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Family Empowerment Scholarship with
Unique Abilities for
Public School

Students using the McKay Scholarship public school option will be able to continue doing so under the FES-UA public school option. 

The school principal has the authority to request the revocation of FES-UA privileges. 

Transfer requests for the first semester of the 2022-2023 school year will open May 16, 2022 and WILL CLOSE June 26, 2022

Transfer requests for the second semester of the 2022-2023 school year will open September 6, 2022 and WILL CLOSE November 27, 2022


The OCPS transfer policy outlines the guidelines for public FES-UA Scholarship options. The document can be found here. OCPS determines which specific public schools will be designated as FES-UA eligible public schools in July. Students who qualify for a Public FES-UA Scholarship for the first semester are offered a school late July and for the second semester are offered a school in late DecemberThe offer will be sent via email to you by the last week of July 2022 and for the second semester are offered a school late December.

Transportation is only provided for Public FES-UA Scholarship students who are enrolled in the transportation offered OCPS Public FES-UA school.

Public FES-UA only offers a different public school option for the student. There is no additional funding nor are additional services provided to the public school for a student who is there on a public FES-UA transfer option.

There are no sibling transfers with the public FES-UA Scholarship program.

Prior to the approval of a public FES-UA Scholarship, the student's data will be reviewed.

Parents choosing the public school option of the FES-UA Scholarships Program are responsible for acknowledging and following the details below regarding public school FES-UA Scholarships.  See the chart below indicating deadlines for requests and enrollment for each semester:

Grading Period Request Deadline Enrollment Deadline
First Semester 6/26/2022 8/19/2022
Second Semester 11/27/2022 1/13/2023

  • Parents must complete the Public FES-UA Request form and a current IEP to request a public school option.

  • OCPS does not provide a list of public FES-UA schools because the schools may change.

  • Students are enrolled pursuant to the OCPS School Choice Plan and the receiving school's ability to appropriately implement the student's individual Education Plan (School Board Policy, JCA - Assignment of Students to School). Parent requests for specific schools will be considered, however school offers will be based on ESE program availability, transportation routes, student residence, school grade, etc.

  • ESE students who require intensive and/or specially designed services may not be approved for a public FES-UA transfer due to the need for a specific setting as determined by the IEP Team.

  • Letters indicating final approval of a public FES-UA Scholarship will be emailed to families prior to the enrollment deadline above.

  • After receiving the letter, parents may choose to have their child remain at their current school, enroll in the offered public FES-UA school, or elect to apply for the private/homeschool FES-UA option.

  • Parents who accept the offered public FES-UA school must withdraw their child from their current school and take the following documents to the offered FES-UA school for enrollment ASAP (must enroll by the deadline on the chart).

  • Please note that transfers will be reviewed each year. All approved transfers are valid for the duration of all grade levels at the assigned school (K – 5, 6 – 8, 9 – 12).

***Public FES-UA Scholarship students who in grade 5 and 8 must have a new public request submitted for transition to the middle school or high school if parent wants a public FES-UA for those grade levels***

***Public FES-UA Scholarship students who are dismissed from ESE must withdraw from the FES-UA public school by the end of the nine weeks, then must return to the zoned public school as they are no longer eligible for the FES-UA Scholarship***

***Parents must apply for the FES-UA Scholarship for any Public FES-UA Scholarship students who want to go to a private school/home-school option***

Florida School Choice Program Parent Hotline: 1-800-447-1636 or email [email protected]

For more information, email the OCPS District FES-UA Office at  [email protected].

FES-UA Eligibility Letters

FES-UA Eligibility Letter - English

FES-UA Eligibility Letter - Spanish

FES-UA Eligibility Letter - Haitian Creole

Contact Info


Dr. M. Tricia Phillip-Magee
Director, ESE Supplemental Services

Victoria Singh

Senior Administrator

Yidaa Gandi-Capio

Program Specialist

Beth Hoover
District FES-UA Lead

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