Florida’s school choice programs allow parents to choose the best educational setting — public or private — for their child. The McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provided over 31,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the 2016-17 school year. The McKay Scholarship Program also offers parents public school choice. A parent of an eligible special needs student may choose to transfer the student to another public school.

Parents may now apply for a McKay Scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year

When applying for a McKay Scholarship for the 2018-19 school year, please complete the following steps after February 1, 2018.

Steps to Apply


Visit the Florida Department of Education website to complete a McKay application. This application will determine your child’s eligibility. You must complete one application per child.


Once you have received notification from the Florida Department of Education that your child is eligible for a McKay Scholarship, you will complete a Letter of Intent (for a public school option) OR contact a private school listed on the Florida Department of Education website.

For a Public School Option:
  • Print and complete a Letter of Intent and mail it to the address on the form or fax it to 863-534-0097.Letter of Intent for the 2018-2019 school year: English | Spanish | Haitian Creole
For a Private School Option:
  • Visit the Florida Department of Education website to view the list of eligible private school options and click on the box for private schools, then the link for “Directories” (left menu), then “Private Schools Directory” (center menu)
  • Contact the private school directly for next steps.


If applying for a public school option, you will receive notification from the Office of Acceleration and Innovation letting you know the status of your request.

For additional information reguarding McKay Scholarship deadlines, please visit  https://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/PDF/McKay_Deadlines.pdf