As part of our efforts to ensure that a Catholic education is affordable and available to everyone, Morning Star School participates in Florida’s two publicly funded, private choice programs. The McKay and Gardiner Scholarships for students with qualifying learning disabilities and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarships which include scholarships for low-income families. In addition, Morning Star School also offers Tuition Hardship Assistance to families who qualify. Please contact the main office for more information at (904) 721-2144.
Florida’s school choice programs ensure that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting for their child. The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program annually provides thousands of Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school.
Students with learning disabilities who are financially eligible may apply online at: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/mckay/
Florida Tax Credit Scholarships
Florida Tax Credit Scholarships, provide free tuition to low income students in grades K-12 who qualify. These scholarships allow families and students to consider a participating private school or an out-of-district public school that may better suit their individual needs. The program is directly administered by state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organizations, Step Up For Students and AAA Scholarships. The Florida State Scholarship program is enabled through a state legislative act first adopted in 2001 known as the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. Under the program, companies have committed more than $1.4 billion to date, providing more than 399,000 scholarships. In the past 13 years, the annual enrollment has grown from 10,549 to 69,671 students for the 2014-15 school year.
The Gardiner Scholarship provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used for tuition at an eligible private school, as well as other services. The program is directly administered by state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organizations, Step Up For Students and AAA Scholarships. The Gardiner Scholarship provides scholarships to students with Autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, an intellectual differences, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, Williams syndrome or a high-risk child as defined in s. 393.063(23)(a), Florida Statutes.
Tuition Hardship Assistance
Morning Star School recognizes that sometimes a family may experience an extenuating circumstance after the commitment to attend a Catholic School has been made. We seek to help by offering tuition hardship assistance to families finding it impossible to make their tuition payment. These hardships may include a death in the immediate family, unexpected loss of employment or serious or sudden illness with extraordinary medical expenses. Unfortunately these funds are limited. To be considered for hardship assistance, the parent/guardian must request an application from the office.
“I have two children at Morning Star School. I am so happy they are doing this. My son is in ninth grade and was so so nervous about putting him in a different school.” He said. “I love this school.” They are making A’s and B’s. I don’t think that would be happening if they were in public school.”
“Never give up on your dreams. Stephanie is a Morning Star School graduate who had big dreams. She graduated from UNF, Summa Cum Laude. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t succeed, as a result of your learning differences. You can do anything!”