Student life at The First Academy is a rich and vibrant experience. Whether it involves cheering at a sporting event, participating in drama after school, the occasional field trip, playing in the worship band, volunteering on a mission trip, leading house duties, going to a dance, attending a student activity, or participating in a variety of clubs, students have ample opportunity to make friends and participate in group activities beyond the classroom.
Participation is a way of life at The First Academy. Explore the options below and on the side navigation menu to see how an Upper School Student can find community and involvement.
The First Academy Royal House system is comprised of five houses, each embracing a notable Christian figure: Athanasius, Edwards, Elliot, Tozer, and Wesley. These houses establish student groups building leadership, friendships and most importantly faith.
House Deans and Mentors will invite students to honorary house positions. Learn more about the House System on the Royal House page.
Each Fall TFA has Homecoming festivities that include a parade, king and queen coronation, a Homecoming football game and tailgate, spirit week, and powder-puff football game. The week is a whirl of color and fun. Students participate in the parade, cheer on their peers in class competitions and pep rallies, as well as many more homecoming theme specific activities.
If you are an alumnus of TFA, please come and join us. Check out the school calendar to see when this year’s festivities are scheduled and plan on coming out to renew old friendships and make new ones.
The Upper School Student Leadership structure affords students various ways to focus on their skills, interests and grow as leaders on campus. The student body is led by two senior Presidents who work with more than 20 junior and senior committee leaders. The committees include:
Across the committees, more than 100 students work together planning student events like Homecoming, Dance Marathon, Chapel, Worship nights, service projects, and much more. In addition to the junior and senior committee leaders, there are 12 dedicated class Chaplains who strive to make TFA a place on fire for Jesus, planning chapels, and facilitating Bible Studies.
Early in the spring semester applications go out for the following year’s Student Leadership system. Interested students should keep an out for email notifications as well as additional announcements.
Questions about the Student Leadership program can be directed to the coordinator Ms. Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events and activities are a major part of The First Academy experience. These events give students an opportunity to learn cooperation, leadership, the value of participation, work ethic, planning and implementation, and the joy of a job well done.
“Service before self is an important element in the mission state of The First Academy.” Yearly, TFA students have the opportunity to participate in missions projects across the world. Recent trips have seen TFA students in Europe, Asia, South America and North America. We partner with First Baptist Church Student Ministries to provide students a rich missions experience.
Clubs provide an opportunity for students to pursue a common academic, social, or spiritual mission or goal in concert with or outside of the classroom. TFA offers more than 20 different clubs in which students can participate.
Each year seniors begin the school year with a several-day retreat with the Headmaster and Upper School Principal. This retreat is designed to strengthen the bonds of friendship within the class and focus them on their last year of secondary education. One of our goals is to begin to prepare students for college in earnest. This retreat allows the seniors to set the tone for their class and, in leading by example, for the school. It is a great time of renewal, focus, and fellowship for our seniors.
Each spring our Fine Arts Department selects and presents a musical for the enjoyment of the TFA family and the community. This production involves student musicians, singers, dancers, actors and technicians. It is a great venue for students to ply what they have learned during the year. It is also a great venue to allow students to learn from performing before an audience.
Past shows have included The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma! and many, many more. Check out the school calendar to see what’s in store for this spring production.
This yearly trip is available to seniors and represents the final class trip of their secondary educational experience. For the last several years the destination has been Breckenridge, Colorado, which represents a radically different atmosphere for the Florida student. While the focus is on fun, year in and year out, this trip pulls students out of their comfort zone and, for many, provides an opportunity to accomplish things they never possible. It is a confidence-builder as seniors look ahead to the remaining few weeks before graduation and then to college beyond.
This school wide competition national competition allows students to perform poetry before the school. Students select works from existing poets and then recite them before their English classes. Winners from the class level move on to perform their selected poem before the school. Students are adjudicated at this level and winners go on to perform at regional and then state levels. This relatively new competition has greatly raised the awareness of the art of poetry in our school and is a terrific way for students to involve themselves in the literary arts. Finalists can submit their poems for review online.
Weekly, TFA students have the opportunity to participate in worship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Students plan and implement this worship experience for all Upper School experiences. We are fortunate to be able to meet in the Student Center of First Baptist Church, Orlando. Speakers from both without and within grace the stage at TFA and a Worship Band comprised of students provide the music for the worship experience.
Some years ago The First Academy originated the James Madison Constitutional Scholars Competition. Today, it exists as the Humanities Scholar Bowl Competition. This yearlong scholastic event for TFA Upper School students allows the chance to compete for multi-thousand dollar college scholarships and cash prizes as well as personal recognition. The competition culminates with a final game show style event in April.
Due to the generous support of Mr. Walt Meloon and other contributors, The First Academy has had 13 students awarded a total of $33,000.00 since the program’s inception.
In February 2019, TFA held its inaugural Dance Marathon event aka Royal-Thon. Initiated by
students on campus, TFA partnered with UCF’s Knight-Thon to raise $25,000 for Children’s Miracle Network and Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital.
Under the leadership of the Royal Organizations committee, student members of TFA’s Dance Marathon committee work yearlong planning Royal-Thon. See the Royal-Thon details of next year’s event and how you can get involved.