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 2021-22 school year:

TFA Courses

Apologetics (Dr. Toenges)

AP US History (Ms. Damron)

Biblical Formations & Financial Stewardship (Mr. Kavanagh)

Biblical Ethics (Mr. Kavanagh)

Foundations of Theology (Mr. Kavanagh)

Southeastern Courses

W. Culture & World Religions (PHI2100)

American History 1 & 2 (HIS 3510 & HIS 3520)

Christian Religion (REL1100)

Intro to Christian Ethics (ETH3600)

Christian Theology (THE3110)

TFA Courses

AP Statistics (Ms. de la Fe)

AP Calculus (Mrs. Markowiz)

Algebra II Honors (Mrs. Branz)

Columbia International Courses

Introduction to Statistics (MAT 2100)

Business Calculus (MAT 2600)

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: $250 per course for The College at Southeastern and $300 per course 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.

*Students are not limited to just the colleges listed below. However, TFA will cover the tuition at the colleges listed below.

College Requirements Deadline
Valencia College* 9th-11th grade: min. 3.0 Unweighted GPA

12th grade: min. 3.0 Weighted GPA

Fall: April 1

Spring: Oct 8

University of Central Florida* 9th-12th grade: min. 3.8 Recalculated Academic GPA

1330 SAT or 28 ACT

Fall: 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 will report to the library and will 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.

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.


  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics


  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition


  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Statistics

World Languages

  • AP Chinese Language
  • AP Latin
  • AP Spanish Language

Fine Arts

  • AP 2D Art & Design
  • AP 3D Art & Design
  • AP Drawing

Social Studies

  • AP Art History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Psychology
  • AP US Government & Politics
  • AP US History
  • AP World History
  • 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