Upper School Blog, Week of 4/7


Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:


Humanities Scholar Bowl Winner


The First Academy Upper School showcased the Third-Annual Humanities Scholar Bowl Thursday, March 31st.  This competition features a game show style presentation of questions ranging from AP Human Geography, AP World History, AP European History, AP US History and AP US Government.  The brilliant finalists included Lexi Berger (12th), Evan Stone (11th), Olivia Tracy (11th) and Melanie Pearce (10th).  Congratulations to Evan Stone for Honorable Mention, followed by Melanie Pearce who took third place and received a $1,000 Scholarship and $100 cash prize.  Olivia Tracy placed second and received the $2,000 Scholarship and $300 cash prize.  And, the grand prize belongs to Lexi Berger who earned the $3,000 Scholarship and $600 cash prize.  Worth noting is that this is the third time Lexi Berger placed as a finalist in the Humanities Scholar Bowl.  The Social Sciences Department is very proud of all of the finalists who participated this year.


AP Testing Location

Please note that all AP tests will be administered off campus this year at NOVA Southeastern University – Orlando Campus: 4850 Millenia Blvd, Orlando, FL 32839 (10 minutes away from TFA Campus). AP exams are scheduled by College Board and take place the first two weeks of May. An email with additional information was sent to all parents and students earlier this week. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your AP teacher or College Advisor with specific questions.

Guidance Updates

AP Pre-Administration Session 
All students taking the AP Exam(s) will go to Faith Hall on Tuesday, April 19th at 9:30 a.m.
Class of 2017- Prep, Prep, Prep!
As the Junior year comes to a close, it is very important that all of you are planning on (re)taking the SAT & ACT.  There are a few more test dates coming up and it will benefit you to take the time in preparation for these important tests.  Please take advantage of these great programs!
SAT: Personalized free study program-   ​
ACT: Free study guide:


Save the Date – End of Year Events

US & Senior Award Ceremony – Wednesday, April 20, 9:00am – Faith Hall

Senior Brick Laying Ceremony – Wednesday, April 27, 8:15am – US Parking Lot

Rising Senior Parent Meeting (at least one parent is required to attend) – Saturday, May 14, 9:00am – Student Center

Senior Step Up – Monday, May 16, 7:00am – Faith Hall Parking Lot

Graduation Ceremony – Friday, May 20, 6:45pm – First Baptist Orlando Worship Center

MS/US Chorus Concert – Cinemagic

Tickets are now on sale for “Cinemagic,” a fun show presented by the middle and upper school music department featuring all of your favorite songs from iconic movies!  Come experience these movie moments on stage, as they are brought to life by our student performers.  Enjoy the magic of movies such as “Rocky,” “James Bond,” “Titanic,” “Ghostbusters,” a variety of Disney classics, and many more.  This show includes performances by Middle School Ensemble, Upper School Chorus, Upper School Musical Theatre, and various soloists and small ensembles.  This is a fully staged production with many exciting effects and surprises; you do not want to miss this one night event!

“Cinemagic” will take place on Tuesday, April 19th in the Student Center at 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased at for $10.  This show is open seating, and doors will open at 6:30pm.

For questions, please email Cheryl Bynum at

Junior/Senior Prom 2016

You’re invited! The junior class welcomes all juniors and seniors to The First Academy’s 2016 Prom, The Forbidden Forest, Where Time Stands Still.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:30pm

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort: 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830

Purchase tickets here:

Girls Self Defense Class

*Now open to grades 9th-12th*

We are hosting a one hour self-defense class on April 20th and May 11th.  There are two time slots available each day and only 15 spots for each class.  Sign up today by using the form stack below!  The cost is only $25. Last year was our first year to hold the class. Our lead instructor was TFA mom and OPD Officer Karen Long. Since that first class Officer Long passed away with cancer. Beginning this year we have decided to honor her by naming the class in her memory.

Corporal and Master Police Officer Kevlon Kirkpatrick from the Orlando Police Department assisted Officer Long last year and will once again  help introduce you to life-saving techniques useful in your everyday life. Learning self-defense is not something that should be optional, it could potentially save you! Come on out and learn how to defend yourself, things to look out for, and how to avoid negative situations.

Follow this link to register: