Learn more about The First Academy

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

The First Academy is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory school seeking to partner with Christian families whose students are typically working in the above-average academic range in the classroom and on standardized tests. Other factors that are considered are church involvement, family statement of faith, teacher and pastor recommendations, academic track record, their personal behavior, and input from parents and students at the family conference.

How long has The First Academy been a part of the Central Florida community?

The First Academy was founded in 1986. Starting with grades K-6, the school added a grade level each year until our first senior class graduated in 1994. In each of the classes graduating since that time, every graduating senior has been accepted to college.

Is the school accredited?

The First Academy is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA).

How many students are enrolled?

Does The First Academy accept international students?

Visit our International Admissions FAQ page for detailed information.

What are school hours or divisional schedules?

Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 am. Please reference the schedules below for appropriate pick-up times.

 Lower School Schedule  •  Middle School Schedule  •  Upper School Schedule

Nursery School  •  The Classical School  •  The First Hope

Visit our After School Care and Academies webpages for information on late pick-up and enrichment classes.

What are the tuition costs at The First Academy?

Please visit the Tuition & Fees page for this year’s tuition expenses.

What does tuition cover?

Tuition includes most textbooks, technology, and lab use. Please see the Activity Fee list, on the Tuition & Fees page, for a helpful list of most fees and optional charges that may apply to you.

Where do I purchase school uniforms?

Our uniform provider is Dennis Uniforms. Items can be purchased online or in store at 1101 N. Keller Road, Suite G-3, Orlando, FL 32810. Please review our Uniform Policies in the Parent-Student Handbook or Back to School Page. Sunshine uniforms are not permitted.

Families may also purchase spirit wear, uniform tops, outwear, and additional Royal gear in person or online at our School Store located in the front of the Cramer Family Field House.

Does The First Academy accept Step Up or Unique Abilities Scholarships?

The First Academy accepts multiple scholarships administered by Step Up for Students. However, these scholarships will not cover the full cost of our Tuition and Fees. Families will be financially responsible for the remaining balance. Please reach out to our Business Office for additional information, 407-206-8758.

The First Hope accepts the Family Empowerment Scholarship. To learn more please call 407-206-8801 or visit The First Hope.

The Classical School does not accept scholarships of any kind. To learn more about The Classical School Tuition and Fees, please call 407-206-8762 or visit The Classical School.

How do I get involved and connected?

The Parent Association is a wonderful way to get involved and stay connected. There are several ways to serve!

Are there Fine Arts programs at The First Academy?

Our Fine Arts department provides an outstanding education in the visual and performing arts with an emphasis on Christian Worldview of the Arts. The faculty and staff have created a supportive environment in which students can grow in the fields of visual arts, theatre, expressive arts and music, including band and vocal programs. Students participate in community art festivals and compete in districts and state vocal, band and theatre festivals. Please reference the links below to see what opportunities we have per division:

What sports are offered at The First Academy?

The First Academy has a solid reputation in the state of Florida for its athletic competition for winning several state, regional and district awards. We are a competitive class 3A school, a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association, and offer 23 different sports for boys and girls in grades 6 through 12. Please visit our Athletics page to learn more.

Additionally, The First Academy offers a robust Lower School Program for students in K-Prep through 5th grade. Students have the opportunity to learn and develop athletic skills and explore participation in multiple sports. Please visit our Lower School Athletics page to learn more.

How does The First Academy incorporate technology into the learning environment?

Classrooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, interactive projectors and often whiteboard technology. All students in Grades 7-12, will be issued a personal Macbook laptop for educational use. Students in grades 3-6 are issued a personal iPad for educational use. Students in grades K-Prep-3 will have access to a classroom set of iPads. We also offer different elective opportunities in Middle and Upper School for students to learn more about technology. Please review our Middle and Upper School Course Catalog to learn more.

Additionally, our families enjoy FACTS, a Learning Management System, enabling them to view weekly lesson plans, assignments, grades, and test dates. It also allows our parents to change their information, access school directories, calendars, volunteer opportunities and receive electronic news from school staff.

All students are issued a FACTS Account, and, from Grade 2 and on, receive an @thefirstacademy.org email address and Apple ID. Younger students will learn how to keyboard, while older students will learn the ins and outs of iOS and computing. By graduation, students will be proficient at taking eCourses, navigating eBooks, and researching from the web.

For assistance or more information visit the technology page.

Are there after-school activities?

We offer a wide range of after-school activities for KPrep through 12th grade. Please visit the links below to learn more about the opportunities we provide:

In addition to after-school activities, we also offer summer programming. Visit our Royal Summer page to learn more.

Does The First Academy offer after-school care?

Yes, we offer after-school care for students K-Prep 3’s through 12th grade. Click the links below to learn more.

After-School Program (Grades Kindergarten Prep 3’s-12)

Are there any rewards for referring a new family?

Yes, we are grateful for your kind words to every new family. You can find out more on the Royal Reach Referral Program page.

What about Wait Lists?

At The First Academy, we have what is called a “wait pool”. The First Academy’s wait pool is an unranked group of students who have been accepted to The First Academy, and who we prayerfully hope will be able to join our school family. Click here to learn more.

I need more information. What should I do?

Email admissions@thefirstacademy.org or give us a call at (407) 206-8602 and we will be more than happy to help.

Do you require Admissions testing?

Applicants for Kindergarten Prep (3’s and 4’s) through Grade 2 are required to take in-house admission screening or testing at The First Academy. Applicants for Grades 3 through 12 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) proctored at The First Academy. There is a cost of $125 for Grades 3-4 and $155 for Grades 5-12.

How do I transfer divisions such as between The Classical School and the Upper, Middle or Lower Schools?

Looking to transfer between The Classical School and the Upper, Middle or Lower Schools? Start by completing the form below: