Middle & Upper School Summer Programs

Join in hands-on learning and academic growth opportunities this summer.

Course descriptions are listed below in order of summer camp date.

Middle School Programs

Tennis

  • Week: June 13
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: This camp will focus on learning and improving the fundamentals of tennis including groundstrokes, volleys, serves, footwork, scoring, and match play. Each day will include individual instruction, group drills, fun games, and team and individual competitions. Players will need to wear athletic tennis shoes and bring water and a racket daily.
  • Instructor: Hank Hill, Key Tennis
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

Lacrosse

  • Week: June 20
  • Times: 8:30-11:30am
  • Description: Come learn to play the fastest game on 2 feet! Improve your lacrosse game whether you’re an experienced player or a beginner.
  • Instructor: Reed Reynolds
  • Grades: Rising 5th-9th grade

Multi Sport

  • Week: June 27
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: Can’t decide on which sport is your favorite? Come try them all! This week is especially for those who enjoy all types of sports, or those who want to explore a new sport without the full week commitment.
  • Instructor:Kyle Jackson
  • Grades: Rising 5th-8th grade

EcoAdventures - Exploring the Natural World

  • Week: July 5-8
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: Experiments, investigation, exploration, oh my! Come unlock a world of mystery that God created. Every day we will focus on a different theme: Weather, Insects & Plants, Water, and Energy. This fun, interactive camp takes a hands-on approach to understanding our amazing natural world.
  • Instructor: Paula Diehl
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

Film Studies

  • Week: July 11
  • Times: 12:30-3:30pm
  • Description: Join us to watch and talk about movies like never before! You’ll learn to discuss character and plot development, actor performance, and identify underlying themes like creativity, resiliency, hope, integrity, and faith. Together we’ll discover how many movies actually follow the model of Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, as well as discuss how filmmakers use Scripture (either intentionally or unintentionally) to address various topics within the stories they share.
  • Instructor: Kristin Tyler
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

Golf

  • Week: July 11
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: TGA Premier Golf Camp combines athletic skill development activities, academic lessons related to sports, and life lessons in perseverance, sportsmanship, and leadership. Our dedicated coaching sta­ff help campers advance their skills, knowledge, and passion for golf while they build friendships and life-long memories. All equipment provided.
  • Instructor: TGA Premier Sports
  • Grades: Rising 6th-8th grade

Storytelling through Comics

  • Week: July 11
  • Times: 8:30-11:30am
  • Description: Do you have an awesome idea for a story that you’ve been wanting to write for a while? Come learn about the art of storytelling through comics: creating emotional connections using metaphors, and how you can describe these feelings through art. You’ll brainstorm ideas, pulling from your own life experiences and imagination, learn to move a storyline through text, action and character, and give feedback on the stories in the group. *iPad or laptop recommended, but not required
  • Instructor: Kristin Tyler
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

Art

  • Week: July 18th-21st
  • Times: 12:30-3:30pm
  • Description: Watercolors, pastels, origami, collage, printmaking, and more! Spend a few afternoons exploring different artistic mediums and creating meaningful artworks. You’ll have a gallery worth of artwork to take home after this week, so bring some inspiration and get ready to be creative!
  • Instructor: Kristin Tyler
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

Digital Photography

  • Week: July 18th- 21st
  • Times: 8:30-11:30am
  • Description: Calling all aspiring photographers! You will spend four days immersing yourself in the art of photography: how to use photography to tell stories, explore the world around you, and develop connections with others. You’ll learn the ins and outs of a digital camera, some basic editing skills, the different types of photography you can explore, and create interesting, artistic images you’ll be proud to take home and share with your family and friends!
    *Digital (DSLR) cameras are preferred, but a recent model smartphone will work too!
  • Instructor: Kristin Tyler
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

FLIK Cooking Class

  • Week: July 18
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: Come join us in the TFA Royal Eatery: learn to make some fun and tasty dishes while practicing basic cooking and baking skills. Long hair must be restrained, closed-toed shoes required and no excessive jewelry worn.
  • Instructor: Flik
  • Grades: Rising 6th-12th grade

