Back to School

Summer Communication

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Back to School Events

We are happy to announce that Meet the Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year will be held in “Open House” style, with our teachers and staff looking forward to meeting students and families on Monday, August 9 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Mark your calendars now!

We also look forward to a brand new TFA tradition! All families will be invited to join us in the Worship Center on Thursday, August 19 for the first chapel of the school year, a special All School Worship. More information to come and we look forward to seeing you there!

We also look forward to a brand new TFA tradition! All families are invited to join us for a Parent Association Welcome Breakfast in Faith Hall at 8:15 on Thursday, August 19. This is a great way to get connected and learn about volunteer opportunities available across campus. Following the breakfast, families can join us in the Worship Center for the first chapel of the school year, a special All School Worship. More information to come and we look forward to seeing you there!

Campus Health & Wellness

The focus of preparation for TFA’s summer programs has begun! Due to the low rates of intra-school spread, the reduced numbers of students on campus, and the availability of vaccines for all interested staff and faculty, face masks will be optional for TFA’s summer program participants. The carbon shields (dividers), both outside and inside on campus, will be removed this summer and are not planned to be reinstalled for the 2021-2022 school year.

The majority of the camps will be held outdoors, and when indoors, teachers and staff will work to maintain a 6-foot distance between campers, when possible (OCDOH is still requiring a 6-foot bubble for contact tracing).

TFA’s COVID data will continue to be collected and reviewed on a weekly basis to inform us of the next steps for summer and as a baseline for the 2021-2022 school year.

Read our Health and Safety Guidelines and our COVID-19 Scenario Guide for summer 2021.

TFA’s campus will be mask-optional and the carbon shields (dividers), both outside and inside on campus, will be removed.

TFA’s COVID data will continue to be collected and reviewed on a weekly basis to inform us of the next steps for summer and as a baseline for the 2021-2022 school year.

Read our Health and Safety Guidelines and our COVID-19 Scenario Guide for the 2021-2022 school year.

Parent Volunteers

We look forward to welcoming parent volunteers back to campus! Next year, the campus will re-open for on-campus volunteer opportunities.

For more information on volunteering and how to complete the background check process, click here.

Interested in an on-campus Personal Tour? Click here to schedule your tour and learn more about The First Academy.

Campus visitors can read our Health and Safety Guidelines online.

Campus Dining

Learn more about FLIK and view lunch menus for the 2021-2022 school year online here.

Construction is underway for our kitchen on campus so that we may prepare fresh, healthy, handmade food daily for our students and faculty for the 2021-2022 school year.

To help accomplish that, The First Academy is excited to share that we have selected FLIK Independent School Dining as our new food service partner. Learn more about FLIK and view the renderings and fact-sheet for the new kitchen space online here.

Back to School Information

In the sections below, you will find the most important information regarding Back to School. As more information becomes available, new information will be added below.

Note: All information below is subject to change until the official release of the Back to School webpage in early June.

The TFA Top 15 Parent-Student Handbook Items are designed to bolster the relationship between home, church, and school. These items do not define who is and who is not a Christ-follower. They are not a measure of one’s spiritual maturity. They are simply a set of principles that guide our partnership with parents in raising the next generation of Christian leaders. Please read these important highlights online here.

Annual Calendar

Click here for the 2021-2022 Annual Calendar or here for the main dates.

View The Classical School Annual Calendar online here.

Below you will find the supply lists for students. Note, supply lists are linked Google Docs that may be updated by teachers.

Lower School

Middle School 

Upper School

Supply lists for grades 9-12 vary with each course and teacher. Upper School teachers will have their supply lists available during Meet The Teacher.

The Classical School

The First Hope

We will continue with our current drop-off and pick-up procedures for the 2021-2022 school year. K-Prep – 12th-grade families will continue using the designated carlines for student drop-off and pick-up. Preschool families will continue to drop off at the designated side entrance of Lower School. This will allow teachers a student-focused start and end to each school day.

