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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 August 17

pecial Events August 21: Fall Sports Parent Meeting @ 6:30 PM (Cramer Family Field House) Events August 18: Varsity Football Kickoff Classic vs. Cambridge Christian (Royals TV) August 19: ... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of August 10

Year in Review   Special Events August 21: Fall Sports Parent Meeting @ 6:30 PM (Cramer Family Field House) Events August 15: Varsity Volleyball vs. Dr. Phillips (@ Oviedo HS) August... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of August 3rd

Year in Review   Tryouts Fall Sports officially started on July 31 as outlined by the FHSAA. You should have received communication regarding tryout information via email. If you have any... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of May 18th

Varsity Awards Ceremony Congratulations to all of our awards winners at this year's varsity awards banquet! For a recap of some of our more prestigious awards, please... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of May 11th

ummerQuest 2017 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.

Athletics Blog, Week of May 4th

ummerQuest 2017 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.

Athletics Blog, Week of April 27th

ummerQuest 2017 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
21

Fall Sports Parent Meeting (Grades 6-12)

06:30 PM-07:30 PM
The First Academy, The Natalie Thomas Gymnasium, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Aug
21

TFH/TFA Fall Sports Parent Meeting Grades 6-12 (Gym)

06:30 PM-07:30 PM
The First Academy, The Natalie Thomas Gymnasium, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Aug
21

Fall Sports Parent Meeting Grades 6-12

06:30 PM-07:30 PM
Natalie Thomas gym

Aug
22

PRE – Preschool Parent Sunshine Committee

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Aug
22

Volunteer Kick-Off Breakfast

08:15 AM-09:45 AM
Student Center - First Baptist Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL

Aug
22

Volunteer Kick-Off Breakfast

08:15 AM-09:45 AM
Student Center - First Baptist Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL

Aug
22

TFH/TCS HS Parent Meeting (Inclusion Only)

11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Aug
22

TCS High School Parent Meeting

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
E2-215 & 225

Aug
22

Varsity Boys Golf vs. Lake Nona

04:00 PM-06:00 PM
Falcon's Fire Golf Course, 3200 Seralago Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746, USA

Aug
22

Varsity Volleyball vs. Lake Nona

07:30 PM-09:00 PM
Lake Nona High School, 12500 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832, USA

Aug
22

JV Volleyball vs. Lake Nona

06:00 PM-07:30 PM
Lake Nona High School, 12500 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832, USA

Aug
22

Freshman Volleyball vs. Lake Nona

05:00 PM-06:00 PM
Lake Nona High School, 12500 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832, USA

Aug
23

Varsity Girls Golf vs Lake Mary Prep

03:30 PM-05:30 PM
Falcon's Fire Golf Course, 3200 Seralago Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746, USA

Aug
23

JV Boys Golf vs. Circle Christian

03:30 PM-05:30 PM
Ventura Country Club, 3333 Woodgate Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822, USA

Aug
24

TFH Portrait Day

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Aug
24

TCS & TFH School Portraits

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

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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.