• John M. McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

    Information for Parent/Guardians

    General Information:

    The parent of a public school student with an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or a current Section 504 Accommodation Plan may request and receive from the State of Florida, a John M. McKay Scholarship (McKay Scholarship) for the student to enroll in and attend a private school or attend a public school other than the one to which is assigned, in accordance with the rules of the State Board of Education and with Brevard Public Schools’ School Board Policy 5121.

    Eligibility Requirements:

     To be considered for the McKay Scholarship, your child must have an IEP or a current Section 504 Accommodation Plan, must be entering grades K-12, and must have spent the prior school year in attendance at a Florida public school in accordance with requirements and definitions established by Florida Senate Bill 256. Only students that were counted in the October and February FTE Surveys at a public school site during the prior school year are eligible for initial eligibility.

    Military Families:

    If your child does not meet these requirements but has an IEP or a current Section 504 Accommodation Plan and you are a member of the United States Armed Forces who has transferred to Florida from out of state or from a foreign country pursuant to a permanent change of station orders, your child may be eligible for a McKay Scholarship. Parents are encouraged to contact the McKay Scholarship Office at Brevard Public Schools (321-633-1000 ext. 11503) for more specific information regarding special considerations for children who are dependents of a member of the United States Armed Forces.

    How to Apply:

    Parents may find more information regarding the McKay Scholarship program by calling the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at 1-800-447-1636 or by visiting their website at www.floridaschoolchoice.org. To apply for a McKay Scholarship to a private or a public school, the parent must apply online at this website. The parent must apply for the McKay Scholarship prior to withdrawing the student from the public school.

    Private School Requests:

    For assistance with a private school request, parents may call the Florida Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at 1-800-447-1636. The deadlines for intent filing, private school enrollment and quarterly payments are set by Florida Statute. The deadlines can be found on the McKay Scholarship website at www.floridaschoolchoice.org.

    Public School Requests: 

    After submitting the online request at the website above, the parent must contact a representative of the Brevard Public Schools at 321-633-1000 ext. 11503. The Brevard Public School representative will work with you to review the public school choices. The deadlines for intent to a public school choice filing must be at least 30 calendar days prior to the first day of the school year or 30 calendar days prior to the beginning of the second semester. The deadlines for intent to a public school choice for the 2021-2022 School year are July 10, 2021  and December 6, 2021.

    These deadlines apply to completion of all required procedures for the McKay Scholarship including submission of the on-line application and notification to the McKay Scholarship Office at Brevard Public Schools when a public school choice(s) is requested. Parents must provide Brevard Public Schools with the name(s) of public school choice(s) by the deadline date. Requests for a public school choice after the deadline date will not be considered. There will be no exception to the deadline dates. Students can only enroll in their approved McKay Scholarship public school at the beginning of the school year or the beginning of the second semester. If you fail to register at the approved school site by the first day of school August 10, 2021, or the first day of the second semester, January 6, 2022 you will forfeit your approved Public McKay intent.


    Students are provided district transportation to a public school of choice if the student attends the school of choice for a portion of the school day. For students that attend a public school of choice the entire school day, the students’ parents are responsible for provision of transportation.

    Choice Schools:

    Schools of Choice are considered public schools for purposes of the McKay Scholarship. Parents may apply for a public school McKay Scholarship to a choice school, choice program, magnet school, or charter school. Parents are notified that although they can make such application, the McKay Scholarship application and approval to these types of schools do not provide the student the opportunity to go to the front of the line and be automatically accepted. Students must complete the school’s registration process and enter into the lottery or waiting list just as all other students who apply to attend one of these schools. If the student is first admitted to one of these schools through the normal lottery system or waiting list system, then the student who has applied for and is eligible for a McKay Scholarship would be able to attend this school with the advantages offered through the McKay Scholarship.

    Public Schools Open to the McKay Scholarship for Second Semester 2021/2022:

    Brevard Public Schools closes selected public schools to McKay Scholarship requests based on the building capacity at the school and the calculation of students with disabilities enrolled at each school. Each school in Brevard County is reviewed and updated periodically for these factors in order to determine which public schools are available as a McKay Scholarship choice. Based on these calculations, the following public schools currently have space available to consider approval of your child to attend the school using a McKay Scholarship beginning August 10, 2021. If you request one of these schools for your child, there is still further consideration that is made as the request is reviewed to assure that the requested school has the ability to accommodate your child’s needs as stated on their Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Accommodation Plan. Parents must request one (or more) of the following schools prior to the deadline date in order for your child to be considered for a McKay Scholarship to that school.

    Parents may appeal the denial of a public McKay Scholarship request by submitting the “Public McKay Scholarship Appeal” form to the Office of Student Services. The form needs to contain detailed reasons why the request should be granted. The deadline for submitting an appeal form is 4:00 pm on August 2, 2021. Please contact a representative of the Brevard Public Schools at 321-633-1000 ext. 11503 to request the “Public McKay Scholarship Appeal” form.


    These Schools are Currently Open to Consideration of McKay Scholarship Student Applicants for August, 2021. (This list will be changed in November, 2021):


    Elementary Schools    
    Apollo Holland *Pinewood Suntree
    Cambridge Imperial Estates Port Malabar Surfside
    Challenger 7 *Indialantic *Quest Tropical
    Coquina Lewis Carroll Roosevelt University Park
    Croton Longleaf Saturn Viera
    Endeavour Meadowlane Primary Sea Park West Melbourne
    Enterprise Meadowlane Intemediate Sherwood   
    Freedom 7 Mims South Lake   
    Gemini Ocean Breeze Stevenson  


    Secondary Schools  
    Astronaut Eau Gallie Johnson *Titusville
    Bayside Edgewood Kennedy Westshore
    Central Heritage Merritt Island  
    *Cocoa Hoover *Palm Bay  
    Cocoa Beach Jackson Southwest  
    DeLaura Jefferson Space Coast  


    Charter Schools
    Educational Horizons Pineapple Cove Classical
    Emma Jewel Pineapple Cove West Melbourne
    Imagine Pinecrest
    Odyssey Royal Palm
    Odyssey Preparatory Sculptor
    Palm Bay Viera


    * Cocoa Jr/Sr, Indialantic, Palm Bay HS, Pinewood, Quest, and Titusville only have selected classrooms open for consideration of Public McKay Scholarship Student Applicants.

    Statewide Assessments:

    Students enrolled in a private school on a McKay Scholarship have the option to take Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) at their neighborhood school at no cost to the parent. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the zoned public school of their intent to have their child take the FSA. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the test site. The principal at each private school has the deadlines and procedures that are required to be completed if parents are interested in having their child take the FSA.

    Forfeiture of the McKay Scholarship:

    Your child will lose his/her eligibility for the McKay Scholarship to a private school if:

    • the student returns to a public school by enrolling and attending a public school, including a Charter School. This includes taking any class at a public/Charter school while on a McKay Scholarship to a private school;
    • the student enrolls in a public school during the summer months to take any course offered through the public school including extended school year and for any class including non-credit and fee-based courses;
    • the student enrolls in a public school prior to the beginning of their attendance at the private school in the school year for which the McKay Scholarship to a private school has been approved. For example, if public school begins August 10th and private school begins September 1st, the student cannot enroll in the public school on August 10th and then take a McKay Scholarship to go to the private school on September 1st of the same school year;
    • the student is enrolled in a Department of Juvenile Justice commitment program for an extended time which the State has defined as 21 consecutive calendar days; or
    • the student participates in a home education (home school) program.

    If you have any questions in regard to the McKay Scholarship Program, please call 321-633-1000 ext. 11503.