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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

Chairbacks

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
24

Varsity Girls Golf @ Royal Invitational

09:00 AM-02:00 PM
MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835, USA

Aug
24

JV Boys Golf vs. Circle Christian

03:30 PM-05:30 PM
Ventura Country Club, 3578 Ventura Club Cir, Orlando, FL 32822, USA

Aug
25

MS Chapel – Faith Hall

09:30 AM-10:10 AM
Faith Hall

Aug
25

TCS Spirit Day

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Aug
25

JV Football vs Harmony

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

Aug
25

MS Football vs Trinity Prep

05:00 PM-07:00 PM
Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792, United States

Aug
25

US Chapel

09:40 AM-10:25 AM
Student Center

Aug
25

K4-5th Gr. Chapel

08:30 AM-09:15 AM
Faith Hall

Aug
25

Varsity Volleyball vs Boone

07:00 PM-08:30 PM
Boone High School, 1000 E Kaley St, Orlando, FL 32806, USA

Aug
25

JV Volleyball vs. Boone

06:00 PM-07:00 PM
Boone High School, 1000 E Kaley St, Orlando, FL 32806, USA

Aug
25

Freshman Volleyball vs Boone HS

05:00 PM-06:00 PM
Boone High School, 1000 E Kaley St, Orlando, FL 32806, USA

Aug
26

Varsity Football vs West Oaks

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

Aug
26

TFA Athletics Booster BBQ

05:30 PM-07:00 PM
Payne Stewart Athletic Complex, The First Academy, 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32805 United States

Aug
27

Varsity Cross Country @ Jim Ryun Season Opener

08:00 AM-10:00 AM
Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792, USA

Aug
29

Varsity Volleyball vs. Dr. Phillips

07:30 PM-09:00 PM
The First Academy, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, United States

Aug
29

JV Volleyball vs. Dr. Phillips

06:00 PM-07:00 PM
The First Academy, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, United States

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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.