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Thank you for taking the MyChoicesinEdFL.org survey.

The personalized results below are provided for informational purposes only.

If your child is not eligible for any scholarships, please note these programs may be expanding in the future, and we encourage you to check back and complete the online survey again.

This website is provided by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd). Helping all parents access a quality education for their children is a priority for ExcelinEd. Learn more about educational choice at www.excelined.org/opportunity

Results:

Hope Scholarship

We’re sorry to learn that your child has experienced bullying. Based on your responses, your child appears to be eligible to receive a Hope Scholarship to attend a participating private school or a different public school.

How does my child qualify?

Students who have experienced harassment; hazing; bullying; kidnapping; physical attack; robbery; sexual offenses, assault, or battery; threat or intimidation; or fighting at their public school are eligible for this scholarship.

How can I find out more about receiving a Hope Scholarship to attend a private school?

To receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact Step Up for Students. Their contact information can be found at the bottom of this document.

How can I find out more about using the Hope Scholarship program to choose a different public school for my child?

Visit http://fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/hope/ for more information.

Gardiner Scholarship Program

Based on your responses, your child appears to be eligible to receive a Gardiner Scholarship to attend a participating private school or use for other services.

The Gardiner Scholarship Program allows families to customize their child’s education by allowing families to purchase a variety of education services, including:

  • private school tuition,
  • tutoring,
  • specialized services like occupational therapy, physical or speech therapy, and
  • instructional materials.

How can I find out more about receiving a Gardiner Scholarship?

To receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact one of Florida’s two scholarship funding organizations. You can find their contact information at the bottom of this document. The application window for new students for the 2021-22 school year is expected to open in the Spring of 2021.

What do I do if I am told my child is officially eligible, but no more scholarships are available? What do I do if my child is put on a waitlist?

If you are told there is a waitlist for this program, please contact us at Help@MyChoicesinEdFL.org for information on how you can help your child.

Opportunity Scholarship Program

Based on your responses, your child appears to be eligible to attend a higher performing public school through the Opportunity Scholarship Program.

How did my child qualify?

The Opportunity Scholarship program is available to students who are zoned to attend or has spent the current school year in attendance at a failing public school. A list of all failing schools in Florida can be found online: mychoicesinedfl.org/failing-schools.

(NOTE: The State of Florida defines a persistently low performing school as one that has earned a grade of "F" or three consecutive "D" grades).

How can my child use the Opportunity Scholarship Program to attend a quality school?

Your child is entitled to select any higher-performing public school– a school graded A, B or C – in your school district. The school district is required to make space for your child and to provide transportation to the school of your choice.

How do I apply for this public school choice option?

To receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact your local school district office. You can find contact information for your district office online: mychoicesinedfl.org/county-contact-information/

If you would like information on how to ensure your child is eligible other scholarship programs, please email Help@MyChoicesinEdFL.org

John M. McKay Scholarship Program

Based on your responses, your child appears to be eligible for school choice through the John M. McKay Scholarship program for students with disabilities.

How does my child qualify?

To be eligible for this program, your child met one of the following criteria:

  • Attended a Florida public school the previous school year,
  • Attended a Florida public school for pre-Kindergarten the previous school year and was at least four years old,
  • Received Specialized Instructional Services by the Office of Early Learning and was at least four years old,
  • Is a foster child, or
  • Is a dependent child of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who transfers to a school in Florida from out of state.

In addition, your child must have an Individualized Education Plan – also known as an IEP – or a 504 accommodation plan.

How can my child use the scholarship?

Your child has three different options available under this program:

  1. To receive a scholarship to attend a participating private school;
  2. To select any other public school in your school district – and the district is required to make space for your child; or
  3. To select another public school in an adjacent district. NOTE: There must be space available in the neighboring district for you to make this transfer.

How can I find out more about receiving a McKay Scholarship for my child to attend a private school?

To receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact the Florida Department of Education at http://fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/mckay/mckay-parent-info.stml.

Please click on the link titled “Apply for a McKay Scholarship”. The application window for new students for the 2021-22 school year is expected to open in the Spring of 2021.

How can I find out more about using the McKay Scholarship Program to send my child to another public school?

If additional assistance is needed, parents may contact the department’s Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at 1-800-447-1636.

If you would like information on how to ensure your child is eligible other scholarship programs, please email Help@MyChoicesinEdFL.org.

