Dream Academy Financial Policy

Dream Academy is a nonprofit corporation.  Our financial policy is to make sure every family can afford an education with us.   In order to sustain operations, we need to ensure timely funding. We accept all Florida Scholarships.  Specific requirements are listed below for each option. We also accept cash and payment plans.  

Base Costs:

  • Tuition $7500

  • Registration $350

  • Technology Fee $750

Additional Services:

  • One-on-One Health/Safety Aid (per hour) $25.00

  • One-on-One Learning Aid (per hour) $18.00

  • Behavior Counseling (per session) $110.00

  • Occupational/Physical Therapy (per session) $125.00

  • Tutoring (per session) $50.00

  • Assistive Technology $2,500.00

Cash/Payment Plan

Dream Academy accepts cash payments.  Payment plans are spread over 12 months. An initial deposit of $1625 to cover First Month, Registration and Technology is required  enrollment with a payment of $625/Month due every month. There are discounts and special incentives offered at different times during the year. 

McKay Scholarship

The State of Florida has a scholarship program for Special Needs Students.  The requirements are (1) Student MUST have a 504 Plan or IEP. (2) Student MUST be currently attending a Public School, and have been in attendance for the previous October and February FTE Count.

BEFORE Enrolling in Dream Academy, a McKay Intent must be filed.  This MUST be done before withdrawing from Public School. Dream Academy can assist with this process.  Once Approved, there is NO RENEWAL needed.   

Payments are made in September, November, February and April.  Parent/Guardian MUST endorse each payment when received at the school.  Endorsement must be done in a timely fashion. You will be notified when payments are received and arrangements for endorsement at our location will be made.

Intent to Participate in the McKay Scholarship can be filed at: https://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/Intent/McKayIntent/StudentIntent.aspx

Dream Academy can assist in this process.

Gardiner Scholarship

To be awarded a Gardiner Scholarship, students must be at least 3 years old and no older than 22 or in 12th grade, whichever comes first. Students must have an Individualized Education Plan or have been diagnosed by a physician or psychologist with one of the following: autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, an intellectual disability, muscular dystrophy, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, spina bifida, Williams syndrome, anaphylaxis, dual sensory impairment or rare diseases which affect patient populations of fewer than 200,000 Americans. Students are also eligible if A) they are identified as deaf or visually impaired, B) they have had a traumatic brain injury defined by the state board of education, C) they are hospitalized or homebound with a medically diagnosed physical or psychiatric condition for more than six months or D) they are students aged 3, 4 or 5 who are considered “high-risk” due to developmental delay.

Requests for reimbursement will be made quarterly.  Approval is made online through the Gardiner Scholarship system and must be completed by parent in a timely manner

Application can be made at: 

https://www.aaascholarships.org/

And

https://www.stepupforstudents.org/

Deadline is August of the school year.  This is a first-come, first-serve scholarship and will be awarded until funds run out.  Application opens February or the preceding school year.

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship

Students in households earning up to 260 percent of the federal poverty level ($66,950 for a family of four in 2019–20) are eligible for scholarships. Students who qualify under 200 percent of poverty ($51,500 for a family of four) are eligible for full scholarships worth $6,519 to $7,111, depending on grade level. Partial scholarships are available with scholarship values reduced by 12 percent to 50 percent if the student comes from a household with an income between 200 percent and 260 percent of the federal poverty level. First priority is given to renewal students and new students eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program ($47,638 for a family of four in 2019–20). Eligibility recently opened to siblings of current scholarship recipients—as long as they live in the same household—and the income limit for previous scholarship recipients was removed. Additionally, students placed in foster care or out-of-home care, as well as dependents of active-duty military, are now able to apply for a scholarship at any time.

Payments are made in September, November, February and April.  Parent/Guardian MUST endorse each payment when received at the school.  Endorsement must be done in a timely fashion. You will be notified when payments are received and arrangements for endorsement at our location will be made.

Application can be made at: 

https://www.aaascholarships.org/

And

https://www.stepupforstudents.org/

Deadline is August of the school year.  This is a first-come, first-serve scholarship and will be awarded until funds run out.  Application opens February or the preceding school year.

Family Empowerment Scholarship

Students are initially eligible for Family Empowerment Scholarships if they (a) are directly certified to receive food assistance, TANF benefits or qualify for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, (b) are from families whose income does not exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($77,250 for a family of four in 2019–20, or (c) are in foster care.

Eligible students must also have been enrolled in a traditional Florida public school during the previous school year. Children whose parent(s) are members of the Armed Forces and who are moving to Florida due to military orders do not need to meet the prior public schooling requirement. Enrollment in a charter school or a state-funded virtual school does not satisfy the prior public schooling requirement.

Priority is given to students whose household income does not exceed 185 percent of FPL ($47,638 for a family of four in 2019–20). Once a recipient of a Family Empowerment Scholarship, a student remains eligible until graduating from high school or becoming 21 years old, regardless of the family’s income level. Siblings of participating students are also eligible for the program for the duration of their K–12 education.  The program is capped at 18,000 students for the 2019–20 school year. It is allowed to grow by a quarter of a percent of the state’s total public school enrollment in subsequent years (currently about 7,000 students per year.)

Payments are made in September, November, February and April.  Parent/Guardian MUST endorse each payment when received at the school.  Endorsement must be done in a timely fashion. You will be notified when payments are received and arrangements for endorsement at our location will be made.

Application can be made at: 

https://www.aaascholarships.org/

And

https://www.stepupforstudents.org/

Deadline is August of the school year.  This is a first-come, first-serve scholarship and will be awarded until funds run out.  Application opens February or the preceding school year.

HOPE Scholarship

Students in grades K–12 who are victims of bullying or violence in public district schools are eligible for Hope Scholarships. Public school officials must notify parents of bullying victims about their Hope Scholarship eligibility after the parent reports a qualifying incident to school officials. Qualifying incidents include battery, harassment, hazing, bullying, kidnapping, physical attack, robbery, sexual offenses, threats and intimidation, assault and fighting in school.

Qualifying incidents may occur within a school building, on school property, at any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity, while riding the bus or while waiting at a bus stop. Students attending public charter schools are not eligible.

Students must be Florida residents. Students who receive other scholarships from a Florida SFO are not eligible for Hope Scholarships.

Payments are made in September, November, February and April.  Parent/Guardian MUST endorse each payment when received at the school.  Endorsement must be done in a timely fashion. You will be notified when payments are received and arrangements for endorsement at our location will be made.

Application can be made at: 

https://www.stepupforstudents.org/

Deadline is August of the school year.  This is a first-come, first-serve scholarship and will be awarded until funds run out.  Application opens February or the preceding school year.

Admission Prior to Scholarship Application and/or Approval

Dream Academy believes in providing opportunity to ALL students regardless of situation.   We will accept enrollment, pending funding for those that would otherwise qualify for the various options above.    Students can start immediately, with agreement of families agree to adhere to the following: 

  • Complete and Submit ALL Application Information in a TIMELY Manner

  • Provide Dream Academy with Application # within 3 days of Enrollment

  • Check Status WEEKLY and provide Dream Academy updates

  • Complete any other applications and documentation as requested by Dream Academy pertaining to potential scholarship funding

Failure to complete application and/or documentation by established deadlines will result in suspension of student access.   If alternative payment arrangements are not made within 30 days, student will be withdrawn and laptop and any other materials must be returned.  If laptop or materials are not returned within 10 days of withdrawal, a fee of $750 will be charged.