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 2020-2021 school year opens on May 1 at 8AM.

    Please Note: 

    • Students must be entering Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
    • Students must have been enrolled, in attendance, and counted for October 2019 and February 2020 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 1 and April 30. 

    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 provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products in order to design a customized educational program for the student. Scholarships can be used for specialized services such as speech or occupational therapy, instructional materials, tuition at an eligible private school, contributions to a college prepaid account and more. The program is directly administered by state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organizations. For additional information visit: Gardiner Scholarship Program Information by the FLDOE.

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