K-12 Scholarship Programs
McKay Scholarship

McKay Communication: 

The Florida Departent of Education requires school districts to inform parents of the John M. McKay Scholarship that is available to all students that have an Individualized Educaton Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Accommodation Plan. This information must be provided by April 1st of each school year. A link to this information has been provided:

McKay Scholarship Program Letter: EnglishSpanishCreole


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 Section 504 Plan (not to include a temporary Section 504 plan).
  • The child must have been in attendance at a Florida public school and met Florida public school attendance requirements for the preceding school year.

Visit the Florida Department of Education McKay Scholarship website to review Parent Information and Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the FLDOE by phone at 1-800-447-1636, to find out more information about the McKay Scholarship Program. To access deadlines to receive 100% of the scholarship amount, click here and scroll to Scholarship Payments. To file a McKay Scholarship Intent, click here.  

A. McKay Public School Choice Option:

  • A student must be eligible ro receive the McKay Scolarship in order to apply for McKay Public School Chioce.
  • Upon receiving an approval of eligibility from the state, a School Choice 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.
  • A new Intent must be completed by the parent/guardian: When accepted for McKay Public School Choice, a new Intent must be completed with FLDOE and a new School Choice application must be completed with the school district, when changing schools through the normal articulation process (grade 5 to 6, grade 8 to 9) in order to request choice to a school other than the zoned school for the current residential address.
  • Change of address requires a new School Choice application.

Public School Choice Determinations:

While the school district makes every effort to accommodate school choice requests, many of the schools are critically overcrowded (at or above 90% capacity). We monitor our schools for both school-wide and class-size capacity. The availability of some schools may change during the school year, without notice. The capacity/frozen list is posted here. 

Public School Transportation:

  • The parent/guardian is responsible for the transportation of a student approved to attend a school of choice.

To exercise the McKay Public School Option for a Pasco County public school, submit the request for a School Choice application for McKay to pascopathways@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Charter Schools:

Contact the Charter School of choice to gain information on the Charter School process.

B. McKay Private School Option:

If a student is already enrolled in the McKay Scholarship Program and attending a participating private school, a new Intent is not necessary. At the end of each school year the private school must re-enroll the student for the upcoming school year. In order to be eligible for the first payment, review the deadlines to receive 100% of the McKay Scholarship payment by clicking here and then scrolling down to Scholarhsip Payments.

Private School Transportation:

The parent/guardian is responsible for the transportation of a student approved to attend a private school of choice. For additional information regarding transportation options provided by the private school of choice, contact the private school. 

C. Out of District students:

Out of District students may not displace Pasco County residents.

If you have additional questions about McKay Scholarship eligibility, contact the FLDOE by clicking here, call FLDOE at 1-800-447-1636, or contact the district office at k12scholarshipprograms@pasco.k12.fl.us. If you have been found eligible and are ready to exercise the McKay Public School Option in Pasco County, submit your request for a School Choice application for McKay to pascopathways@pasco.k12.fl.us.
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