Parent University

How many times have you wanted a personal guide to parenting? Parent University Logo - Character - Wisdom - Service - Participation
The First Academy created Parent University to help our families navigate this journey of parenthood.

Parent University provides courses to empower and equip parents with resources to raise children as Christian leaders. We invite you to join us as we grow and learn together from special speakers and group sessions.


Course Summary

Courses cover a variety of topics and can be anywhere from one to twelve sessions. Most courses happen once or twice annually.

Age of Opportunity

Principal Jennifer Jackson
The teenage years often present difficulty for parents. As a person passes from childhood into adulthood, the transition can be tumultuous. Paul Tripp helps parents focus on the heart issues during the adolescent years. With practical tips, he equips parents with the tools they need to seize opportunities to deepen communication while learning and growing with their tweens, preteens, and teenagers. He challenges parents to look at the teen years as an “age of opportunity” rather than a survival period, which is the common mindset. This book study and discussion will help parents approach the tough situations that these years can bring with confidence and tools to use these years as growth both in their children and in their relationships.

College Prep for Parents: Equipping Your Student for University Life

Dr. Doug Hankins
We often talk about preparing students for college, but parents, what about us? How do we best prepare ourselves to equip our children for university life? Please join Dr. Doug Hankins, the First Baptist Orlando College Pastor, for this thoroughly practical and biblical course. You’ll learn from Dr. Hankins’ years of experience equipping college students in local church ministry and as a College Admissions Advisor. Dr. Hankins’ engaging style and thoughtful teaching make this workshop a must attend event – and we promise you’ll laugh along the way!

Digital Citizenship

Matt Eggert, Director of Technology & Innovation
(Heart) Empathizing with our kids who are living in “Digital Babylon”. (Help!) Why we need to be a “Tech Wise Family” and the dangers of non-compliance. (The Plan) Exploring the three part plan to success. (Growing Capacity) Upgrading from just the non-negotiable plan to a daily life of success. (Why are we fighting for our future?) – Dissecting the research done by the Barna Group about the state of our nation and “The Porn Phenomenon.” How can we solidify our families so we don’t fall prey to these behaviors.

First Things First

Pastor Victor Flores and Esther Flores
In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling the pressure to do everything right and raise up good children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas. In this 2-part workshop, Victor and Esther Flores will present Paul Tripp’s book, “Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family.” Join us to glean from the Flores’ 30+ years in student ministry and incredible experience from the bumps and bruises of raising their own three children.

International Host Family Session

Sarah Donovan, Director of Admissions
We would like to invite you to prayerfully consider becoming a host family for The First Academy’s International Program. At The First Academy, we welcome students from China to study, explore, and seek academic excellence in a Christian environment. Our goal in the Host Family Program is to offer quality accommodations in loving, Christian homes. When placing a student with a host family, we seek families who convey a spiritual balance to what often becomes a rigorous academic and social schedule. Our hope is that the strength of Christ and family will ease the transition for these students and help build many lasting relationships. To learn more, attend our session!

Planned Giving: Leaving a Gospel Generous Legacy

Mr. Charles Cramer, P.A., & Brian Rose, Assistant Head of School
Learn the most effective financial methods to leave a lasting legacy. The session will include strategic tax incentives and insights on leaving a kingdom legacy.

Raised to Release

Pastor Victor Flores & Esther Flores
When talking about his children, Jim Elliott famously said to his mother, “Remember how the Psalmist described children? He said that they were as a heritage from the Lord, and that every man should be happy who had his quiver full of them. And what is a quiver full of but arrows? And what are arrows for but to shoot?” In this 2-part workshop, Victor and Esther Flores will present their book, “Raise to Release: A Missional Mandate for Parents,” which equips parents to release their children for Kingdom impact. Join us to glean from the Flores’ 30+ years in student ministry and incredible experience from the bumps and bruises of raising their own three children.

Royal Dads

Patrick Barrett, Executive Director of Spiritual Formation
At times, the demands of fatherhood can be overwhelming. Provide for your family, open the Word with your children, pray for your children, play with your children, love your bride, lead your family, serve your family, pay your tuition and the list of good things to do quickly builds. Every year we set aside two mornings, one in the fall (October 4th) and one in the spring (April 4th), to open the Bible and invest in fathers at The First Academy. Dads, please make plans to join us for these two very special breakfast events led by pastors at First Baptist Orlando.

Royal Parent Roundtables

Dr. Shayne Grove, Assistant Head of School for Teaching & Learning
What’s the most challenging but rewarding job in the world? PARENTING! Join us for Royal Parent Round Table Conversations. Topics include social media, parenting toddlers, pre teens, & teens, putting Christ at the center of your home, etc. Let’s learn from each other!

Shepherding a Child’s Heart

Principal Jennifer Jackson
Shepherding a Child’s Heart is about how to speak to the heart of your child. The things your child does and says flow from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way: “…out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” The vision of parenting Tripp presents is more than getting well-behaved children. This vision’s primary focus is the heart of the child. It involves being a kind authority, shepherding children to understand themselves in God’s world, and keeping the gospel in clear view. Through this video series and book study, parents will learn together how this plays out in everyday parenting life.

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