School Start & Dismissal Times

Start Time

Grades K4-12………………..Monday – Friday……………… 8:00 am

PreK2 & PreK3………………..Monday – Friday…………… 9:00 am*

Dismissal Time

Grades K4-12 Monday – Friday……………………………… 2:45 pm

PreK2 & PreK3………………..Monday – Friday……………… 3:00 pm*

These are the arrival and dismissal times for all divisions, including The Classical School and The First Hope.

*PreK2 & PreK3 Morning Care is available at 7:30 am for an additional enrollment charge. PreK2 & PreK3 After Care is available until 5:00 pm for an additional enrollment charge.

School Start & Dismissal Times

Start Time

Grades K4-12………………..Monday – Friday……………… 8:00 am

PreK2 & PreK3………………..Monday – Friday…………… 9:00 am*

Dismissal Time

Grades K4-12 Monday – Friday……………………………… 2:45 pm

PreK2 & PreK3………………..Monday – Friday……………… 3:00 pm*

These are the arrival and dismissal times for all divisions, including The Classical School and The First Hope.

View the Middle and Upper School Bell Schedule

*PreK2 & PreK3 Morning Care is available at 7:30 am for an additional enrollment charge. PreK2 & PreK3 After Care is available until 5:00 pm for an additional enrollment charge.

Visit the Royal Store

Visit the Royal Store to get all of your Spirit Wear and TFA gear for the 21-22 school year. Order online anytime at theroyalstore.org.

Summer Hours

  • Tuesdays 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, starting June 1st

First Week of School Hours

  • Monday, August 9 – 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 10 – 9:00 AM – Noon
  • Wed. August 11 – Fri. August 13 – 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Regular Store Hours (starting August 16th)

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays – 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Uniforms & Dress Code

Our school uniform provider is Dennis Uniforms. They are located at 1101 North Keller Road, Orlando, FL.

 

Our Uniform Policy is as stated below:

  • Shorts/skirts must be no higher than 5 inches from the knee when standing.This is the same size as an index card.
  • Although Dennis Uniforms will remain our uniform vendor, students may purchase similar-style shorts/skirts/pants from other vendors to ensure fit follows the 5-inch rule.
  • All shorts/skirts/pants/jeans must be a solid color, plain front with no patches, rips, tears, holes, patches, studs, accessories, or extra pockets. Students in grades 6-12 may wear jeans five days a week.
  • Both Dennis collared shirts and approved TFA-branded collared shirts (sold at the Royal Store) will be allowed during the school week.T-shirts may only be worn on Fridays or approved “Spirit Wear” days.
  • Acceptable shorts/skirts/pants colors include khaki, gray, charcoal, shades of blue, and black.
  • For everyone’s safety, security, and building access, all students in grades 6-12 will be required to wear a lanyard and student ID. Students in grades 6-12 will be provided with a new lanyard and ID prox card at the beginning of the school year. Lanyard/student ID must be worn around your neck or clipped to the top of your shirt (NOT in a pocket or backpack). Additional information is available on the Technology webpage.

The After Care Program is available for students of all grade levels in K4-12. For more information and to register, click here.

Family Portal

Family Portal, previously known as ParentsWeb, is a private and secure website that allows you to see complete information specific to your student(s) such as Attendance, Daily Grades, Progress Reports, Lesson Plans, Homework, Discipline, Staff and School Directory, Teacher e-mail addresses, and other school information.

A link to the Family Portal login page may be found in the top, right corner of The First Academy website’s homepage.

For more information on using Family Portal by FACTS, click here.

iPad Courses

Check back for more information on the online iPad course your student may need to take.

Fine Arts

Support the Fine Arts at TFA through the Fine Arts Network. For more information, click here.

Athletics

Planning on playing a sport during the 2021-22 school year? Be sure to make sure you have all of the required Athletic Forms on file. Click here to learn more.

Fall Tryout Information

If your student plans to participate in athletics this fall, below are some important dates that you will want to add to your calendar. The official start date set by FHSAA for fall sports is August 2nd. You can review the dates and times below for the sport your student is interested in participating in. Please take note that several try-outs and start dates take place before the first day of school.

