Welcome to Sunshine Learning Miami
We teach our students to be curious, self-confident, and independent learners. We strive to help them flourish within a small setup along with multi-grade interaction where they will feel part of a family. Most importantly, we seek to develop in each of them a desire to learn, have a deep multicultural understanding, form strong collaborative skills, and devote themselves to the local community and the world.
At Sunshine Learning Miami we look forward to welcoming you to be part of our family and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question.
Step Up for Students
In 2001, the Florida Legislature created the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program to assure that low-income children have more learning options. The scholarships are based on financial need, not how well your child does in school. Private school scholarship: For the 2021-22 school year, a family of four could have an income of up to $99,375 annually to be eligible for a private school scholarship. The scholarship award is based on where the student lives and their grade level
For more information and application process, visit Step Up for Students: www.stepupforstudets.org.
The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, originally created in 1999, provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice. Students with disabilities include K-12 students who are documented as having an intellectual disability; a speech or language impairment; a hearing impairment, including deafness; a visual impairment, including blindness; a dual sensory impairment; an orthopedic impairment, another health impairment, an emotional or behavioral disability; a specific learning disability, including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia; a traumatic brain injury; a developmental delay; or autism spectrum disorder.
The scholarship shall remain in effect until the student:
- Returns to a public school;
- Graduates from high school, or
- Reaches the age of 22, whichever occurs first.
A student in a private school on McKay Scholarship can return to a public school using the McKay Scholarship public school option; however, the parent must notify the district prior to doing so. The school district will determine what public school options are available to the student after receiving the request. A student who exercises this choice will need to reestablish eligibility by being in a school year’s October and February student survey before being eligible again for the private school option of the McKay Scholarship.
For more information and application process visit Florida Department of Education: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/mckay
The tuition and fees at Sunshine Learning Miami exceeds the amount of Step up and Mc Kay scholarships, consequently the parents are responsible for additional costs and fees.
In 2018, the Florida Legislature created the Hope Scholarship Program to give public school children in Florida relief from bullying and violence. The scholarship gives parents the opportunity to transfer their child to another K-12 public school with available capacity within the school district, receive a scholarship to transport the student to a public school in another school district, or to request a scholarship for the student to attend an eligible private school. Step Up For Students is administering the private school and transportation options for the Hope Scholarship.
A qualifying incident must have taken place at a public K-12 educational institution, any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity, riding on the school bus or waiting at the school bus stop. Qualifying incidents include battery; harassment; hazing; bullying; kidnapping; physical attack; robbery; sexual offenses, harassment, assault or battery; threat or intimidation; or fighting at school as defined by the Florida Department of Education in accordance with s. 1006.09(6).
The Hope Scholarship Program is not based on financial need. Families may choose between transferring to another public school within the school district, financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or transportation costs to attend a public school in another district.
Private school scholarship: For the 2021-22 school year, a family of four could have an income of up to $99,375 annually to be eligible for a private school scholarship. The scholarship award is based on where the student lives and their grade level
Transportation Scholarship: Families can choose a scholarship, up to $750, to assist with the cost of transportation to an out-of-district public school.
Renewal for subsequent school years: For the purposes of continuity of educational choice, a Hope Scholarship shall remain in force until the student returns to their zoned public school or graduates from high school.
Family Empowerment Scholarship
The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) Program is one of Florida’s greatest victories for low-income and working-class families, and it is the first of its kind to extend support to middle-income families. Following the 2019 Legislative Session, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7070, which creates the FES Program and provides 18,000 students life-changing education opportunities for academic and career success.
The FES Program will provide an educational lifeline to students waiting for an opportunity to find the school that will best work for them and puts more parents in the driver’s seat to determine the best educational environments for their children.
A student is eligible for a scholarship if the student meets the following criteria:
The student’s household income level does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level ($77,250 for a family of four) or the student is on the direct certification list (list of children who qualify for the food assistance program, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program, or the Food Distribution on Indian Reservations program), or
The student is currently placed, or during the previous state fiscal year was placed, in foster care or in out-of-home care as defined in s. 39.01
The student is eligible to enroll in kindergarten or has spent the prior school year (2018-19) in attendance at a Florida public school. Prior attendance means the student was enrolled in and in attendance at a Florida public school during both the October and February student counts.
Prior to scholarship funds being awarded, the student must be accepted and enrolled in a participating private school. For a list of eligible schools, please view the Department’s Private School Directory. A private school that is currently eligible to participate in any of the scholarship programs is eligible to participate in the FES. However, parents should contact the schools to inquire as to whether the private school will participate in the program.
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