Accelerated Pathways

Advanced and College-Level Academics at The First Academy

Upper School Accelerated Pathways

The First Academy is pleased to offer Upper School several advanced and college-level academic opportunities through our Accelerated Pathways.

Concurrent Courses

Students earn university credit while taking select TFA Upper School Courses, which is an exclusive offering.

Concurrent Courses are Upper School classes taken currently or recently completed that are comparable to a college-level course that students could take in the future. As such, if students decide to participate in the concurrent enrollment program, they have the opportunity to earn college credit now that could transfer to whatever college they attend after graduation.

The program is offered in conjunction with The College at Southeastern and Columbia International University.

The following courses are eligible in the 2022-23 school year:

TFA CoursesSoutheastern Courses
Apologetics (Dr. Toenges)W. Culture & World Religions (PHI2100)
AP US History (Ms. Damron)American History 1 & 2 (HIS 3510 & HIS 3520)
Biblical Formations & Financial Stewardship (Mr. Kavanagh)Christian Religion (REL1100)
Biblical Ethics (Mr. Kavanagh)Intro to Christian Ethics (ETH3600)
Foundations of Theology (Mr. Kavanagh)Christian Theology (THE3110)
TFA CoursesColumbia International Courses
AP English Language (Dr. Scott)Composition & Research (ENG 1110)
AP English Literature (Mrs. Penny)Literature & Research (ENG 1111)
AP Statistics (Mrs. Branz)Introduction to Statistics (MAT 2100)
AP Calculus (Mrs. Markowitz)Business Calculus (MAT 2600)
Algebra II Honors (Mrs. Branz)College Algebra (MAT 1110)

Concurrent Enrollment is not automatic. Students enrolled in the TFA courses below are notified in December/January to register for Concurrent Enrollment. This is optional and requires an application to each of the universities below:

  • Cost: $300 per course for The College at Southeastern or for Columbia International University
  • Grades: Student’s grade in the TFA course will be submitted as the university grade for the course. (There is no additional GPA weighting beyond what is listed below)
  • Credits: Upon graduating from TFA, students can have the colleges below submit an official transcript to the college they plan on attending. These credits can be transferred based on the college’s credit transfer policy on academic or elective courses.

*Please keep in mind that this is not a dual enrollment program. These courses will appear on the TFA transcript as high school-level courses.

Dual Enrollment

The First Academy students have an opportunity to get a head start on fulfilling their college credits while completing high school graduation requirements through the Dual Enrollment program.

Students at The First Academy have opportunities at the below post-secondary institutions to participate in their Dual Enrollment Programs. Please be sure to look at the application & admission process for each institution.

Please note that permission to take dual-enrollment classes is limited to classes that TFA does not offer in their current course catalog. 

*Students are not limited to just the colleges listed below.

Valencia College*9th-11th grade: min. 3.0 Unweighted GPA
12th grade: min. 3.0 Weighted GPA
Spring: TBD
University of Central Florida*9th-12th grade: min. 3.8 Recalculated Academic GPA, 1330 SAT or 28 ACTFall: May 1
Spring: Nov 1

Please feel free to let your College Advisor know if you are interested in Dual Enrolling with a college that is not listed here. 

When taking Dual Enrollment courses at The First Academy, the following requirements apply:

  • Students can be assigned a study hall to work independently on course assignments, tests, etc. Grades will be given by college professors. Students may attend physical classes at the college campus (if applicable) during the school day as the schedule allows.
  • Dual Enrollment final grades will be listed on the transcript as an alphanumeric grade and calculated into the TFA GPA with a weight factor of 1.0 (same as AP level classes). These grades will appear ONLY on the student transcript.
  • If a student withdraws from a course, that withdrawal will appear on their TFA transcript. The student must maintain a 3.0 high school GPA and a 2.0 college GPA in order to continue participation in the DE program; Academic Probation, two “W”s/withdrawals, or Academic Warning with less than a 2.0 will result in dismissal from further program participation. (May vary with colleges on GPA requirement for continued participation).
  • Students are permitted to register for up to 4 courses/13 credit hours for Fall and Spring terms; and 2 courses/7 credit hours for Summer term (may vary with colleges).
  • Courses must be creditable towards successful completion of high school graduation requirements.
  • Students will receive .5 credit towards graduation and included in their GPA calculated on their transcript unless specified on the Dual Enrollment Equivalency List by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Students may not register for remedial/developmental courses (since they do not receive college credit).
  • Students are responsible for the cost of textbooks and additional fees assessed by the college.
  • Students/Parents must have signed the Dual Enrollment Student Agreement Form.
  • TFA covers tuition for Valencia and the University of Central Florida. Students may be responsible for other additional fees beyond tuition.
  • Students may not take classes that TFA offers on campus without approval from their guidance counselor and the Upper School Principal.

Advanced Placement

TFA students enrolled in AP courses experience college-level curriculum and have the opportunity to earn college credit following an end-of-year AP exam.

For more information on the College Board’s Advanced Placement program, click here.

ScienceWorld Languages
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
AP Chinese Language
AP Latin
AP Spanish Language
EnglishFine Arts
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
AP 2D Art & Design
AP 3D Art & Design
AP Drawing
MathSocial Studies
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Statistics

AP Art History
AP Human Geography
AP Psychology
AP US Government & Politics
AP US History
AP World History: Modern