Thank you for your interest in charter school sponsorship (i.e., authorizing) with the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. We currently sponsor eleven schools throughout the state of Ohio that collectively serve approximately 2,900 students. This page provides information for new school applicants, existing schools seeking to switch sponsors (i.e., assignment), renewal applicants, and applicants that qualify for our expedited application process. The following documents provide additional detail, and please feel free to contact our Dayton office at 937-227-3368 for additional information. 

Information for new school applicants (NOTE: The deadline for new schools seeking to open in the fall of 2015 was April 1, 2014. Please see the memo for fall 2016 deadlines)

Information for existing schools seeking to switch sponsors

Information for renewal applicants

Information on Fordham's expedited application process

Timeline for New Charter School Applications (Fall 2015)


Online application available


Deadline to submit application


Fordham staff and external reviewers evaluate application

5/1/2014 – 7/15/2014

Interviews conducted, lead summaries finalized


Developers whose applications are not recommended to move forward are notified

By 9/1/2014

Fordham board vote on new school contracts

By 10/31/2014

Applicants notified of decision

By 10/31/2014

Sponsorship contracts drafted

By 1/31/2015

Drafts sent to school boards for review


Agreements finalized, executed and sent to ODE with contract checklist

By 3/15/2015

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's charter school sponsorship application must be completed via our online application. Applications will not be accepted in hard copy or via email. To obtain a login code for your application, please fill out completely the information requested below and we will contact you directly with login information.

We are currently updating our application materials for 2016. Please check back in November to obtain a copy of the 2016 application materials.


Applications from existing schools seeking Fordham sponsorship are accepted on an ongoing basis; please call our Dayton office at 937-227-3368 for additional details or to obtain log in access to complete and submit an application.