McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

NEW - Use one of the following links to download the McKay Scholarship Program Notification Letter:

The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, originally created in 1999, provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities.

If your child meets all Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) McKay eligibility criteria, you may request enrollment in another public school or may seek acceptance to a participating private school.

  • The child must have an Individual Education Plan or a 504 Plan (not to include a temporary 504 plan of less than 6 months).
  • The child must have been in attendance at a Florida public school and met FTE requirements for the preceding school year.
  • You must access www.floridaschoolchoice.org and file intent to participate with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).
  • For public school choice option an application must be completed by the parent/guardian with “reasonable notice” of no less than 30 days to participate in the public school choice option.

McKay Scholarship FAQs

Important Dates

If you filed Intent by: July 3     Sept 2     Dec 3     Feb 1
Your child must be enrolled by: Aug 2     Oct 2     Jan 2     Mar 2
For the school to receive payment on: Sept 1     Nov 1     Feb 1     April 1
Maximum scholarship amount for the  
        rest of the school year: 100%     75%     50%     25%

Note:

  1. If your child is currently on a McKay Public School Choice, you do not need re‐file an intent on the State website.
  2. If your child is currently on a McKay Public School Choice and will be transitioning from elementary to middle or middle to high school, you will need to file a new application for McKay Public School Choice, if you wish to choose a school other than the one zoned for your address.
  3. If your address changes, you must file a new application for McKay Public School Choice and the new address must be on the district database.

 

McKay Private School Option

If you choose a private school, you must notify the state via the website and file the intent to participate by July 3rd to access all payment periods. You must also secure acceptance for your child at the private school and provide transportation. To file an intent for McKay Scholarship Private School Option, Click Here.

McKay Public School Choice Option

If you choose a public school, you must notify the state via the website and file a McKay Scholarship Public School Choice Application (please call 813-794-2774). (Please note that an online application will be coming soon.) Approval for a public school choice will be based on school capacity and either: your child has a current IEP that can be implemented at the requested school or you child has a 504 plan. Understand that if you choose a school outside the zone for your address, no transportation (even if indicated on the IEP or 504 Plan) will be provided. Understand that this selection is for the entire school year unless your child returns to his/her zoned school or service school.

Charter schools are not included in the McKay Public School Choice Program.

McKay Public School Choice cannot be used to alter or avoid IEP Team or Manifestation Determination Hearing decisions.

The parent/guardian is responsible for the transportation of a student approved to attend a school of choice through McKay Scholarship Public School Choice.

If transportation is requested and space is available, the student will be assigned to the nearest existing appropriate bus stop within the designated transportation boundaries of the approved school of choice. Bus stops will not be added outside the designated transportation boundaries of the school. Parents are responsible for ensuring that the safety and welfare of their child is maintained while traveling to and from an assigned stop. Transportation can be requested through the front office of the approved school of choice.

Transportation may be revoked if:
Accessing the transportation is deemed by the district to be unsafe for the student;
or
The bus becomes overcrowded. In such cases, the last approved for transportation will be the first removed. If transportation is revoked due to overcrowding, transportation will be revoked for all school choice siblings riding the same bus as the student designated as the last approved.

To file an application for McKay Scholarship Public School Choice, complete the following two steps: (Please note that an online application will be coming soon.)

  1. Call 813-794-2774 to file an application for McKay Scholarship Public School Choice. (Please note that an online application will be coming soon.)
  2. THEN
  3. Click Here to apply with the Florida Department of Education

Requests for residents of neighboring counties to attend a Pasco County School

Requests to attend a Pasco County school, if you live in another county, will require a release from your HOME county. The approved release must be received in order to process your application.

Applications that do not have a release from your HOME county will not be processed.