The Department of Exceptional Student Education

McKay Scholarship



Amy Brown

Specialist, Private and Public Schools

Palm Beach School District
3378 Forest Hill Blvd. Suite A-203
West Palm Beach, FL  33406
Telephone: 561-

Fax 561-629-8539 


What is the McKay Scholarship Program?  The McKay Scholarship Program is a state-funded program which allows parents of students with disabilities to choose the academic setting that is best for their child’s educational needs.  Eligible students may attend a participating private school, another public school in their home district, or a public school in a neighboring district if space is available.

Who is eligible?  To be eligible to receive a McKay Scholarship, a student must:

  • Have an active 504 Plan or Individual Education Plan (IEP) which documents a disability,
  • Be at least 5 years old and younger than 22 by September 1 of the scholarship year,
  • Be a Florida public school student, and
  • Have attended public school in Florida during the prior school year (meeting both the October and February FTE counts).


How to apply: File an Intent to participate on the FLDOE School Choice website.

  • Select McKay Scholarships and follow the directions on the screen.
  • When finished, save the confirmation number.  It will be needed to check the application status.
  • The District will post the eligibility status and, if appropriate, the child’s matrix number on the website within 30 days of the filing Intent.   The parent will be notified by e-mail, if an address was provided, of receipt of the filing.  The parent is responsible for checking the Intent status.

VERY IMPORTANT:  The Intent must be filed before the child withdraws from public school.


For Public Option:

Parents need to contact the District McKay Specialist to request the Public Option.  Requests will be processed two times per year.  For the first semester, the deadline to request the public option closes 30 days prior to the first day of school.  For the second semester, the option closes by the first Friday in December.