Welcome to The First Hope

Anchoring at The First Hope of The First Academy

A Christian alternative to special needs education.

Our vision is to create a Christ-centered environment of learning and development for special needs children. The First Hope offers a unique approach to teaching students with disabilities both cognitively and spiritually. Classes provide a 1 on 1 student to teacher ratio and support the efforts of every student reaching their highest potential.

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Five Exclusive Program Offerings

General Inclusion Program

The General Inclusion Program partners with The Classical School to provide an opportunity for students to mainstream with typical peers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students work on grade level instruction while receiving accommodations and/or modifications individually tailored to meet their needs.

Inclusion Essential Program

The Inclusion Essential Program provides research-based instruction for students who are more than one grade level behind in core content areas. Students enrolled in this program will join The Classical School students during lunch, art, chapel, recess and physical education. The purpose of this program is to provide a comprehensive balance of academic intervention and inclusive opportunities.

Transitions + Program

The Transitions + Program gives students an opportunity to focus on developing academic skills in core content areas, as well as improve life skills, social skills, and levels of independence.

Early Learning Program

The Early Learning Program is designed for our youngest learners ages three and four. Students will learn foundational skills primarily through play along with speech and occupational therapies and ABA principles.

Home Program

The Home Program serves families remotely and offers the flexibility of learning from home, along with the added support of a special needs program. The Home Program offers supplemental opportunities for both social and academic tailored to specific needs of each student.

Highlights of The First Hope

  • Occupational & Speech Therapist
  • Behavior Specialist on Staff
  • Art Enrichment Class
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Christian Education
  • Student Accommodation Plans
  • Culinary Class
  • Job Skills Training
  • Research Based Curriculum
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Two Fully Equipped Sensory Rooms
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Individualized Growth Plans
  • Equine Angels Horse Therapy
  • The First Hope Garden
  • Social Skills Training

The First Hope Contacts

Tonya Roskaft
Tonya Roskaft
Director
(407) 206-8801
Program Support Coordinator
Kelly Rapp
Program Coordinator
(407) 206-8801
Dawn Romero - The First Hope Receptionist
Dawn Romero
Program Assistant
(407) 206-8801
TEEP Administrator
Joe Fana,
TEEP Administrator
(407) 206-8762

The First Hope Calendar

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  • Facts at a Glance

    • 21,102

      Volunteer hours given by the Upper School Students last year.
    • 1,460

      Alumni since 1986.
  • The First Academy is Accredited by:

    • Florida Council of Independent Schools
    • Florida Kindergarten Council
    • Southern Association of Independent Schools
    • AdvancEd Southern Association of Colleges & Schools
    • Council on Educational Standards & Accountability
    • Association of Christian Schools International
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