If you would like to know whether your child qualifies for the McKay scholarship, you must ask yourself 3 questions:
- Does your child have an IEP or 504 from the public school system?
An IEP IS an Individualized Education Program for children who qualify for special education services by their local public school system.
A 504 plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success. The child will have “reasonable accommodations or modifications” provided to them.
If you aren’t sure if your child has an IEP or 504 plan, and are thinking about applying for McKay, you can check with your school’s guidance counselor.
- Are you a Florida resident?
The McKay Scholarship is only available to Florida residents.
- Is your child currently enrolled in a public school or online program?
In order to qualify for the McKay Scholarship, you must apply before removing your child from a public school. If you apply and decide not to use the scholarship, nothing will happen to your child’s status in the public school. You will need to keep your child enrolled in the public school until you receive approval or your child’s matrix number. Once you receive approval, the private school of your choosing will be able to enroll your child.
For more information, you can visit the School Choice website (http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice) or ces-schools.net.
Principal – The Broach School, Zephyrhills