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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

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.

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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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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
08

Rising 9th Grade PARENT Event- Launch 2021

02:00 PM-03:15 PM
Black Box (Middle School)

Dec
08

Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Circle Christian

07:00 PM-08:30 PM
Metro Life Church, 910 S Winter Park Dr, Casselberry, FL 32707, USA

Dec
08

Varsity Girls Basketball vs. The Master’s Acadmey

07:00 PM-08:30 PM
The Master's Academy, 1500 Lukas Ln, Oviedo, FL 32765, USA

Dec
08

Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Circle Christian

06:00 PM-08:00 PM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, USA

Dec
08

Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Circle Christian

04:00 PM-06:00 PM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, USA

Dec
08

TFH Parent’s Fellowship (Cafe on the Rock)

08:00 AM-09:00 AM

Dec
08

LS Christmas Chapel

08:15 AM-09:15 AM
Faith Hall, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando FL

Dec
08

JV Girls Soccer vs. Celebration

04:00 PM-05:00 PM
Celebration High School 1807 Celebration Blvd., Celebration, FL 34747

Dec
08

6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. The Christ School

04:15 PM-05:15 PM
The Christ School, 106 E Church St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA

Dec
08

6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Foundation Academy

05:15 PM-06:15 PM
The Christ School, 106 E Church St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA

Dec
08

MS Chapel- Henry Chapel 9:30am

09:30 AM-10:15 AM
Henry Chapel

Dec
08

US Chapel

09:33 AM-10:13 AM
Student Center

Dec
09

3rd Gr. Trip

7:30 AM-4:00 PM
Walt Disney World, 3111 World Drive, Orlando FL

Dec
09

MS Girls Soccer vs. Master’s Academy

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

Dec
09

6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Windermere Prep

04:00 PM-05:00 PM
Windermere Preparatory School, 6189 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Windermere, FL 34786, USA

Dec
09

US AP Environmental Science Field Trip

7:30 AM-4:00 PM
Animal Kingdom

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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.