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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

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.

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.

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.

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 January 12th

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Announcements TFA Athletics is pleased to name former Olympic Gold Medalist Moushaumi Robinson as Head Varsity Track and Field Coach! Please contact willcohen@thefirstacademy.org if... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of January 5th

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Announcements TFA Athletics is pleased to name former Olympic Gold Medalist Moushaumi Robinson as Head Varsity Track and Field Coach! Please contact willcohen@thefirstacademy.org if... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of December 15th

Events December 15: Varsity Wrestling @ Wekiva Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Geneva (Royals TV) Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Geneva (Royals TV) 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Legacy Charter 6th Grade... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of December 8th

Events December 8: Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Circle Christian Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Circle Christian (@ Metro Life Church) Varsity Girls Basketball @ The Master's Academy Varsity Girls... Read More.

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.

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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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

Jan
18

Varsity Girls Soccer District Semifinals

04:00 PM-08:00 PM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, USA

Jan
18

Monthly Dad’s Bible Study

07:55 AM-08:55 AM

Jan
18

2nd Gr. Field Trip

7:30 AM-4:00 PM
Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, USA

Jan
18

Dad’s Bible Study

07:55 AM-08:55 AM
The First Academy, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Jan
18

TFH/TFA Monthly Dad’s Bible Study

07:55 AM-08:55 AM

Jan
18

TFH Quarter 2 Parent Conferences for Inclusion Students Only

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Jan
18

8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Orangewood

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

Jan
18

6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Orangewood Christian

04:30 PM-05:30 PM
The First Academy, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, USA

Jan
18

K4/K-Prep Gatorland On-Campus Field Trip

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
K4 Classrooms, The First Academy, 2667 Bruton Boulevard, Orlando FL

Jan
19

Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Boone HS

07:30 PM-09:00 PM
Boone High School, 1000 E Kaley St, Orlando, FL 32806, USA

Jan
19

K4-5th Gr. Chapel

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

Jan
19

TFH Quarter 2 Parent Conferences for Inclusion Student Only

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Jan
19

MS Assembly Faith Hall- “Lion King Jr.”

09:30 AM-10:30 AM
Faith Hall

Jan
19

US Poetry Out Loud Competition

09:35 AM-10:55 AM
Student Center

Jan
19

US 10th Grade Parents-Coffee with College Advisors

08:00 AM-08:40 AM
US room 202

Jan
20

Varsity Girls Soccer District Final

07:00 PM-09:00 PM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, USA

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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.