John M. McKay Scholarship

John M. McKay Scholarship:

Gulf Coast School for Autism’s primary funding source is the John M. McKay Scholarship. The John M. McKay Scholarship Program allows parents of students with disabilities to choose the best learning environment for their children. The parent of a Florida public school student who is dissatisfied with the student’s progress may request a McKay Scholarship to enroll in and attend our private school. The McKay Program puts the power back into the parent’s hands. To be eligible, a student must have an IEP and have been enrolled in grades K through 12 in a Florida public school for at least a year, prior to coming to Gulf Coast School for Autism. Students receiving a McKay scholarship and attending Gulf Coast School for Autism automatically retain their scholarship every year until they return to their public school, graduate from high school or reach the age of 22. You may file your intent to participate in the McKay Scholarship program by logging on to the Florida School Choice website at or click here. You cannot file your intent by phone, but you can call the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at 1-800-447-1636 if you have questions.