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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 December 14

Events December 14: Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Apopka HS JV Boys Basketball @ Orlando Christian Prep MS Boys Soccer vs. Orangewood MS Girls Soccer vs. Orangewood 6th Grade Boys Basketball vs... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of December 7

Events December 7: Varsity Girls Basketball @ Wekiva HS MS Boys Soccer vs. Lake Highland Prep MS Girls Soccer vs. Windermere Prep December 8: Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Lake Gibson Varsity... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of November 30

Events November 30: Varsity Girls Basketball @ Evans HS MS Boys Soccer @ Lake Highland Prep 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ Cornerstone 6th Grade Boys Basketball @ Cornerstone MS Girls Soccer... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of November 16

tate Champions! Congratulations to the Lady Royals Golf team on winning the Class 1A State Championship on Wednesday afternoon at Mission Inn! The two day tournament saw the Lady Royals shoot a... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of November 9

tate Champions! Congratulations to the Lady Royals Golf team on winning the Class 1A State Championship on Wednesday afternoon at Mission Inn! The two day tournament saw the Lady Royals shoot a... Read More.

Athletics Blog, Week of November 2nd

pecial Events November 8: National Letter of Intent Ceremony (Cramer Family Field House) November 13: Winter Sports Parent Meeting - 6:30 PM (Cramer Family Field House) Events November 2: No... Read More.

Camaraderie Foundation Toy Drive for Veterans

Toy Drive!

TFA Families, We are very excited to announce that we will be conducting a toy drive on Friday, November 3 at the varsity football game. With Veterans Day coming up, we thought this would be a... 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
15

Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Melbourne Central Catholic

06:30 PM-08:30 PM
Melbourne Central Catholic High School, 100 E Florida Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901, USA

Dec
15

JV Boys Soccer vs. Melbourne Central Catholic

04:30 PM-06:30 PM
Melbourne Central Catholic High School, 100 E Florida Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901, USA

Dec
15

Varsity wrestling vs New Symrna Beach HS

06:30 PM-08:00 PM
The First Academy, Natalie Thomas Gym, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Dec
15

Middle School Boys Soccer vs Lake Mary Prep

03:30 PM-04:30 PM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, USA

Dec
15

Middle School Girls Soccer vs The Christ School

05:00 PM-06:00 PM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, USA

Dec
15

Varsity Boys Basketball vs Gainesville HS

07:00 PM-08:30 PM
The First Academy, Cramer Family Field House, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Dec
15

Varsity Girls Soccer vs Bishop Moore

03:00 PM-05:00 PM
Bishop Moore Catholic High School, 3901 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804, USA

Dec
15

Moms’ Prayer Time

08:00 AM-08:20 AM
The First Academy, Cramer Family Field House, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Dec
16

7th Grade Boys Basketball vs Lake Highland Prep Ct 1

08:00 AM-09:00 AM
The First Academy, Cramer Family Field House, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Dec
16

7th Grade Boys Basketball vs Foundation Academy Ct 2

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
The First Academy, Cramer Family Field House, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Dec
16

8th Grade Boys Basketball vs Windermere Prep Ct 1

12:00 PM-01:00 PM
The First Academy, Cramer Family Field House, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Dec
16

8th Grade Boys Basketball vs Trinity Prep Ct 2

02:00 PM-03:00 PM
The First Academy, Cramer Family Field House, Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL, United States

Dec
16

MS Girls Basketball vs Lake Mary Prep

09:00 AM-10:00 AM
Lake Mary Preparatory School, 650 Rantoul Ln, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA

Dec
16

MS Girls Basketball vs Windermere Prep

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Lake Mary Preparatory School, 650 Rantoul Ln, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA

Dec
18

JV Girls Soccer vs. Apopka HS

05:00 PM-06:00 PM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex 2667 Bruton Blvd Orlando Fl 32805

Dec
18

Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Apopka HS

06:30 PM-08:00 PM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex 2667 Bruton Blvd Orlando Fl 32805

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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.

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