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Opportunity Scholarship Program FAQs

Definition and Eligibility

  1. What is the Opportunity Scholarship Program?
    The Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) is a school choice program created by the Florida Legislature in the 1999 Legislative Session as part of the A+ Education Plan. The Legislature revised student and school eligibility criteria in 2012. Opportunity Scholarships are available for eligible students to attend a higher-performing public school.
  2. Who is eligible for an Opportunity Scholarship?
    A public school student is eligible for an Opportunity Scholarship if one of the following criteria is met:
    • The student spent the prior school year in attendance at a public school that has been designated as earning a grade "F" or three consecutive "Ds" as based on the statewide assessments conducted pursuant to s. 1008.22, F.S.
    • The student has been in attendance elsewhere in the public school system and has been assigned to such a school for the next year.
    • The student has been notified that he or she has been assigned to such a school for the next school year.
  3. When does the Opportunity Scholarship begin at a public school?
    The OSP becomes available to students at a public school when that public school that has been designated as earning a grade "F" or three consecutive "Ds" as based on the statewide assessments conducted pursuant to s. 1008.22, F.S.
  4. What are the options available to a student under the Opportunity Scholarship Program?
    Eligible students have several options available to them, including:
    • Attendance at a higher-performing public school within the district;
    • Attendance at a higher-performing public school in any other district in the state, as long as space is available; or
    • Student may remain at the currently assigned school.
  5. How do I find out if my child is eligible for an Opportunity Scholarship?
    • Once a school has been designated as earning a grade "F" or three consecutive "Ds" as based on the statewide assessments conducted pursuant to s. 1008.22, F.S. it is the responsibility of the local school district to notify parents of students attending this school of the school's performance and of their options under the program. Annual school performance grades are released by the Department of Education and can be accessed at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.

Scholarship Participation

  1. How long does an Opportunity Scholarship last?
    An eligible student may use the Opportunity Scholarship to continue attending in the higher-performing public school feeder pattern until the student graduates from high school.
  2. Who provides for transportation?
    Transportation is dependent on the option chosen by the parent or guardian of the eligible student.
    • If a parent chooses a higher-performing public school within the district, the school district is responsible for providing transportation.
    • If a parent chooses a higher-performing public school in any other district, the parent or guardian is responsible for providing transportation.