Welcome to The Classical School
The Classical School is a division of The First Academy, a well-respected conventional Christian school that has been serving Orlando since 1987.
The Classical School, founded in 2000, is a program designed for home school families and offers classes from kindergarten through grade 12. It offers academic classes that center on critical thinking skills within a Christian context. Athletic opportunities are available in most sports through The First Academy’s Athletics Department.
The Classical School offers two different programs:
- The Hybrid program is designed for students (K-12th Grade) to receive instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays in a traditional classroom setting. The instruction is parent-led the other three days with content provided by The Classical School. The Classical School students receive standardized testing, and the ability to participate in selected TFA sports and activities.
- The Traditional program is for the families (K-8th Grade) who wish to homeschool their student without receiving instruction from The Classical School. The Classical School provides academic counseling, standardized testing, and acts as your legal academic covering. Parents will provide a portfolio of the student’s work, twice a year, which will include monthly records. Traditional program students are required to participate in standardized testing at TCS during the spring.
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The Classical School is dedicated to the continual pursuit of academic excellence. The curriculum at TCS is designed to develop students, both academically and spiritually, training students to think critically, and teaching them to speak and write persuasively.
Our teachers partner with parents in education of students for Kingdom service and ministry. Our goal is to equip students for a lifetime of serving. We take this goal very seriously and are proud to serve as educators of students who are changing the world. Our Living Curriculum teachers emphasize relevance, rigor, and relationship in the learning process. TCS strives to shape life-long learners who seek wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, character before career and participation as a way of life.
The Classical School Hybrid program students are in traditional grade level classrooms on Tuesdays and Thursday. They focus on core subject areas such as math, language arts, science, social studies, and Bible. Students attend special area classes such as art and physical education. Middle School and High School students rotate through academic classes of math, history, science, English, and Bible. Each Fall, students in grades 8th-11th participate in PSAT testing. Each spring, students in grades K-8 participate in standardized testing.
The ideal student for TCS is one that is heavily involved in their community outside of the traditional classroom. We encourage our students to step outside of the classroom to experience learning in a meaningful and relevant way. This may look like going to the ocean as a follow up to a Marine Biology lesson, dual enrollment, pursuing a passion, or doing an internship in their field of interest.
TCS’s model offers the luxury of time with your student. It provides you the opportunity to create an individualized schedule on your home days.
Upon graduating from TCS, students are afforded the opportunity to attend the college of their choosing. TCS alumni are attending University of Florida, Samford University, University of Michigan, Belmont University, just to name a few.
Students at The Classical School have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, from league play and clinics to student dances, at various age levels. For exact options available, please review The Classical School Participation Policy outlining eligible activities.
Arts and Sciences
The Academies offer students the chance to enroll in a variety of the arts and science courses. Courses vary each semester but have typically included Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Theatre Production, Acting, Guitar, Orchestral Strings, Ceramics, Chess, Lego Robotics, and much more. Registration opens around the second week of the semester, be sure to register early as classes are limited.
Students interested in Athletic Opportunities should visit the Upper, Middle and Lower School Athletic pages for exact details. The Lower School traditionally offers camps and clinics, as well as a few teams, to build skills necessary to play on the Middle School Teams. The Middle School offers a variety of competitive teams and acts as an essential training platform for the Varsity Sports programs. The Upper School Varsity sports include Football, Volleyball, Swimming & Diving, Cross Country, Golf, Cheerleading, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track & Field, and Weightlifting.
- Go to Lower School Sports
- Go to Middle School Sports
- Go to Upper School Sports
The Classical School offers a variety of semesterly family field trips throughout the year. Take a moment to review the available trips. Click here for information on our 2022-2023 Field Trips.