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The First Academy is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory school serving over 1,300 Central Florida students across four academic divisions – Upper School (9th-12th), Middle School (6th-8th), Lower School (Preschool-5th), and the Extended Educational Programs (Homeschool, and Unique Abilities Education).

Since our opening in 1987, TFA has continued to grow the academic, fine arts, and athletic programs that have elevated its students to the highest levels of achievement. More importantly, though, as a private school, TFA has helped develop its students’ strength of character, leading these young men and women to serve others in their own community and across the globe.

The First Academy boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for its graduating seniors, who have received over $105 million in scholarship offers. TFA students at every grade level consistently score well above the state and national average on standardized tests. Our Head of School, Dr. Steve Whitaker, and our exceptionally qualified faculty and staff invite you to tour our website, and then join us in person for a visit to our campus. Once here, you will remember us for our greatest achievement – equipping young men and women to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives by developing the next generation of Christian leaders.

A Vibrant, Gospel-Centered School Culture

The items in the document linked below are designed to bolster the relationship between home, church, and school. These items do not define who is and who is not a Christ-follower. They are not a measure of one’s spiritual maturity. They are simply a set of principles that guide our partnership with parents in raising the next generation of Christian leaders and maintaining a healthy school culture marked by joy, gratitude, and kindness. When someone makes a mistake, we will not judge their relationship with Jesus. Similarly, when certain behaviors require consequences, we will not describe those administering the consequences as “unchristian” or “unkind” for following through as outlined in the school handbook and in this document. We strive to have a healthy culture where what we believe, say, and do all align. Read our full document, The Most Important Elements: Gospel-Centered School Culture.