John M. McKay Scholarship Program

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  • The John M. McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities was created to provide educational options for parents of disabled students in grades K-12 living in Florida.


By participating in the McKay Scholarship Program, your student may be able to attend a different public school in your district, attend a public school in a neighboring district, or receive a scholarship to attend a participating private school.

    For Public School

    If your child has an active, current, IEP or 504 Accomodation plan, and you wish to use the John M. McKay Scholarship program to have your child attend a different public school within Broward County:

    Go to: One Choice Project and file your intent. You will receive notification of your status within 30 business days of your application date.

    The application window for the 2021-2022 school year opens on May 3 at 8AM.

    Please Note: 

    • Students must be entering Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
    • Students must have been enrolled, in attendance, and counted for October 2020 and February 2021 FTE periods. 
    • Nova, Magnet, and Charter Schools do not partipate in the McKay Scholarship. 
    • There are a limited number of available seats at each school and they are filled on a first-come first-served basis.
    • Transportation is not guaranteed and is the responsibility of the parent.  

    You may submit one request for the public school choice between May 3 and April 30. 
    Please note: ​Due to May 1, 2021 falling on a Saturday, McKay public school choice applications will begin being accepted on May 3, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year. 

    For Private School

    If you wish to use the John M. McKay Scholarship Program to have your child attend a participating private school:

    Go to: McKay Scholarship Parent Information by the FLDOE and file your intent. The District will verify your child’s eligibility and respond to the website within 30 business days.

    Gardiner Scholarship

    The Gardiner Scholarship Program is repealed as of July 1, 2021. These students are now eligible under the recently expanded Family Empowerment Scholarship Program. You may apply for the FES for Stud​ents with Unique Abilities (FES-UA) directly with the Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO) of your choice. Here are the links:

Contact Information

  • Exceptional Student Learning Support Division at Arthur Ashe Campus

    1701 NW 23rd Avenue

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33311

    Phone: 754-321-3445

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    Tara Rodger

    Electronic Management System (EMS) Manager