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 2-year-olds (as of September 1st) and 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. Handwriting Without Tears, a Florida State approved program, 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 the “Wee Learn” curriculum, The Preschooler’s Bible, and The Children’s Bible.

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. Download the Preschool Overview for 2020-2021 tuition details. The following applies to the 2020-2021 school year:

Two & Three Year Olds

3-Day Program Options:

  • Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
  • Monthly Tuition: $497.50

5-Day Program Options:

  • Days: Mondays – Fridays
  • Monthly Tuition: $713.50

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: $120 for 3-Day, $155 for 5-Day
  • 7:30-9:00am AND 3:00-5:00pm: $175 for 3-Day, $315 for 5-Day


For more information inquire today or to schedule a tour of our Preschool classes, please call (407) 206-8602 or email admissions@thefirstacademy.org. We look forward to meeting you!

  • 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