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 small student to teacher ratio in order to promote student achievement.

Three Exclusive Program Offerings

The First Hope Students

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.

Highlights of The First Hope

  • Occupational & Speech Therapist
  • Art Enrichment Class
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Christian Education
  • Student Academic Plans
  • Culinary Class
  • Job Skills Training
  • Research-Based Curriculum
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Individualized Growth Plans
  • Equine Angels Horse Therapy
  • The First Hope Garden
  • Social Skills Training


The First Hope Contacts

Angel Alexander
Angel Alexander
Director of The First Hope
(407) 206-8801
Bethany Heinlein - The First Hope Program Coordinator
Bethany Heinlein
Program Coordinator
(407) 206-8801

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