The First Hope offers programs for students with special needs from Age 3 through Grade 12, read on to learn about the various programs.

Inclusion Program

K-12th Grade

Our Inclusion Program offers an opportunity for students to participate and learn with typical peers every Tuesday and Thursday. The student to teacher ratio for this program is 2:1. The goal for our students is independence as well as having our students make measured data driven progress. This program includes the option of a standard diploma or special diploma. All students will participate and walk in The First Academy Graduation Ceremony during their graduating year. We do accept the McKay Scholarship.We are a provider of the Gardiner Scholarship and you can apply for reimbursement tuition.

Transitions+ Program

Primary, Intermediate and Secondary: K-12

Our Transitions+ program gives students an opportunity to learn about and participate in skills such as social skills, job training, self care, and general life preparedness skills. Students will also follow a Math and Reading curriculum. This model does not include weekly inclusion. Group events like field day, chapel, etc., are opportunities for peer interaction. This program includes two special diploma options. It does not include a standard diploma. Our goal is for each student to be self sufficient, by teaching the skills they need to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. The student to teacher ratio is 4:1 for Transitions+ Intermediate and Secondary. For Transitions+ Primary the ratio is 2:1. All students will participate and walk in The First Academy Graduation Ceremony for their graduating year. We do accept the McKay Scholarship and we are a provider of the Gardiner Scholarship; you can apply for reimbursement of tuition. If requested, Occupational and Speech Therapy are offered at additional cost.

Early Learning Program

3-4 Years Old

The First Hope’s Early learning Program serves three and four year old students with special needs. There are Part-time and Full-time options. The teacher to student ratio is 1:2 with a teacher and a paraprofessional in every classroom. Speech and occupational therapies are included in the program. We are a provider of the Gardiner Scholarship and can apply for reimbursement of tuition.

Home Program

K-12th Grade

The First Hope Home Program serves students remotely with a la carte services. This program is for families who wish to homeschool their special needs child with the support of a special needs program.
The core program includes:

Additional add-ons include:

Social Skills After School

This program is offered 1 time a week and is offered for each semester. Students are invited to this program and we work on increasing more appropriate social skills in our community. Sign up is on The First Hope’s Resources page.

Afterschool Sports Program

This is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Sign up is on The First Hope’s Resources page.

  • 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