International Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
The First Academy does accept international students. International students applying to The First Academy follow the same admissions criteria as domestic students. All students must be able to read, write, and speak English fluently. Please visit our Admissions Criteria page for more information on TFA’s Admissions criteria.
Our Admissions Department is available to speak with you regarding International Admissions. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-206-8602.
Applicants for Kindergarten Prep (3 and 4-year-olds) 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. Students applying for 8th -12th grade may be required to take an English Proficiency Test (Duolingo). The cost of the English Proficiency Test is $59.
International student families are required to pay a $500 International Student Program Fee for K-Prep 3 students. The international fee increases to $3,750 in grades K-Prep 4-year-olds through 12th grade. The International Fee covers the cost for processing international applicants, their documentation, and the onboarding process.
Tuition and fees are due upfront and in full upon enrollment for students in Kindergarten Prep 3’s through 12th grade.
International students are not eligible to receive need-based tuition assistance from the school or qualify for payment plans.
TFA does not offer boarding. International students are required to reside with a parent legally living in the Central Florida community.
Once enrollment is complete and tuition/fees are paid, The First Academy’s Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) issues your student an I-20, which will allow you to formally request an F-level visa for your student. I-20 information is requested prior to the Admissions decision.
Please note that The First Academy does not issue I-20/F-1 Visas for K-Prep 3-year-olds.
Once enrollment is complete and tuition/fees are paid, The First Academy’s Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) will work with a school official from the student’s current school to transfer the I-20 to TFA.
The First Academy accepts international students in possession of a green card, dependent on a parent’s appropriate visa, or seeking to apply and obtain an F-level visa. We are unable to accommodate international students not in possession of a green card, not dependent on a parent’s appropriate visa, or who are planning to study in the U.S. while in possession of a B-, C-, D-, or I-level visa.
The First Academy may work with agents representing families and their students. The First Academy is not a commission-based entity for international agents.