Math Boot Camp

  • Week: July 25
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: Don’t start the new year off rusty on your math skills! This course will focus on strengthening the content knowledge that students need to be successful in middle school math—fundamentals review, Big 30 concepts, an introduction to solving equations, etc. This course is intended for students enrolled in Math 1, Math 2, or pre-algebra next year.
  • Instructor: Michael Weeldryer
  • Grades: Rising 6th-8th grade

MS Football

  • Week: July 27th-30th
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: Football camp will focus on the fundamentals of the game. These fundamentals include proper footwork, catching skills, throwing skills, blocking skills, tackling skills, and sportsmanship. Each day will include individual instruction and sportsmanship training, along with team and individual competition. There will be a daily spiritual emphasis. Players will need to wear cleats, shorts, and an athletic shirt each day.
  • Instructor: Leroy Kinard
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

MS Volleyball

  • Dates: Wednesday, July 27 – Saturday, July 30th
  • Times: 10am to 1pm Wed-Fri, 9am to 12pm Saturday
  • Description: MS Volleyball camp will focus on learning the “TFA Way” of playing volleyball. Strong fundamentals will be the focus of this camp including serving, passing, setting, and hitting. There will be daily competitions with a focus on learning the basics of team play and communication. Players will need court shoes, knee pads recommended. All participants will receive a TFA Volleyball camp shirt.
  • Instructor: Joe Casalese
  • Grades: Rising 6th-8th grade

Upper School Programs

Tennis

  • Week: June 13
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: This camp will focus on learning and improving the fundamentals of tennis including groundstrokes, volleys, serves, footwork, scoring, and match play. Each day will include individual instruction, group drills, fun games, and team and individual competitions. Players will need to wear athletic tennis shoes and bring water and a racket daily.
  • Instructor: Hank Hill, Key Tennis
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

FLIK Cooking Class

  • Week: June 20
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: Come join us in the TFA Royal Eatery: learn to make some fun and tasty dishes while practicing basic cooking and baking skills. Long hair must be restrained, closed-toed shoes required and no excessive jewelry worn.
  • Instructor: Flik
  • Grades: Rising 6th-12th grade

Lacrosse

  • Week: June 20
  • Times: 8:30-11:30am
  • Description: Come learn to play the fastest game on 2 feet! Improve your lacrosse game whether you’re an experienced player or a beginner.
  • Instructor: Reed Reynolds
  • Grades: Rising 5th-9th grade

Film Studies

  • Week: July 11
  • Times: 12:30-3:30pm
  • Description: Join us to watch and talk about movies like never before! You’ll learn to discuss character and plot development, actor performance, and identify underlying themes like creativity, resiliency, hope, integrity, and faith. Together we’ll discover how many movies actually follow the model of Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, as well as discuss how filmmakers use Scripture (either intentionally or unintentionally) to address various topics within the stories they share.
  • Instructor: Kristin Tyler
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

Storytelling through Comics

  • Week: July 11
  • Times: 8:30-11:30am
  • Description: Do you have an awesome idea for a story that you’ve been wanting to write for a while? Come learn about the art of storytelling through comics: creating emotional connections using metaphors, and how you can describe these feelings through art. You’ll brainstorm ideas, pulling from your own life experiences and imagination, learn to move a storyline through text, action and character, and give feedback on the stories in the group. *iPad or laptop recommended, but not required
  • Instructor: Kristin Tyler
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

Art

  • Week: July 18th-21st
  • Times: 12:30-3:30pm
  • Description: Watercolors, pastels, origami, collage, printmaking, and more! Spend a few afternoons exploring different artistic mediums and creating meaningful artworks. You’ll have a gallery worth of artwork to take home after this week, so bring some inspiration and get ready to be creative!
  • Instructor: Kristin Tyler
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

