ESE School Choice Options & Family Empowerment Scholarship Information

2023 – 2024 FES UA Eligibility Letter

ESE Students who wish to attend a school other than their home-zoned school have several options.

Hardship Transfers K-12:

All District students, including students with disabilities, may participate in the District’s school choice plan. Please visit for more information.

PreK ESE Hardship Transfers:

PreK ESE students may submit an out-of-zone request to the ESE Department. Out-of-zone requests are approved based on hardship, space available and availability of the appropriate ESE services to meet the student’s needs. Transportation is not provided.

Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES UA) for Students with an IEP:

Beginning July 1, 2022, the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities is available for students with an IEP. This scholarship offers students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school or an out-of-district public school if there is space available and your child’s IEP needs can be met at the school you are requesting. For more information please visit the Florida Department of Education’s website.

Public School Transfers for students with an IEP:

If you are interested in public school choice in district, you must contact the ESE Department. Family Empowerment Unique Abilities zone transfers will be accepted during the following time periods:

For semester 1 – request must be submitted by August 1

For semester 2 – request must be submitted by December 1

Please note – student’s eligible under Section 504, currently not participating in the John McKay Scholarship program, are not eligible for the Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities for private school participation nor for public school zone transfers

If you would like to submit a request for your child to be transferred to another public school, please complete the FES Public School Choice FES form FES School Choice Fillable Form 23-24  and return it to Darlene Delaney. Requests can be sent via US Mail, fax to (904) 547-7544 or by sending an email to our office. For any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office at (904) 547-7712.

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