THE JOHN MCKAY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The McKay Scholarship Program for Students with learning Disabilities allows parents the opportunity to choose the best educational setting for their child. At times, parents may be dissatisfied with their son/daughter's current school setting or would prefer a smaller and more conducive environment provided by a private school. This scholarship provides parents with the option to transfer the student from their current school setting to a private school of their choice, like EDC Academy of Excellence. We are presently accepting applications for enrollment to this program. First to 12th grades are serviced at the academy. EDC's Academy of excellence objective is to enhance life opportunities and choices of students with learning deficiencies by empowering the individual to reach his or hers maximum potential, developing an increased sense of independence through integrated life opportunities; and providing each individual with a unique educational experience allowing more success with community inclusion. Instruction is individualized, age appropriate, and competency-based. Our main concentration is to offer life skills training coupled with educational curriculum that emphasizes the attainment of greater independence. our classes are comprised of several functional skill categories such as academics, computer training, employment exploration, survival and safety skills and recreation.
Step Up For Students provides legislatively authorized K-12 scholarship and related support to give disadvantaged families the freedom to choose the best learning options for their children. Step Up For Students is a state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization that helps administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program for low income families. Public education is rooted in the promise of equal educational opportunity, and nowhere is that covenant more relevant than in the lives of children who live near poverty or for students with certain special needs. A quality education should not be determined by financial meansnor disability. Through the scholarships, we empower parents to give their children a chance at a brighter future. The FTC scholarship program was created to benefit children whose educational options are limited by household income. The scholarships are not tied to the performance of public schools nor the students who receive them. The program is different primarily because it directly targets students with the fewest options available. The latest state-commissioned research determined that students who receive the FTC scholarship are among the lowest-performing in the public schools they leave behind. This means FTC scholarship is serving the most disadvantaged children in Florida. Our scholarships provide parents a way to help their children find success. This scholarship is offered as an option the same way public education os offering an expanding array of choices. One common mistake people make about this scholarship is to view it as an indictment of public schools. However, they are intended to strengthen public education by offering options to struggling schoolchildren. We consider ourselves to be partners with public schools, and often use the tagline- "helping public education fulfill the promise of equal opportunity" - that represents a genuine expression of how we view our role in the larger education system.