McKay Scholarship Information

Florida's school choice programs ensure that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program provided over 20,500 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the 2008-09 school year. The program also offers parents public school choice. A parent of a special needs student who is dissatisfied with the student’s current school may choose to transfer the student to another public school.

Students with one or more ESE disabilities with an individual educational plan (IEP) who have been enrolled and reported at a Florida public at a Florida public school during the October and February FTE surveys during the prior year are eligible for this program.

Parents of eligible students with disabilities have the following choices:

  • Continue to enroll your child in the assigned public school;
  • Transfer your child to another public school within the same district, consistent with the district's Choice Plan (transportation provided);
  • Transfer your child to another public school in an adjacent district and provide transportation; or
  • Enroll your child in a participating private school and provide transportation.

To learn more about this program and to register your intent to involve your student in this program, please visit the McKay Scholarship website.  For information about a McKay Scholarship for a qualifying ESE student, please contact the Exceptional Student Education office at 850-674-8734 ext 228.

McKay Scholarship Information