WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUT-OF-ZONE, SCHOOL CHOICE, AND MCKAY SCHOLARSHIP?

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Out-of-Zone requests under Parental Choice are for parents or legal guardians with documented needs or hardships as listed in Board Policy 5120

  • Priority window is January 10 through February 15
  • Approvals are subject to capacity and class-size restrictions
  • Out-of-Zone applications submitted during the priority window shall take priority over School Choice applications 
  • Transportation is not provided by the District

 

School Choice requests under Parental Choice are for parents or legal guardians exercising Choice without respect to or limitations upon their reasons. 

  • Priority window is January 10 through February 15
  • Approvals are subject to capacity and class-size restrictions
  • Once Out-of-Zone applications have been approved, School Choice applications submitted during the priority window shall be considered for the lottery, pending any remaining space available
  • With the exception of students who are enrolling in the District for the first time, no School Choice applications will be approved for the current school year
  • Transportation is not provided by the District

 

McKay Scholarship requests are for parents or legal guardians of students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. 

  • Parents or legal guardians must first apply online through the state (not this website) to obtain eligibility confirmation at Floridaschoolchoice.org
  • Once eligibility is confirmed from the state, parents or legal guardians then can apply online (here) to request a public school transfer
  • Applications are accepted throughout the school year
  • Attendance at another public school within the district that provides the services identified in the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan (not subject to capacity restrictions)
  • Attendance at an eligible public school in an adjacent district that has space and provides the services identified in the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan (subject to capacity restrictions)
  • Transportation is not provided by the District
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