Digital Photography

  • Week: July 18th-21st
  • Times: 8:30-11:30am
  • Description: Calling all aspiring photographers! You will spend four days immersing yourself in the art of photography: how to use photography to tell stories, explore the world around you, and develop connections with others. You’ll learn the ins and outs of a digital camera, some basic editing skills, the different types of photography you can explore, and create interesting, artistic images you’ll be proud to take home and share with your family and friends!
    *Digital (DSLR) cameras are preferred, but a recent model smartphone will work too!
  • Instructor: Kristin Tyler
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

FLIK Cooking Class

  • Week: July 18
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: Come join us in the TFA Royal Eatery: learn to make some fun and tasty dishes while practicing basic cooking and baking skills. Long hair must be restrained, closed-toed shoes required and no excessive jewelry worn.
  • Instructor: Flik
  • Grades: Rising 6th-12th grade

MS Football

  • Week: July 27th-30th
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Description: Football camp will focus on the fundamentals of the game. These fundamentals include proper footwork, catching skills, throwing skills, blocking skills, tackling skills, and sportsmanship. Each day will include individual instruction and sportsmanship training, along with team and individual competition. There will be a daily spiritual emphasis. Players will need to wear cleats, shorts, and an athletic shirt each day.
  • Instructor: Leroy Kinard
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

US Football

  • Week: July 25
  • Times: 11am-1pm
  • Description: Football camp will focus on the fundamentals of the game. These fundamentals include proper footwork, catching skills, throwing skills, blocking skills, tackling skills, and sportsmanship. Each day will include individual instruction and sportsmanship training, along with team and individual competition. There will be a daily spiritual emphasis. Players will need to wear cleats, shorts, and an athletic shirt each day.
  • Instructor: Leroy Kinard
  • Grades: Rising 9-12th grade

US Volleyball

  • Dates: Wednesday, July 27 – Saturday, July 30th
  • Times: 2pm to 5pm Wed-Fri, 1pm to 4pm Saturday
  • Description: US Volleyball camp will focus on learning the “TFA Way” of playing volleyball. Strong fundamentals will be the focus of this camp including serving, passing, setting, and hitting. There will be daily competitions with a focus on learning the basics of team play and communication. Players will need court shoes, knee pads recommended. All participants will receive a TFA Volleyball camp shirt.
  • Instructor: Joe Casalese
  • Grades: Rising 9th-12th grade

Upper School Courses

Foundations of Theology

  • Dates: June 6-9 & June 13-16 (Monday-Thursday each week)
  • Times: 9am-3pm
  • Description: This class takes a look at the Biblical Doctrines exploring each. The course is an introduction to the foundations of Christian theology, including a study of the doctrines of revelation, Scripture, and God. Also included in this semester is the study of the doctrines of humanity and sin. The nature of theology, its methods and claims are discussed. It is a comprehensive study of the major doctrines of the Christian faith from the point of view of those who are within the Christian church.
  • Instructor: Dr. Toenges
  • Grades: Rising 10th-12th grade
  • Credit: .5 Bible Graduation Requirement
  • Prerequisite: Completed Spiritual Formations course
  • Cost: $500

College Application Camp

  • Dates & Times:
    • Monday, August 1 9 am-2 pm
    • Tuesday, August 2 9 am- 2 pm
    • Saturday, August 6 9 am- 2 pm
    • Tuesday, August 16 3 pm- 6 pm
    • Tuesday, August 23 3 pm- 6 pm
    • Note: Students must attend at least 3 sessions.
  • Description: Get a jump start on the college application process this summer! We will be focusing on:
    • The Dos and Don’ts of writing college essays
    • Common Application and Institutional Applications
    • Using SCOIR to your advantage
    • Navigating the college application process
    • College advisors will be leading these sessions and available to students to assist with college applications, essays and any other college application question
  • Instructor: TFA College Advisors
  • Grades: Rising 12th grade only

  • Facts at a Glance

    • 21,102

      Volunteer hours given by the Upper School Students last year.
    • 1,460

      Alumni since 1986.
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    • Florida Council of Independent Schools
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    • Southern Association of Independent Schools
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