At The First Academy, the role of the School Board is to make viability-focused decisions for the next generation of students. We focus our work to three areas: advancing the mission, funding the vision, and securing the legacy. Allow us to take a moment to update you on these areas.

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At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, we launched the updated Strategic Plan, Leading the Way, Finishing the Task. Outlined in the document are highlights and a progress report for 2003-2016 as well as plans for finishing the task by 2020.


The First Academy’s operating budget is funded through tuition, while our capital projects are supported through generous donors. Our most recent capital campaign funded the state of the art Field House. Additionally, the School Board approves our annual budget, and sets tuition rates for the upcoming year. We are pleased to report that the tuition increase for 2017-2018 is set at a very modest level. With careful attention to costs,  primary budget drivers are:

    1. Faculty Salaries and Benefits: We are thankful to report we are at ~103% of Orange County Public Schools’ starting teacher salary scale. In order to have a strong health care and benefits package for our teachers, we are facing a significant increase in premiums.
    2. Campus Security: Our security investment has increased by 70%. We now have a police officer on campus during school hours each day of the week, in addition to security cameras, fences, and gates, alongside rigorous planning and procedures.
    3. Technology: Our technology costs have increased by an average of 56% in the last few years. We remain committed to resourcing both our faculty and students with the necessary tools to facilitate an optimal learning environment.


We now turn to the privilege of re-enrolling your children at The First Academy for another year. With the increased interest we have seen from prospective families, we expect classes to fill quickly. Please re-enroll during the time set aside for returning families so that your family’s place at The First Academy is secure for the 2017-2018 school year. Re-enrollment for all current students begins the second week back from Christmas Break.

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 spreading the word about the opportunity to enroll for the upcoming school year. Admissions Open House events will be held on Sundays in January, February, November and December. We will be there and we invite you and your friends to join us.

The School Board Officers
Scott Boyd • Charles Cramer, Jr. • Verne Bragg • Tracy Schmidt