Mrs. Deetz’s Independent Learning (100% McKay Scholarship Students) during National School Choice Week festivities.


John M. McKay Scholarships
for Students with Disabilities Program

Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice

The McKay Scholarship Program allows parents of students with disabilities to choose the best academic environment for their children.  This program provides eligible students the opportunity to attend a participating private school or transfer to another public school.

Students who are titled 504 or have been issued an I.E.P. in the public school and have remained in the public school system may file an Intent for this scholarship.  If they have been issued an I.E.P. but left the public school system and went private, they must go back to public school for one fiscal school year and be re-evaluated.  At that time, the evaluation results will determine if the student’s I.E.P. can be reinstated.  If eligible, the parent then needs to file an Intent for eligibility approval.  Students with parents in the Armed Forces who transfer to Florida due to a permanent change in orders may also be eligible.

Deadline date is July 3

for filing your intent to use your scholarship for the September 1 payment. Your student must be enrolled at school by August 2nd.
to visit the website and choose the McKay Scholarship tab for additional program information, eligibility requirements and application filing instructions.
Step-Up for Students also has a scholarship for students with special needs  – Check it out. It is called the Gardiner Scholarship. Just go the Step Up for Students website and click on the Gardiner Scholarship. If there are any questions, please call the school office at (904)786-3178. We also have a page under Financial Information at top of this page for Gardiner Scholarships.