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Due to COVID-19, the McKay Scholarship team is working remotely.
 We are available by email during the workday.
Please contact us at [email protected] and we will be happy to respond.

Frequently Asked Questions

McKay Quick Reference Brochure

***Intents filed through January 31, 2020 are for the 2019-2020 school year
For the 2020-2021 school year, intents must be filed after February 1, 2020

Parents choosing the private school option are responsible for the following:

  • selecting a McKay Scholarship eligible private school. A directory of private schools.

  • understanding that the intent for a McKay Scholarship must be filed at least 30 days prior to the date of the first scholarship award amount for the student (based on the student’s current 504 Plan or current Matrix level as associated with their IEP).

  • withdrawing from the current public school (must complete the official withdrawal form at the public school before enrolling in the private school).

  • transportation to the chosen private school.

  • notifying the OCPS Exceptional Student Education office via email at [email protected] indicating:

    • Student's full name

    • Student's date of birth

    • Statement of intent to enroll in a private school

Florida McKay Scholarship website

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

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

For more information, email the OCPS District McKay Office at [email protected]

McKay Letters for the 2020-21 School Year

McKay letter 2020-21 (English)

McKay letter 2020-21 (Spanish)

McKay letter 2020-21 (Haitian Creole)

Contact Information

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Beverly Knestrick
Director, Supplemental Services

District McKay Instructional Lead
Amy McCormick

District McKay Staff
Sabrina Britt
Beth Hoover

[email protected]