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Academics to excel. Faith to inspire.

You want your child to have the best opportunities at every age. We want the same. That’s why from infants to seniors, we nurture children to learn, love, and lead in Christ-like ways. 

Our students come to understand the importance of character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, and participation as a way of life. 

Discover how your child can thrive at our top-rated private Christian school in Orlando, FL, serving families since 1987 and ranked a “Best Private K-12 School in Orange County” by education review site Niche.

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At The First Academy, your child will be known, loved, and valued.

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A love of learning and Christ permeates everything we do, bringing wonder and curiosity into our classrooms.

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We strive for excellence — every teacher is committed to developing the talents and deepening the faith of every student.

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Christ is at the center, setting the example as we serve and care for others.

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Southern Home Bakery alumni from The First Academy, Orlando, Florida
A Recipe for Sweet Success

The owner of Orlando’s popular Southern Home Bakery tells how her high school, The First Academy, gave her the ingredients she needed to pursue her dream. Keep reading to hear how she did it!

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Christy Requejo – Middle School Teacher

“They want to know that you care about them. I try to go see their extra-curricular activities, I try to make sure that I am talking to them everyday-checking in with them. I think most of all they want to know that someone cares about them and loves them beyond the walls of academics. You may not love science, but that doesn’t mean you and I can’t connect.”

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Conner Riley – Class of 2022

“My teachers have been great role models for my faith at TFA, and every class finds some way to include faith into the curriculum in some way. I feel like the most significant way I’ve grown in my faith is from learning from my peers through bible studies and conversations. I’ve been a chaplain for the past four years at TFA, and this has also helped me more deeply understand my own faith and be a better Christian leader to others.”

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Elizabeth Dixon – Class of 2000

“I am so thankful for the education and inspiration I received at The First Academy! They poured their passion and heart into all they did. And we were all blessed because of it.”

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From TFA to the Naval Academy: The Assists that Led the Way

TFA basketball star Kamron Summers tells how the private Christian school prepared him academically, athletically, and spiritually for the Naval Academy.

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Kelly Haer
Kelly Haer

Kelly (Maxwell) Haer: Respectful Relationship Builder Dr. Kelly (Maxwell) Haer, TFA Class of 2001, came to The First…

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Teahna Daniels – Class of 2015

“TFA had everything. One experience I really enjoyed was the senior trip, being able to bond with my class. There are so many memories, from making some of my best friends here to having some of the best teachers and coaches, there was a lot of support.”

The Seeds That Grew Roots

The Seeds That Grew Roots Caleb (Class of 2004), Seth (Class of 2005), and Asa (Class of 2010) de Armas When you are a…

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The Unexpected Comment that Changed Everything

When an alumnus returned to a football game at a private Christian school in Orlando, FL, a remark about working at the school led to a life-changing decision.

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Will Zavala – Parent & Director of Technology

”I’m grateful to come to a place where I know Daphne gets loved and supported just as much as I try to love and support our students and staff.”


Royal News

Rejoice This Easter
March 28, 2024

What a joy it was to all be together for the All School Easter Chapel! It was a reminder that our focus at TFA is…


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