Definitively Christ-Centered, 
Distinctly College-Prep

Niche 2022The First Academy is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory school serving over 1,200 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 Special Needs).

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.

100% of TFA Graduates Have Been Accepted to College

The First Academy boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for its graduating seniors, who have received over $70 million in scholarship offers. TFA students at every grade level consistently score well above the state and national average on standardized tests and, for nearly a decade, more than half of TFA seventh grade students have qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program for the academically Blue-Ribbon-Eagle-2013-RGBaccomplished. In 2013, The First Academy Middle School received the Department of Education’s highest honor, becoming a National Blue Ribbon School. In 2009, the Lower School received the same honor.

Students in the visual and performing arts at The First Academy have received the highest possible rankings in theater and band at the district and state level. TFA art students have received awards from such notable entities as the Winter Park Art Festival and Disney’s Festival of the Masters.

The First Academy Royals participate in over 22 interscholastic sports at the varsity, junior varsity, and middle school levels. Our students have won numerous district, regional, and state championships, and have consistently earned individual and team titles over the past two decades.

The First Academy has responded to its dramatic growth with the future in full view. The new Middle School facility opened its doors in 2014, and the state-of-the-art Cramer Family Field House opened in 2016. The Gather dining space opened its doors in 2020 and the Royal Eatery began serving students in 2021.

Our Head of School, Dr. Steve Whitaker, and our exceptionally qualified faculty and staff invite you to tour our website, 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 with extraordinary integrity, unquestionable ability, and life-long service to the global community.

Moving to Orlando? Christian families in Windermere, Winter Garden, Dr. Phillips, Orlando, College Park, Conway, Gotha, Lake Nona, and Baldwin Park have found The First Academy to be their private school of choice. Talk with Admissions to schedule a tour and see whether The First Academy is right for you!

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  • Our Mission

    The First Academy is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school whose mission is to prepare children for life as Christian leaders who choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, and participation as a way of life.

  • Plan of Salvation

    Admit: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Pray: Lord, I admit that I am a sinner in need of a Savior.

    Believe: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

    Call: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    Pray: Lord, I believe that Jesus died and shed His blood for my sins. I believe this in my heart and not just my head. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

    Pray: Lord, I call upon You to save me from my sins. I confess and repent of my sins. I know that Your Son, Jesus paid my debt on the cross—a debt I could never pay despite all my good works—and I thankfully accept Your gift of eternal life in Heaven that His death makes possible.