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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

Fine Arts Team Spotlight

Cynthia Collins What is your role at TFA? 3D Visual Arts Instructor - because God created all things, it is easy to teach Art with Him as the focus. I strive to teach the visual arts in a way that... Read More.

Students receive Top ACSI Art Honors

Our Upper and Middle School Visual Art students' hard work earned them national recognization this year. Several students' 2D and 3D artwork were submitted for The Association of Christian Schools... Read More.

Hello, Dolly!

Written by Gabriella Headley, Theatre Director Over the past 2 weekends, 36 high school students, cast & crew, presented The First Academy's Upper School Musical, Hello, Dolly! Gower... Read More.

A Night To Remember

Our entire TFA community is invited to join the Fine Arts Department as they proudly present A Night to Remember. Featuring student performers from the award-winning Middle and Upper school band... Read More.

Fine Arts Update & Accolades

Fine Arts Families, TFA Fine Arts has experienced major growth and as a result, additional offerings have been designed to enhance the progress of this programming. Efforts by administration, the... Read More.

one act 2020

Award-Winning Fine Arts Showcases

The winter season has been a busy and successful one for the Fine Arts Department. Middle and Upper School Visual Arts students fine-tuned their work for display, showcasing it as part of the annual... Read More.

5 Events You Don’t Want To Miss

Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School The Christmas Season is a busy time at TFA. This time of year we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a time filled with... Read More.

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Athletics

Athletics Team Spotlight

Bo Burgess What is your role at TFA? Sports Information Coordinator/MS Athletics Coordinator - I facilitate most of our external communications/media responsibilities. I also assist with all of... Read More.

NLI Signing Day with Baseball

Eight Royals sign to play college sports

At The First Academy, our athletes participate in programs that aim to both further their skill and glorify God through interactions with teammates, fans, officials, and opponents. The goal of TFA... Read More.

TFA Alum signs with Lakers

The First Academy Class of 2017’s Chaundee Brown Jr. recently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming the first alumnus to play in the NBA. From a standout player in high school to helping... Read More.

TFA Alum Earns Silver Medal in Olympics

The First Academy Class of 2015 Alumna Teahna Daniels helped propel the United States Women’s 4x100m Relay team into 2nd place, earning a Silver Medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Daniels is... Read More.

Fall Athletic Protocols

Written by Will Cohen, Athletic Director As we begin competition for our fall sports teams at The First Academy, I would like to take a moment to thank our dedicated student-athletes, parents... Read More.

2020 – 2021 Athletic Tryout Information

August 24 Update TFA Families, Thanks for your support as we continue to get our fall sports underway in the weeks ahead. On Thursday evening, I sent you an email with details that some of our... Read More.

Lower School Tennis Camp

Brandon Anandon is a Florida native who recently relocated back to Orlando from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has been involved in the tennis and fitness industry for most of his life as either 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

$84 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
08

US Student of the Quarter Celebration

09:40 AM-10:00 AM
Field House Lobby

Dec
13

US Christmas Spirit Week

12/13 7:30 AM-12/17 4:00 PM

Dec
13

US Senior Recharge

09:40 AM-10:00 AM
Field House Lobby

Dec
13

MS Christmas Spirit Week

12/13 7:30 AM-12/17 4:00 PM

Dec
17

US End of 2nd Quarter-12:15pm Dismissal

12:15 PM-12:15 PM

Dec
17

MS End of 2nd Quarter-12:15pm Dismissal

12:15 PM-12:15 PM

Jan
03

US No School-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Jan
03

MS No School-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Jan
04

US Senior Sunrise

07:00 AM-07:30 AM
The First Academy Payne Stewart Athletic Complex, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805, USA

Jan
17

US No School-Student/Teacher Holiday

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Jan
17

MS No School-Student/Teacher Holiday

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Jan
19

US Senior Lunch

12:30 PM-01:05 PM
Language Ministry Center

Feb
07

MS National Junior Honor Society Induction

07:00 PM-07:30 PM
Henry Chapel

Feb
14

US Senior Recharge

09:40 AM-10:00 AM
Field House Lobby

Feb
15

US National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

07:00 PM-07:45 PM
Language Ministry Center

Feb
18

US No School-Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Development

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.