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The First Academy is a Christ-centered, college preparatory, private school serving over 1,450 Central Florida students from preschool through high school.

Since its founding in 1986, The First Academy has continued to grow the academic, fine arts, and athletic programs, helping elevate students to their highest levels of achievement. Developing character strength has led our young men and women to serve others in Orlando and across the globe.

Arts

Best in Show

Congratulations McKenzie McNeil!

Congratulations to McKenzie McNeil for winning the "Best in Show" award at the 2015 District V Thespian Festival. McKenzie is a senior at TFA and has been involved in theatre for six years. She has... Read More.

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Disney’s Candlelight Processional

In September, a group of sixteen Upper School students sang for in an audition video (above) in the hopes that Disney would select our school to participate in the Disney Candlelight Processional at... Read More.

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Why the Arts Matter in School

Written By: Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School Several years ago, Stanford University published the results of a study demonstrating why the arts matter in school. While many schools are cutting... Read More.

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Making TFA History

Alumnus Stephen Whitaker, son of Dr. & Mrs. Steve Whitaker, recently finished directing The Odd Couple by Neil Simon which had a successful run April 23-25 in the new Black Box Theatre. This... Read More.

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Congrats Caroline Wendzel

The First Academy junior, Caroline Wendzel has been awarded the Silver Key Award by the Scholastic Southeast Writing Region-at-Large for 2015  in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. This... Read More.

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Athletics

Athletics Blog, Week of December 1st

Events December 1: Varsity Boys Soccer @ Foundation Academy Varsity Boys Basketball @ The Rotary Tournament (@ Winter Park High School) Varsity Girls Soccer @ East Ridge High School JV Girls... Read More.

The volleyball team won the state championship.

Athletics Blog, Week of November 17th

Chair Back Seating Opportunities New this year at the Payne Stewart Athletic Complex is chair-back seating at Warden Stadium. For the first time, you have an opportunity to purchase stadium chair... Read More.

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Athletics Blog, Week of November 10th

Post-Season Announcements Volleyball Regional Champions State Championship on Thursday, November 10th @ 6:00 PM at West Port High School Cross Country Drew deArmas placed 19th... Read More.

The First Academy Cross Country

Athletics Blog, Week of November 3rd

Post-Season Announcements Girls Golf  State Runner-Up Regional Champions Morgan Baxendale - Individual Regional Champion Volleyball Regional Champions State-Semi final on... Read More.

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Athletics Blog, Week of October 27th

Chair Back Seating Opportunities New this year at the Payne Stewart Athletic Complex is chair-back seating at Warden Stadium. For the first time, you have an opportunity to purchase stadium chair... Read More.

Athletic Blog, Week of October 20th

Chair Back Seating Opportunities New this year at the Payne Stewart Athletic Complex is chair-back seating at Warden Stadium. For the first time, you have an opportunity to purchase stadium chair... Read More.

2016 Varsity Boys Cross Country

Athletics Blog, Week of October 13th

Chair Back Seating Opportunities New this year at the Payne Stewart Athletic Complex is chair-back seating at Warden Stadium. For the first time, you have an opportunity to purchase stadium chair... Read More.

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Athletics Blog, Week of October 6th

Chair Back Seating Opportunities New this year at the Payne Stewart Athletic Complex is chair-back seating at Warden Stadium. For the first time, you have an opportunity to purchase stadium chair... Read More.

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In 2007, TFA was selected to receive an inaugural

FHSAA Rozelle Sportsmanship Award

only one of seven schools honored in the state of Florida

$70 million

in scholarship offers since 2003.

151,000 hours

of Missions/Service completed around the world since 2003

100%

of TFA graduates have been accepted to college

Events

Dec
06

MS Parent Association Meeting

08:15 AM-09:45 AM
Faith Hall 301

Dec
06

Parent Association Meeting – All Divisions

08:15 AM-09:45 AM
Faith Hall, Room 301

Dec
06

Parent Association Meeting – All Divisions

08:15 AM-09:45 AM
FH 301, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando FL

Dec
06

JV Boys Basketball vs. Cornerstone Charter

04:30 PM-06:00 PM
Cornerstone Charter Academy, 5903 Randolph Ave, Orlando, FL 32809, USA

Dec
06

Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Cornerstone Charter

07:30 PM-09:00 PM
Cornerstone Charter Academy, 5903 Randolph Ave, Orlando, FL 32809, USA

Dec
06

Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Cornerstone Charter

06:00 PM-07:30 PM
Cornerstone Charter Academy, 5903 Randolph Ave, Orlando, FL 32809, USA

Dec
06

Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Windermere Prep

03:30 PM-05:30 PM
Windermere Preparatory School, 6189 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Windermere, FL 34786, USA

Dec
06

JV Girls Soccer vs. Ocoee HS

04:30 PM-06:00 PM
Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Pkwy, Ocoee, FL 34761, USA

Dec
06

Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Ocoee High School

06:00 PM-08:00 PM
Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Pkwy, Ocoee, FL 34761, USA

Dec
06

TFH Parent Tours for Prospective Students

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Dec
06

8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Trinity Prep

07:00 PM-08:00 PM
The First Academy, Natalie Thomas Gym, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Dec
06

MS Girls Basketball vs. Windermere Prep

06:00 PM-07:00 PM
Lake Highland Preparatory School, 901 Highland Ave, Orlando, FL 32803, USA

Dec
07

Rising 9th Grade STUDENT Event- Launch 2021

12:15 PM-01:00 PM
Faith Hall

Dec
07

US Senior Recharge

09:30 AM-09:45 AM
Alumni Commons

Dec
07

Monthly Prayer time with TFA Dads

07:55 AM-08:10 AM
Gym Lobby

Dec
07

Dad’s Prayer Time

07:55 AM-08:10 AM
Natalie Thomas Gymnasium Lobby, The First Academy, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

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Giving Opportunities

In August of 1987, The First Academy committed to “preparing children for life as Christian leaders.” Through the faithfulness of God and the generosity of his people, The First Academy began impacting thousands of students’ lives. Since then, countless parents, grandparents and alumni have given generously, and today we ask that you, too, help make this possible.