Family Empowerment Scholarship Program

Based on your responses, your child appears to be eligible to receive a Family Empowerment Scholarship to attend a participating private school.

The average scholarship amount varies by grade level and district. The average scholarship amount for students in grades K-3 is 7,169; for students in grades 4-8 is $6,673; and for students in grades 9-12 is $ 6,721.

How does my child qualify?

To be eligible for this program, your child met at least one of the following criteria:

  • Is entering Kindergarten, or
  • Attended a public school the previous school year, or
  • Was recently in foster or out of home care.

In addition, your family’s household income was within the specified income limits.

How can I find out more?

To receive an official determination of eligibility so your child can participate in the Family Empowerment Scholarship, please contact one of Florida’s two scholarship funding organizations. You can find their contact information at the bottom of this document. The application window for new students for the 2021-22 school year is expected to open in the Spring of 2021.

What do I do if I am told my child is officially eligible, but no more scholarships are available? What do I do if my child is put on a waitlist?

If you are told there is a waitlist for this program, please contact us at Help@MyChoicesinEdFL.org for information on how you can help your child.

Reading Scholarship Account Program:

Based on your responses, your child appears to be eligible to receive a Reading Scholarship Account, which reimburses parents up to $500 for expenses to help their child improve in reading.

What can I use the funds in the Reading Scholarship Account on?

Eligible expenses include:

  • instructional materials,
  • curriculum,
  • tutoring,
  • fees for specialized summer education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills, and
  • fees for after-school education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.

This scholarship program is only available to public school students.

How can I find out more?

To receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact Step Up for Students, their contact information can be found at the bottom of this document.

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program:

Based on your responses, your child appears to be eligible to receive a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.

There are two types of scholarships a student can receive through this program:

  • A scholarship awarded to a student for enrollment in an eligible private school. The average scholarship amount, which varies by grade level and district, for students in grades K-5 is $6,519; for students in grades 6-8 is $6,815; and for students in grades 9-12 is $7,111; or
  • A $750 scholarship awarded to a student for transportation to a Florida public school that is located outside the school zone which the student resides.

Note: A student may only use one form of the scholarship, not both.

How does my child qualify?

To be eligible for this program, your family’s household income was within the specified income limits.

How can I find out more?

To receive an official determination of eligibility so your child can participate in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, please contact one of Florida’s two scholarship funding organizations. You can find their contact information at the bottom of this document. The application window for new students for the 2021-22 school year is expected to open in the Spring of 2021.

What do I do if I am told my child is officially eligible, but no more scholarships are available? What do I do if my child is put on a waitlist?

If you are told there is a waitlist for this program, please contact us at Help@MyChoicesinEdFL.org for information on how you can help your child.

John M. McKay Scholarship Program

Based on your responses, your child appears to not be eligible to attend a participating private school or different public school through the John M. McKay Scholarship program for students with disabilities.

Why doesn’t my child qualify?

You appear to meet one of the main criteria to receive the scholarship because your child has an Individualized Education Plan – also known as an IEP – or a 504 accommodation plan.

However, your student did not meet any one of the following criteria:

  • Attended a Florida public school the previous school year,
  • Attended a Florida public school for pre-Kindergarten the previous school year and was at least four years old,
  • Received Specialized Instructional Services by the Office of Early Learning and was at least four years old,
  • Is a foster child, or
  • Is a dependent child of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who transfers to a school in Florida from out of state.

If you believe that this notification is incorrect or you would like to receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact the Florida Department of Education at http://fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/mckay/mckay-parent-info.stml.

If you would like information on how to ensure your child is eligible other scholarship programs, please email Help@MyChoicesinEdFL.org

John M. McKay Scholarship Program

Based on your responses, your child appears to not be eligible to attend a participating private school or different public school through the John M. McKay Scholarship program for students with disabilities.

Why doesn’t my child qualify?

You appear to meet one of the main criteria to receive the scholarship because your child met at least one of the following criteria:

  • Attended a Florida public school the previous school year,
  • Attended a Florida public school for pre-Kindergarten the previous school year and was at least four years old,
  • Received Specialized Instructional Services by the Office of Early Learning and was at least four years old,
  • Is a foster child, or
  • Is a dependent child of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who transfers to a school in Florida from out of state.

