We take a personalized, interdisciplinary approach to education, incorporating a biblical worldview and positive character development into everything we do.
You want your child to always be prepared for the next step — from kindergarten readiness to navigating middle school as a self-assured pre-teen to a high school graduate who already has a few college credits under their belt. No matter where they are, you want them to be confident and capable.
As a college preparatory school, The First Academy equips students by instilling a love of learning, a solid spiritual foundation, a support network of mentors and peers, and the opportunity to discover and nurture their gifts and talents.
Hands-on learning happens at all grade levels, and creative problem-solving and critical thinking take place both inside and outside the classroom. Our curriculum is enriched through fine arts where students can express themselves through creative mediums. The result is a well-rounded student who is prepared for the rigor of college academia, the determined pursuit of interests and passions, and a dedication to lifelong learning.
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(Kindergarten Prep – 5th)
Lower School is where a strong foundation of core subject areas is established, which includes the Bible and an introduction to the Fine Arts and Athletics. Through small class sizes, little learners receive differentiated instruction, allowing them to move at their own pace. Classrooms are nurturing environments with collaborative learning, movement, and exploration. Central Florida families voted TFA as the Best Private Christian Elementary School in Playground Magazine, again!
(6th – 8th)
Middle School is when students start taking more ownership of their academic success. They’re challenged by more rigorous coursework while becoming more active in the campus community. They’re learning how to better manage their time and schedules, and getting a firm grasp on how they learn best. In addition to studying core subject areas and electives, Middle School students are also playing on sports teams and participating in a variety of activities and clubs.
(9th – 12th)
Upper School students are challenged to grow through a rigorous curriculum that ensures they’re more than prepared for college. Our Accelerated Pathways program offers concurrent courses where students can earn college credit in their high school classroom, AP courses across subject areas, and dual enrollment courses so students can get a jump start on college credits. The College Guidance Office helps coordinate standardized testing, college searches and visits, grade level course schedule, and individual college-prep meetings with students and parents. The First Academy’s Upper School was recognized as Orange County’s #1 Christian High School by Niche.com.
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WHY FAMILIES CHOOSE THE FIRST ACADEMY
Individually Known, Loved, and Valued
Small class sizes combined with committed teachers who are passionate about student success means each child at TFA is individually known, loved, and valued. Gifts and talents are identified and nurtured. Personalized attention is the norm, not the exception.
Peek inside our classrooms, labs, and fine arts spaces, and you’ll see students who are engaged and excited to be active participants in their education. Content comes to life as our dedicated teachers tap into their students’ innate curiosity, creativity, and desire to problem solve.
Student needs are as unique as the students themselves, which is why our small class sizes allow for individualized attention. Enrichment classes are available for students in grades 1-5 who have been identified as academically talented or gifted, and for Upper School students, our Accelerated Pathways offers dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and concurrent course opportunities.
Students learn best by doing, which is why we incorporate experiential learning into the curriculum, from preschool to senior year. Lower School’s Full STEAM Ahead Fridays takes an interdisciplinary approach to hands-on creation. Our aquaponics facility is an interactive experience for learning about biology, chemistry, marine biology, and sustainability. Mission work and field trips allow for immersion and engagement.
Spiritual Growth and Emotional Wellness
A well-rounded student is one who is supported in mind, body, and spirit. Chapel, Bible study, and a Christ-centered curriculum, culture, and community give TFA students a healthy foundation for college, career, and life. Guidance counselors on staff support students throughout their years here and an emphasis on service before self means students are prepared for servant leadership.
At The First Academy, we look at education as more than just exceptional academics. We educate the whole child through biblical integration, social/emotional learning, experiential learning, mentorship, individualized attention, differentiated instruction, leadership and service opportunities, and competitive athletics. We see and care for each student as an individual with unlimited potential, and we educate them academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally so that they are equipped to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.
We are really blessed to be part of the TFA family. We are at peace knowing that he is in a safe environment, with people who encourage and truly love him. Our son is challenged academically, has made wonderful friends with students and teachers, and feels so incredibly proud of himself. It takes a village to raise a child.
– SANDRA-JADE VASQUEZ – TFA PARENT