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The FTC scholarship is income-based to help cover the cost of tuition and fees for private schools. The scholarship will pay for the following school expenses in this order, until the maximum award amount is reached or until all fees are satisfied, whichever is first: 1) Tuition 2) Books* 3) Registration 4) Transportation 5) Uniforms* 6) Testing 7) Other (*Applicable for books and uniforms provided by the school, not a third party vendor.)

The Gardiner Scholarship (formarly known as the Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) is for students that have been diagnosed with certain disabilities. The Gardiner Scholarship is different than other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology—even a college savings account.

This scholarship is for Florida students in kindergarten through 12th grade with one of the following disabilities: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Williams Syndrome or Intellectual Disability. Also, students who are deemed “high risk” due to developmental delays and who are not older than 5 on Sept. 1 may be eligible for the year they are applying.

The students need either an Individual Education Plan (IEP) from a Florida school district or a formal diagnosis from a licensed physician or psychologist. Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept 1. Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept 1. Students can participate in the PLSA scholarship as part of home education, however they cannot be enrolled in a public school or be receiving any other state-sponsored scholarship (McKay Scholarship or the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship).

Florida’s school choice programs ensure that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting–public or private–for their child. The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program provided over 26,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the 2014-2015 school year.
Click here to go to the McKay Scholarship website

The Income Based Scholarship and the Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) may be serviced by two different companies. Step Up for Students and AAA Scholarships.

At Esther’s School, we try to keep the admissions process as simple as possible. We also offer several opportunities to get to know the school before you apply. Our tuition fees are affordable; please call us for details. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuition is due monthly or annually and does not change based on sick days, vacations, school closures or other days when school is not in session.

Tuition fees are the same for the primary and secondary educational programs.

We at Esther’s School will assist parents in setting up scholarships that are available for your child/ren. For more information please call us at 855-544-4700, email our admissions office at: admissions@estherschool.net, or fill out the request form at the bottom of this page.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Step Up for Students was created to help alleviate the enormous educational challenges faced by children in Florida who live in or near poverty. This servicer provides applications for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and the Gardiner Scholarship. These scholarships allow the students to consider a participating private school like Esther School, an option that already is available to families of greater financial means. We also recognize that different children learn in different ways and that our collective challenge is to help the students who often are at the greater disadvantage in modern education.
Click here to go to the Step Up For Students website

AAA is also a servicer of the FTC Scholarship and the Gardiner Scholarship. There is also a scholarship available for Foster children.

The value of the awarded scholarship is limited by the state (except for Alabama). In an effort to ensure that the neediest families receive the most help, AAA goes one step further and awards scholarships based on the following sliding scale:

100% scholarship for families with incomes of 185 (new applicants) and 200 (renewing applicants) percent of poverty
75% scholarship for families with incomes of between 201 and 225* percent of poverty
50% scholarship for families with incomes of between 226 and 250* percent of poverty
*In Florida, renewing families may earn up to 215 percent for a 75% scholarship and 230 percent for a 50 percent scholarship

Please contact AAA Scholarships at 888-707-2465 if you have any questions or would like more information.
Please contact AAA Scholarships at 888-707-2465 if you have any questions or would like more information.
Click here to go to the AAA Scholarships website

We Would Like to Know About You!?

  • My child has an IEP
  • My child has a 504
  • I have applied to McKay
  • I have applied for a Low Income Scholarship through Step Up for Students or AAA Scholarships
  • I have applied for the Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) through Step Up for Students
  • I have applied for the Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) through AAA Scholarships

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