However, to be eligible for this program, your child must have an Individualized Education Plan – also known as an IEP – or a 504 accommodation plan.

If you believe that this notification is incorrect or you would like to receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact the Florida Department of Education at http://fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/mckay/mckay-parent-info.stml.

If you would like information on how to ensure your child is eligible other scholarship programs, please email Help@MyChoicesinEdFL.org

Family Empowerment Scholarship Program

Based on your responses, your child does NOT appear to be eligible to attend a participating private school through the Family Empowerment Scholarship program.

Why doesn’t my child qualify?

You appear to meet one of the main criteria to receive the scholarship because your reported family household income is within the eligible income limits.

However, your student did not meet any one of the following criteria:

  • Entering Kindergarten,
  • Attended a public school the previous school year, or
  • Recently in foster or out of home care.

If you believe that this notification is incorrect or you would like to receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact one of Florida’s two scholarship funding organizations. You can find their contact information at the bottom of this document.

Does my child qualify for other income-based scholarship programs?

Students who have not attended a public school the previous school year may still be eligible for the Florida Tax-Credit Scholarship program if the student’s household income is within the limits of the program.

To receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact one of Florida’s two scholarship funding organizations. You can find their contact information at the bottom of this document. The application window for new students for the 2020-21 school year is expected to open in March 2020.

What else can I do to help my child receive a Family Empowerment Scholarship?

If you would like information on how to ensure your child is eligible for a scholarship next year, please email Help@MyChoicesinEdFL.org.

Family Empowerment Scholarship Program

Based on your responses, your child does NOT appear to be eligible to attend a participating private school through the Family Empowerment Scholarship program.

Why doesn’t my child qualify?

You appear to meet one of the main criteria to receive the scholarship because your child met at least one of the following criteria:

  • Entering Kindergarten,
  • Attended a public school the previous school year, or
  • Recently in foster or out of home care.

However, to be eligible for this program, your family’s household income must be within certain limits. Based on the information you entered, your family’s household income exceeds these limits.

If you believe that this notification is incorrect or you would like to receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact one of Florida’s two scholarship funding organizations. You can find their contact information at the bottom of this document.

What else can I do to help my child receive a Family Empowerment Scholarship?

If you would like information on how to ensure your child is eligible for a scholarship next year, please email Help@MyChoicesinEdFL.org.

Family Empowerment Scholarship Program

Based on your responses, your child does NOT appear to be eligible to attend a participating private school through the Family Empowerment Scholarship program.

Why doesn’t my child qualify?

Your student did not meet any one of the main criteria to receive the scholarship:

  • Entering Kindergarten,
  • Attended a public school the previous school year, or
  • Recently in foster or out of home care.

To be eligible for this program, your family’s household income must also be within certain limits. Based on the information you entered, your family’s household income exceeds these limits.

If you believe that this notification is incorrect or you would like to receive an official determination of eligibility, please contact one of Florida’s two scholarship funding organizations. You can find their contact information at the bottom of this document.

What else can I do to help my child receive a Family Empowerment Scholarship?

If you would like information on how to ensure your child is eligible for a scholarship next year, please email Help@MyChoicesinEdFL.org.

Contact Information:

Scholarship Funding Organization Contact Information:

A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation- FL, LLC

P.O. Box 15719,
Tampa, FL 33684

Phone/Fax: 888-707-2465
info@aaascholarships.org

Apply for the Gardiner Scholarship

Apply for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship


Florida Department of Education Contact Information:

Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice
Toll-Free Information Hotline: 1-800-447-1636
Email: SchoolChoice@fldoe.org

Public School Choice Options:

In addition to K-12 private school scholarship programs, students can also participate in high-quality public school choice options, including district schools, charter schools, magnet schools, a school other than the child’s zoned school and virtual education.

Visit your county’s public school choice webpage to see the opportunities available to your child. A page with every counties’ information can be found here.

Visit the Florida Department of Education’s website at floridaschoolchoice.org to learn more.

Want to learn more about quality schools in your area? Visit greatschools.org for information on both public and private schools close to you.

Share This Resource:

Please share the MyChoicesinEdFL.org website with your family, friends and on social media so that every Florida family knows about the K-12 scholarships available to their children.

If you would like to learn more about Florida’s educational choice programs and how you can help ensure all children attend a school that works for them, email Info@MyChoicesinEdFL.org.

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