn what schools are available. Sponsors can also advocate for families and students and help you understand school policies and processes.


Community Schools begin enrolling in the spring before the next fall’s school year. Schools enroll until their spaces are filled, and then they must have a waitlist.


Students enrolled in nonpublic or community schools may be entitled to pupil transportation services from their public school district of residence.

Upon enrollment in a community school, the parent/guardian should contact the transportation department of the public school district in which they reside. A written request is strongly suggested. Without this initial contact, the public school district will not have any knowledge of the student’s transportation needs.

The school district you live in must provide transportation for students in grades K-8 who live farther than 2 miles from the school they want to attend. Bus stops can be located up to 1/2 mile from the student’s home.

The school district you live in is not required to transport a student a distance of more than 30 minutes of driving time.

If the school district you live in decides they cannot provide transportation, they may offer to pay parents instead.

Schools only must transport students in grades 9-12 if they provide that service for their own students.

Visit the Ohio Department of Education’s page on Community Schools for more information.