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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

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Athletics Blog, Week of September 29th

Hall of Fame Game & Induction Ceremony View this video for a great snap-shot of last Friday's 2016 Hall of Fame Game and Induction Ceremony. Friends of the program, Ed & Wanda Gamble... Read More.

The First Academy's Athletics Hall of Fame

Athletics Blog, Week of September 22nd

Hall of Fame Game Please join us at 7:00pm on Friday, September 23rd out at Warden Stadium for our annual Hall of Fame Game. The Royals Football team will take on Palm Glades Preparatory Academy, and... Read More.

TFA Chairback Seating Payne Stewart Athletic Complex

Athletics Blog, Week of September 15th

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 September 8th

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 September 1st

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.

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.

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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

Sep
30

Varsity Football vs. Ocala Trinity

07:00 PM-09:00 PM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando Fl 32805

Sep
30

Varsity Girls Golf @ Odoba Tournament of Champions

01:00 PM-06:00 PM
Providence Golf Club, 1518 Clubhouse Blvd, Davenport, FL 33837, USA

Sep
30

1st Gr. Field Trip

7:30 AM-4:00 PM
Sea World, 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821

Sep
30

US Student Led Prayer & Worship

07:15 AM-07:45 AM
Alumni Commons

Sep
30

JV Volleyball vs. Winter Springs @ OVA/TB

05:00 PM-06:00 PM
Orlando & Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy, 6700 Kingspointe Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

Sep
30

JV Volleyball vs John Caroll

07:00 PM-08:00 PM
Orlando & Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy, 6700 Kingspointe Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

Sep
30

Freshman Volleyball vs. Lake Nona @ OVA/TB Tournament

08:00 PM-09:00 PM
Orlando & Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy, 6700 Kingspointe Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

Sep
30

Freshman Volleyball vs. Winter Springs @ OVA/TB Tournament

06:00 PM-07:00 PM
Orlando & Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy, 6700 Kingspointe Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

Oct
01

Varsity Volleyball Tri-Match

12:30 PM-02:00 PM
Calvary Christian 110 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL 33759

Oct
01

JV Volleyball @ OVA Tournament

12:00 PM-05:00 PM
6700 Kingspointe Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819

Oct
01

Freshman Volleyball @ OVA Tournament

12:00 PM-05:00 PM
6700 Kingspointe Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819

Oct
01

Varsity Cross Country @ West Orange Invitational

08:00 AM-10:00 AM
West Orange High School, 1625 Beulah Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787, USA

Oct
01

TFH Pastor Appreciation Month

10/1 7:30 AM-10/31 4:00 PM

Oct
01

Pastor Appreciation Month

10/1 7:30 AM-10/31 4:00 PM

Oct
01

Pastor Appreciation Month

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Oct
01

Varsity Swimming @ Trinity Prep Invitational

09:00 AM-01:00 PM
Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792, 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.