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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

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.

Band Performance

Growing Stronger Together in Fine Arts

Written by Gordon Snyder, Director of Fine Arts & Bands From an early age, I was drawn to the sights and sounds of the band. Hearing the blasts of the brass, the tweets of the woodwinds, and the... Read More.

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Athletics

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.

NLI Signing Ceremony

Next Wednesday, November 13, seven of The First Academy’s outstanding student-athletes will be signing their official National Letters of Intent for the 2020-2021 academic year. This will be an... Read More.

NLI Signing Day with Baseball

College Bound Athlete Recognition

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.

NLI Signing Ceremony – November 14

On Wednesday, November 14 a few of The First Academy’s own student-athletes will be signing their official National Letters of Intent for the 2019-2020 academic year. This will be an exciting time... 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

Aug
11

US First Day of School

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Aug
11

US Senior Breakfast

08:15 AM-09:00 AM
Language Ministry Center

Aug
11

MS First Day of School

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Aug
11

US Senior Retreat

8/11 7:30 AM-8/13 4:00 PM

Sep
14

MS Student Picture Day

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Sep
14

US Student Picture Day

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Sep
14

US College Application Info Night (Class of 2022)

06:30 PM-07:30 PM
Black Box Theatre

Sep
22

US See You at the Pole

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Sep
22

MS See You at the Pole

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Sep
29

US Senior Lunch

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

Oct
04

MS Student of the Quarter Celebration

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

Oct
06

US Student of the Quarter Celebration

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

Oct
08

US End of 1st Quarter-12:15pm Dismissal

12:15 PM-12:15 PM

Oct
08

MS End of 1st Quarter-12:15pm Dismissal

12:15 PM-12:15 PM

Oct
11

US No School-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Oct
11

MS No School-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

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.

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