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The First Academy Upper School

The First Academy Upper School, grades 9-12, is comprised of 475+ students split between five houses and a faculty of forty certified, degreed professionals. In January 2009, a new Upper School Building opened its doors to students. This world-class facility has enhanced our academic rigor and enriched our diverse extra-curricular programming.

The building includes four science labs, a media production center, computer lab, and spacious art facilities. Each classroom has video projection capabilities designed to support an individual teacher’s instructional style.

House Crest LogoWhile we are very proud of this structure, we are more excited about the professional faculty and staff who have chosen to make The First Academy their career home. Teaching and the educational milieu is our top priority, and has become the basis of a strong and rigorous academic program. To achieve this type of atmosphere, we strive to hire teachers who meet simple criteria: mastery in their subject area, an affinity for the Upper School learner, strong teaching skills, and a love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In meeting these criteria, our faculty is our Living Curriculum. As teachers, we partner with parents in the education of students for Kingdom service and ministry. Our goal is to equip students for a lifetime of serving, and we believe that God calls people to be doctors, lawyers, scientists, business owners, and scores of other professionals for the sake of the Gospel of Christ. We take this goal very seriously and are proud to serve as educators of students who are changing the world.

The First Academy’s Upper School is recognized by Apple as a distinguished program for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.

Looking for College Advising? Visit the Guidance page for more information.

Upper School Contacts

Dr. Shayne Grove,
(407) 206-8659
Assistant Principal
Kacey Chambers,
Assistant Principal
(407) 206-8632
US Receptionist
Mary Gooseman,
Administrative Assist.
(407) 206-8659
Angela Adams,
Events Coordinator
(407) 206-8662

Summer Assignment Note: All students have one or more summer assignments. If you are completing an AP assignment in any subject, you are exempt from completing your English Honors or CP assignment.


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  • 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
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