State of the School

A Message From the School Board Chair

Dear TFA Family,

Though not without its challenges, the last two years have been an exceptional season for The First Academy. We have renewed our focus on our Gospel-centered mission, experienced enrollment interest, invested in our teachers, celebrated the generosity of our school families, and returned to campus in August with smiling faces.

My role as School Board Chair at TFA is to make viability-focused decisions for the next generation of students, while also providing fiduciary oversight of the school’s finances and operations. As a School Board, we focus our work in three key areas: advancing the mission, funding the vision, and securing the legacy. Part of our work in assisting to carry out the Strategic Plan and fund the vision is to work with the Leadership Team to set and approve tuition rates on a yearly basis.

2022-2023 Tuition

In the following pages, important details regard- ing tuition rates and payment schedules for 2022-2023 are outlined, along with information about the upcoming Enrollment Change Period. For the past two years, the School Board and Leadership Team made the decision to freeze tuition rates as many families were still impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we now look toward 2022-2023, we must revisit tuition rates in conjunction with the institutional stability of our great school.

Prior to the pandemic, TFA tuition rates would increase at an average of 4% per year. With two consecutive years of a tuition freeze, school budgets were carefully reviewed and adjustments were made to allow for success with reduced tuition funds. Looking forward, we are again focused on attracting and retain- ing the best teachers in Florida, as they are our Living Curriculum Influencers. Much of the tuition dollars from our families are directly funneled to our amazing teachers. Reinstating an industry-standard increase in tuition will cover what The First Academy’s Leadership Team needs to maintain a school of excellence.

Please take some time to review the information about 2022-2023 tuition and reach out to The First Academy Business Office should your family have questions about tuition or the payment schedule for next year.

Enrollment for 2022-2023 is already strong and we expect classes to fill quickly for next year. Our partnership with your family is based on trust.
Our shared mission, vision, and values call us to raise up the next generation of Christian leaders to have an impact on our world. The Enrollment Status Change Period is set for February 15 through February 25. More information and details will be sent to you as those dates near. You will find frequently asked questions, facts, and contact information should you have any questions about this process on TFA’s Website.

Strategic Planning

It has been an encouragement to watch as many of the initiatives from the “Leading the Way” Strategic Plan have been carried out to completion. The First Academy has celebrated capital project completion such as the A Campaign For All Kitchen & Eatery, the Gather Space, updates to the baseball facilities at the Payne Stewart Athletic Complex, and many more because of the investment of generous donors. Additionally, initiatives in the areas of Fine Arts, Athletics, Academics, and Spiritual Formation were successfully completed.

Please join me in praying for God’s continued guidance as we work on the next Strategic Plan. We are so thankful for the hundreds of students, teachers, and families who took part in the interview process for the new Strategic Plan. We are releasing the outline for the Strategic Plan soon and plan to share the completed plan with families by the end of this school year.

On behalf of the entire School Board, we wish your family abundant blessings in the coming year and look forward to celebrating our school’s many successes with you in the months and years to come. Please join us in praying for continued blessings for the 2022-2023 school year.

In His Service,

Mr. Clark Keator

School Board Chairman