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Intents for students in PreK for the 2020-2021 school year will not be reported until AFTER the Kindergarten transition IEP and Matrix are completed and approved during the 4th nine weeks

Intents filed through February 1, 2021 were for the 2020-2021 school year
For the 2021-2022 school year, intents must be filed after February 2, 2021

The state of Florida offers the McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program. Under McKay, a student may be eligible to attend a different public school or a participating private school. The student must also be age 5 and not be over age 22 prior to September 1 of the upcoming school year. (Students up to age 22 may not have already graduated with a standard diploma)

The state will provide a scholarship for the student to attend a participating private school, another Orange County public school (the district will choose this school for you in accordance with the school board's choice plan), or a public or charter school in a neighboring district if space is available and it is consistent with the school board's choice plan for any Orange County student who:

  • is currently enrolled in a Florida public school,

  • was in attendance in a Florida public school in October and February of the same school year during the funding counts and

  • has an active Individual Education Plan or 504 Plan.

Pre-K students will have a response of "Pre-K Student (Pending Kindergarten Transition IEP Meeting) until after the Kindergarten Transition meeting has taken place and the IEP has been submitted and approved by the District.

OCVS students will have a response of "Eligibility Pending Virtual School Completion" until after the course completion counts in June. Students MUST complete the courses to receive the funding and meet eligibility.

OCPS provides notification to parents throughout the school year regarding the guidelines for the McKay Scholarship program. Notification methods include:

  • an OCPS transfer announcement via Connect Orange and a letter distributed to all students the first week of November by the Student Enrollment office.

  • letters distributed in the spring to all students in OCPS with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP) explaining the McKay Scholarship program and application process. The letter is available based on the primary languages of English, Spanish, and Creole (links in column to the right).

  • school choice option documents available at local schools and often distributed to parents at the end of an IEP or 504 meeting. McKay Parent Flyer.pdf

  • approval or denial letters mailed in late summer to all families who file intent for a public McKay Scholarship.

Further guidelines regarding the John McKay Scholarship program responsibilities can be found by accessing the FLDOE Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice website at FLDOE Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice website.

Florida's McKay Parent Hotline: 1-800-447-1636

For more information, email the OCPS District McKay Office at [email protected] or call 407-317-3275.

McKay Letters for the 2021-22 School Year

McKay letter 2021-22 (English)

McKay letter 2021-22 (Spanish)

McKay letter 2021-22 (Haitian Creole)

Contact Info

Beverly Knestrick
Director, ESE Supplemental Services 

District McKay Staff
Sabrina Britt
Beth Hoover

[email protected]