INFORMATION PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCHOOL
John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with
Prepared by the Broward County School District
Is my gifted or preschool child eligible for
Gifted only students are not eligible for
However, if your student is gifted and
has a 504 Accommodations Plan or
Individual Education Plan (IEP), they may be
PreK students that:
- were enrolled in a Florida public school the
year prior to which you are applying;
- were counted for funding during the October
and February FTE survey weeks;
- was 4 years old during these survey weeks
Would meet the attendance criteria for McKay.
Please contact the District McKay Office at
754-321-2553 with any eligibility questions.
May my child return to the public schools if I
choose a participating private school?
Your child may return at any time and you may
have a choice in the school your child will
Upon returning your child to public school,
their private school funding will be forfeited
for a full school year.
Your child will have to meet all McKay
criteria again before you may reapply.
you wish to have your child attend their
boundaried public school, no prior approval is
you would like to request that your child attend
an out of boundary public school, you would need
to complete the Request for Public School Choice
This application may be found online at
under the School Info link.
Once you have selected John M. McKay
Scholarships, you will be redirected to the
Here you will find the list of currently
available public schools and the application.
Once you have submitted your application,
it will be reviewed by the District ESE Office.
You will receive a response to your
request via U.S. Mail within 30 days.
You must have an approval from the
District to enroll your child at an out of
boundary public school.
How long may my child remain in a school of
Your child can
continue to attend a participating private
school of your choice until the your child
graduates from high school or turns the age of
22. Public school choice must be
requested prior to a change in school level (eg:
elementary school to middle school; middle
school to high school)
I change my mind during the school year about
the private school of choice for my child?
may choose another participating private school
during a school year if they desire.
Parents should contact the Department of
Education at (800) 447-1636 to determine how a
private school change might affect scheduled
I change my mind during the school year about
the public school of choice for my child?
Parents may choose another public school only
once during a school year. However,
parents can always reenroll their child in
his/her boundaried public school at any time of
Will my child participate in the state testing
program (the Florida Comprehensive Assessment
remain in a public school
participate in state or district testing
program. Children who attend a
participating private school may participate in
the state testing program (FCAT) at parent
request. Parents will be informed about
procedures for requesting test participation.
Will my child be provided the
services and programs on their Individual
Educational Plan (IEP)?
If your child attends a public school, the
school will provide the services and programs on
the IEP. If your child attends a
participating private school, your child is not
entitled to an IEP and the private school is not
required to provide any special education
services. While enrolled in a non-profit
private school, your child may be eligible for
some special education or related services.
Please refer to information about private school
My child is currently enrolled in a Florida
public school and was preset all last year.
However, My child was not identified as an
exceptional student until the middle of last
school year. Can I request a school choice
under the program?
your child is identified as a student with
disabilities and receives an IEP or 504
Accommodations Plan after the start of school,
you may still be able to apply for a McKay
Can my child be expelled from a school I have
chosen under the program?
A child who attends a public school will be
required to follow the school districtís Student
Code of Conduct at that school.
Disciplinary procedures will comply with the
procedural safeguards for exceptional students.
A child who attends a participating private
school must follow that schoolís code of
conduct. Disciplinary procedures could
result in expulsion.
How will I receive payment from the state?
sent to the participating private school of
enrollment four times a year. You must
endorse the check before it can be deposited.
How much money will I receive from the state?
The amount of funding is based on the studentís
grade level and/or matrix number.
Currently, funding amounts range from
approximately $4,000 to 18,000 per year.
Within thirty (30) days of filing your Intent to
participate you can using your confirmation
number, you can go to
view your childís eligibility and the
Will the scholarship amount change if my childís
matrix number assigned to your student upon
their exit from public school is the matrix they
will be assigned while enrolled as a private
McKay student. If you have any questions about
the scholarship amount, you must contact the
District ESE Office before you enroll your child
in a private school.
Will the school district require any information
from me once I choose a participating private
school district may contact you to update parent
contact information. This information
would be used to inform you of opportunities for
state testing and reevaluation required by the
Can the scholarship program be forfeited?
Yes. There are
several ways that a McKay scholarship may be
scholarship is forfeited when a
Refuses to endorse
the scholarship payment to the appropriate
school for deposit into the account of the
Does not comply fully
with the private schoolís parental involvement
requirements (unless excused
by the school for illness or other
Enrolls the student in a non-participating
scholarship may be forfeited
not remain in
by the school
for illness or
schoolís code of
the purpose of
youth in any
student in a
to view all parental and student
responsibilities while participating in the John
M. McKay Scholarship program.
Please contact the District McKay Office with
any questions or concerns at 754-321-2553.
You may also send inquiries via email to
or Jenny Ligas, firstname.lastname@example.org