2023-2024 Admissions Applications

The 2023-2024 applications are now LIVE and there is limited availability for enrollment.

TFA siblings, alumni, and wait pool applicants will have first priority to 2023-2024 openings. Click here to apply today.

Affording The First Academy

Think you can’t afford a private, Christian education- think again.

The First Academy is committed to providing families with tuition affordability options and opportunities. Each family is unique and The First Academy seeks to assist families in affording a high-quality Christian education to the greatest extent possible.

The First Academy provides the strongest balance of accelerated academics and student leadership in a Christian environment- all with a tuition price point of approximately 10% less than that of competitor schools. With our tuition affordability options, TFA is the most affordable K-12 school with FCIS accreditation in Orlando. The First Academy offers unparalleled value.

We are proud to serve families from throughout Central Florida with varying socioeconomic backgrounds. Our goal is for new and current families to be educated on the options and opportunities to afford an education at The First Academy.

 

What an excellent school, with its great administration, excellent teachers, top-notch academics, and extracurricular activities, TFA is easily our top choice in Central Florida. Our family couldn’t be happier! Yes, it’s an investment, but the return on investment is very high… worth every penny.”

– J. Wheeler, TFA Parent

Florida Department of Education Scholarships
The First Academy accepts several Florida Department of Education Scholarships, as outlined below.

Family Empowerment Scholarship – Administered by Step Up For Students

The Family Empowerment Scholarship Program was enacted in 2019 and is designed to give more families access to private school education. This scholarship is accepted for students in The First Academy day program. To be eligible to receive this scholarship, your student must be eligible to enroll in kindergarten or enrolled in and in attendance at a Florida public school during both the October and February student counts in the year prior to enrollment at The First Academy. To find out more information about the application process, please click this link.

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship – Administered by Step Up For Students

The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship is an income-based scholarship administered through the Step Up for Students Organization. This scholarship is accepted for students in The First Academy day program. Applications for new students for the 2020-21 school year will be open in March of 2020 and applications for current Step Up families will open in January 2020. To find out more information about the step up for students scholarship, please click this link.

The Hope Scholarship – Administered by Step Up For Students

The Hope Scholarship was created to give parents the option to place their student in a safer family environment. This scholarship is accepted for students in The First Academy day program. To find out more information about the Hope scholarship, please click this link.

The Family Empowerment Unique Abilities Scholarship – Administered by Step Up For Students

The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA) is different than other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account. For information about qualification requirements and to apply for this scholarship, click this link.

Additional Affordability Options
Outlined below is additional information on affordability options.

529 Plan

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December of 2017, qualified distributions are now allowed of up to $10,000 per year for K-12 tuition at any private school. These plans were designed as a vehicle to fund a college education, and now but there are educational situations where using these funds can be beneficial. For example, perhaps your funding is running ahead of projections for college financing needs and won’t be needed for college or you may have a 529 plan intended for an older sibling that wasn’t used. K-12 private school tuition can be a great use of these funds!

Roth IRA

ROTH IRA contributions (not investment returns) can be distributed at any age without penalty. This can be a great way to fund private school tuition as the investment earnings keep growing after withdrawing the original contributions. You should never compromise your future financial security. If you determine that you don’t need to rely on these funds for retirement and you enact proper investment strategies, a Roth IRA can be a great way to help fund your private school education.

Coverdell Education Savings Account

Parents who meet certain income guidelines are eligible to contribute up to $2,000 per year to a Coverdell ESA. Contributions are made from your after-tax income and earnings on those contributions grow tax-free. Distributions from these accounts aren’t taxed if they are used for qualified education expenses such as private school tuition and fees, books, supplies, uniforms, and tutoring.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

If your employer offers a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, funds you deposit can be used toward eligible dependent care expenses. Since contributions to a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account are pre-tax, it can be a great way to save on your overall expenses. Eligible dependent care expenses include afterschool programs, preschool and K-4 tuition, and even summer camps for dependent children under the age of 13. To find out how this might impact your personal situation, make sure to talk to your accountant or financial advisor.

Other Family Assistance

Grandparents and other family members may be willing to help support your student with the gift of tuition. Whether they contribute by directly paying a portion of your student’s tuition or by investing in one of the options outlined above, this can be an invaluable resource for the education of your student.

Tuition
The 2023-2024 applications are now LIVE. The 2023-2024 Tuition and Fees will be released in early 2023.

2022-2023 Tuition:

  • K4 (5-Day): $10,930
  • Transitional Kindergarten: $12,150
  • Kindergarten: $13,370
  • Grades 1-4: $16,220
  • Grades 5-6: $17,760
  • Grades 7-8: $19,320
  • Grades 9-11: $21,050
  • Grade 12: $21,470

Non-US residents will pay an additional annual fee of $3750 per student for both new and returning families for the 2022-23 school year. For more information on International Admissions, click here.

Want to learn more about The First Academy’s Preschool Tuition & Fees? Click here for more information.

Want to know what your estimated monthly payment will be?

The tuition schedule will be prorated per your enrollment date.

The 12-month tuition payment schedule begins every year in April. Please keep in mind this does not take into account additional fees and affordability options, such as the Florida Department of Education Scholarship programs.

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Grade Level Fees
Knowing a school’s fees is just as important as knowing the tuition. While most schools charge additional fees for educational resources, such as books and technology, The First Academy does not. These are already included in tuition.
The First Academy fees are approximately half the cost of the fees charged by other Central Florida private schools.

Every grade level plans special events and activities that vary from year to year. These are reflected in the grade level fees outlined below.

2022-2023 Activity Fees:

 

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Payment Plans
Families may choose from one of the following tuition payment plans: annual payment with a 1% discount for tuition paid in full by the deadline or monthly payments over a 12 month period (April -March).

Please visit the Tuition Payment Plans page for more information.

Tuition Refund Program
Please visit the Tuition Refund Program page for further information.
Tuition Assistance
Also known as financial aid, variable tuition or index tuition– The First Academy offers Tuition Assistance to qualifying families. Tuition Assistance is financial need-based assistance determined by a third party company. Please visit the Tuition Assistance page for more information on this affordability option.

Tuition assistance has been allocated and is closed for the 2022-2023 school year. Tuition assistance is also closed for the 2023-2024 school year at this time.

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