The First Academy Lower School


The First Academy’s Lower School division serves students in K4 (4 years old as of September 1st), Transitional Kindergarten (TK – 5 years old as of September 1st) and (5 years old as of September 1st) Kindergarten through sixth grade. One of the core educational beliefs of The First Academy is that all students can learn and succeed in a loving environment where expectations are high. Teachers at The First Academy understand that children are unique and do not all share the same learning style. Teachers take time to learn the unique strengths and weaknesses of every student and strive to provide a wide array of educational methods to implement instruction. The school strives to provide a consistently challenging curriculum to benefit all learners within the classroom setting. Each grade-level team works together to identify individual student needs and abilities, then develops strategies to address those needs effectively.

As a college-preparatory school, The First Academy is dedicated to the continual pursuit of academic excellence. The scope and sequence of the Lower School curriculum is based on national standards for the core academic areas, and the Florida Sunshine State Standards for the special areas including Music, Art, Physical Education, and Spanish and World Cultures.

The First Academy Lower School received the National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education in 2009 for its ‘academic excellence’.

Lower School Campus

The Lower School has experienced record-setting growth in the last five years, and celebrated its move into a new campus facility in December 2006. The new facility doubled the number of classrooms and added features like enhanced teacher and volunteer workspaces and incorporated the latest in infrastructure design to maximize support and integration of environmental, computer, communication, and safety technologies.



Lower School Contacts

Jennifer Jackson,
(407) 206-8610
Ardis Meloon,
Assistant Principal
(407) 206-8612
Tom Laegeler,
Guidance Counselor
(407) 206-8813
Kerry Ann Cole,
Administrative Assistant
(407) 206-8610

Lower School Calendar

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  • Facts at a Glance

    • 21,102

      Volunteer hours given by the Upper School Students last year.
    • 1,345

      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