Applying for Sponsorship

Thank you for your interest in charter school sponsorship (authorizing) with the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. Our deadline for new schools applying for the 2014-15 school year was April 1, 2013. The timeline for new schools seeking to open in the fall of 2015 follows.

Timeline for New Charter School Applications


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 2015 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. To view the contents of the 2015 application, please use the following links:

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.