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About us

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

TFA Chairback Seating Payne Stewart Athletic Complex

Athletics Blog, Week of August 25th

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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Inside TFA: Coach Haley Malone

There is a word constantly used today that has a variety of meanings: success. Success is truly in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to coaching, it can equate to either an impact homerun, or... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of August 18th

Chair 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.

Athletics Blog, Week of August 11th

Chair Seating Opportunities New this year out 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.

Rowdy’s Corner, Week of August 4th

Events August 19: Varsity Football Kick Off Classic vs. Calvary Christian (Royals TV) Royals TV Subscription The First Academy is in its sixth year streaming live athletic events via Royals... Read More.

Rowdy’s Corner, Week of May 19

ummerQuest 2016 Summer is quickly approaching, and SummerQuest is back for another year at TFA! We have added several new camps this year, as well as brought back camp favorites from previous... Read More.

Rowdy’s Corner, Week of May 5

ummerQuest 2016 Summer will be here before we know it, and SummerQuest is back for another year at TFA! We have added several new camps this year, as well as brought back camp favorites from... 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

Aug
31

Varsity Boys Golf vs Bishop Moore

03:30 PM-05:30 PM
MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835, USA

Aug
31

JV Boys Golf vs. Bishop Moore

03:30 PM-05:30 PM
MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835, USA

Aug
31

Memory page for Yearbook Due for early bird pricing

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Aug
31

US Senior Royal Recharge

09:30 AM-09:45 AM
Alumni Commons

Sep
01

MS Chapel – Faith Hall

09:30 AM-10:10 AM
Faith Hall

Sep
01

TCS Chapel

10:55 PM-11:20 PM
E2-215 & 225

Sep
01

TCS Parent Association Meeting

08:15 AM-09:15 AM
Cafe on the Rock

Sep
01

JV Football vs. Lake Highland Prep

06:00 PM-08:00 PM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando Fl 32805

Sep
01

Varsity Girls Golf vs. Lake Highland Prep

04:00 PM-06:00 PM
MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835, USA

Sep
01

US Chapel

09:40 AM-10:25 AM
Student Center

Sep
01

Varsity Volleyball vs. Cornerstone Charter

06:30 PM-08:00 PM
Natalie Thomas Gymnasium, The First Academy, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, USA

Sep
01

JV Volleyball vs. Cornerstone Charter

05:30 PM-06:30 PM
Natalie Thomas Gymnasium, The First Academy, 2667 Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, 32804, United States

Sep
01

K4-5th Gr. Chapel

08:30 AM-09:15 AM
Faith Hall, 3000 S John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32805

Sep
01

TFH Parent Association Meeting (Cafe on the Rock)

08:15 AM-09:15 AM
The First Academy, 2667 Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Sep
02

Varsity Football vs. Foundation Academy

07:00 PM-09:00 PM
Walker Field Winter Garden, 420 S Park Ave, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Sep
02

K Brown Bear Play & Refreshments

02:15 PM-03:15 PM
K Classrooms, The First Academy, 2667 Bruton Boulevard

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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.