Changing Your School

  • School Choice

    Marion County is very proud to offer high quality educational opportunities in all of our schools, while also providing several additional options to meet the many needs of our students and families. Our school choice options are described in the Reference Guide.

    McKay Scholarship

    Students in grades K–12, that have either an Individual Education Plan, (IEP) or a 504 accommodation plan may be eligible for a McKay Scholarship.


    To determine eligibility, follow the steps found below.  There are three options available to eligible students:


    You may apply to a private school, utilizing a voucher that the Florida Department of Education provides.  For a list of approved private schools, go to the Florida School Choice Website.


    You may apply to attend a public school, other than your zoned school, if the school has the required program and has Controlled Open Enrollment.  You would apply through the Marion County Public Schools ESE Department.  Contact Rose Rice at (352) 671-6832


    You may apply through an Out-of-County Release to attend a public school in another Florida school district.



    Hope Scholarship

    Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, a student enrolled in a Florida public school in kindergarten through grade 12 who has been subjected to an incident of battery; harassment; hazing; bullying; kidnapping; physical attack; robbery; sexual offenses, harassment, assault, or battery; threat or intimidation; or fighting at school the opportunity to transfer to another public school with capacity or enroll in an approved private school under the Hope Scholarship.


    If you feel as if you qualify for a Hope Scholarship, please contact your school administration or reach out to Stephen Ayres, Director School Choice, Student Assignments, and Records.