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McKay Scholarship Information

The state of Florida offers the John McKay Scholarship program for students with disabilities to assist parents with choosing the best learning environment for children. Under the McKay program, a student may be eligible to attend a different public school or a participating private school. The state will provide a scholarship for an eligible student to attend a participating private school, another Sarasota County public school, or a public or charter school in a neighboring district if space is available. 

Sarasota County Schools provides parents with notification regarding this scholarship opportunity along with the eligibility criteria and program guidelines throughout the school year. Notification methods always include distribution of a John McKay Scholarship Program information letter during an annual IEP or Section 504 Accommodation Plan meeting and may include:

  • Letters distributed in the spring to all students enrolled in a Sarasota County public school with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.    The letter is available based on the primary languages of English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, and Russian, which may also be accessed below by clicking on your primary language.
  • School to home communication through newsletters or the district’s Connect-Ed phone calling system.

To learn more about the John M. McKay Scholarship program and eligibility criteria, you may call the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice toll free information hotline at 1-800-447-1636 or visit the  state's McKay Scholarship website at: to get additional information. You may also contact the district's Office of School Choice, Virtual School and Charter School at (941) 927-9000, ext. 32258.

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Division of Integrated Instructional Services

Mrs. Katrina Ward, Supervisor
Charmaine Wheeler,
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32255

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