Lower School Preschool
At The First Academy Preschool, we believe in developing the whole child not only through a set curriculum but also through a “play-based” approach. The overarching goal in creating the Preschool division is to provide early childhood education for students who will grow to attend the K-Prep program and ultimately graduate from The First Academy. Preschool classes for 3-year-olds (as of September 1st) are located and under the leadership of Lower School Principal Jennifer Jackson.
Our classrooms are set up with table instruction and centers which reinforce the weekly theme and small group fine motor or letter of week activity. Frog Street, a research-based early childhood curriculum, sets the goals for the language, literacy, handwriting, reading and math components of our curriculum. We also incorporate science, which includes sensory and discovery experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Our spiritual curriculum is based on Abeka’s Preschool Bible Curriculum and includes bible stories, songs, and verses from both the Old and New Testament.
The social and emotional component of our curriculum is Dr. Becky Bailey’s “Conscious Discipline.” Conscious Discipline, a brain-based approach, helps a child grow daily in an environment that ensures they feel safe and loved. With these goals met, a child is able to reach an executive, cooperative state-the most effective way children learn. We provide several opportunities throughout our children’s day to connect with them one-on-one. This helps to validate how important each child is to us.
It is our desire for our children to see our school as a “school family.” We work daily to ensure the children and their families feel this connection. It is a priority to us that we provide opportunities for our families to come together to grow relationships and build academic resources for at-home connections.
Program Offerings & Tuition
The core program runs from 9:00am-3:00pm, with wrap-around care from 7:30am-5:00pm allowing for early morning drop-off and late-afternoon pick-up similar to Lower School. The daily offerings are 5-day (Monday-Friday) and 3-day (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).
Tuition is calculated on an annual TFA school year but is divided into 10 equal monthly installments, regardless of absences or holidays. The following applies to the 2022-2023 school year:
- Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
- Monthly Tuition: $547
- Annual Tuition: $5,470
- Days: Mondays – Fridays
- Monthly Tuition: $785
- Annual Tuition: $7,850
Wrap Around Care Options
Our program hours are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, if you need wrap around care before or after, please see the associated pricing structure below.
- 7:30-9:00am OR 3:00-5:00pm: $140 for 3-Day, or $204 for 5-Day
- 7:30-9:00am AND 3:00-5:00pm: $205 for 3-Day, or $340 for 5-Day
Tuition is based on an annual school year, but it is divided into 10 equal monthly installments, regardless of absences or holidays.
Discounts are offered for employees of TFA and FBCO.
Additional fees include one-time application fee ($155), enrollment fee ($125), activity fee and FACTS Payment Plan fee.
Preschool International student families are required to pay a $500 International Student Program Fee for 3-year-old students. The international fee increases to $3,750 if the Preschool student applies and enrolls in TFA’s K-Prep 4 Program. Tuition and fees are due up front and in full upon enrollment for students in Preschool through 12th grade.