Please remember that in order to try out for an athletic team or do any summer training activities, students must be registered on FamilyID and have a current physical on file.

This information can also be found on TFA’s website on the Athletics Upper and Middle School pages. If you have questions about FamilyID, please contact Trey Tyler at treytyler@thefirstacademy.org.

Girls Volleyball

JV and Varsity

  • Location: Cramer Family Field House
  • Dates: August 2nd – 4th (must be at all three dates)
  • Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Teams Set: August 4th
  • Grades: 9th – 12th

Practice will take place on Thursday and Friday (8/5 – 8/6). Full practice schedules will be shared after teams are set.

** 6th – 8th-grade girls that would like to try out for JV or Varsity, please contact Coach Schinzing this summer at AmberSchinzing@thefirstacademy.org for approval to try out.

For any questions about Varsity or Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball and any summer activities, contact Coach Schinzing at AmberSchinzing@thefirstacademy.org.

Middle School

  • Location: Cramer Family Field House
  • Dates: August 12th and 13th
  • Time: 3:15pm – 5:15pm
  • Teams Set: August 13th
  • Grades: 6th – 8th

Our goal is to have no cuts for middle school volleyball. This will be dependent on numbers that come to tryouts and maximum roster limits.

For any questions about Middle School Girls Volleyball and any summer activities, contact Coach Schinzing at AmberSchinzing@thefirstacademy.org.

Boys Football

Varsity (no tryouts)

  • Location: Payne Stewart Athletic Complex
  • Start Date: August 2nd
  • Time: 8:00am – 11:00am
  • Grades: 10th – 12th

Practice will take place Monday, August 2nd through Saturday, August 7th from 8:00am – 11:00am each day.

** 9th-grade boys that would like to play Varsity, please contact Coach Kinard this summer at LeroyKinard@thefirstacademy.org for consideration.

For any questions about Varsity Football and any summer activities, contact Coach Kinard at LeroyKinard@thefirstacademy.org.

Junior Varsity (no tryouts)

  • Location: Payne Stewart Athletic Complex
  • Start Date: August 11th (equipment passed out)
  • Time: 3:15pm – 4:30pm
  • Grades: 7th – 9th

Practice will take place Thursday, August 12th through Friday, August 13th from 3:30pm – 5:30pm each day.

For any questions about Junior Varsity Football and any summer activities, contact Coach Schultz at SteveSchultz@thefirstacademy.org.

Flag Football

  • Location: TBD
  • Start Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Grades: 6th – 7th (Boys only)

More information on Flag Football will be sent out in late July or early August.

Boys Golf

JV and Varsity

  • Location: Falcon’s Fire Country Club, 3200 Seralago Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • Dates: August 2nd – 4th (must be at all three dates)
  • Time: Tee times will start at 8:30am
  • Teams Set: August 4th
  • Grades: 6th – 12th

In order to try out, you must have a tee time. To reserve your tee time, contact Coach Rosado at RobinRosado@thefirstacademy.org.

For any questions about Varsity or Junior Varsity Boys Golf and any summer activities, contact Coach Rosado.

Girls Golf

Varsity

  • Location: Falcon’s Fire Country Club, 3200 Seralago Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • Date: August 4th (one day only)
  • Time: Tee times will start at 8:30am
  • Teams Set: August 4th
  • Grades: 6th – 12th

In order to try out, you must have a tee time. To reserve your tee time, contact Coach Bateman at ChrisBatemanGolf@gmail.com.

For any questions about Varsity Girls Golf and any summer activities, contact Coach Bateman.

Boys & Girls Cross Country

Varsity (no tryouts)

  • Location: Payne Stewart Athletic Complex / Track
  • Date: August 2nd
  • Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Grades: 9th – 12th

Those interested in Varsity Cross Country should come prepared to do a 2-mile run to determine placement.

** Middle School students are welcome to try out for the varsity team on August 2nd. Please contact Coach Hudson this summer at ChadHudson@thefirstacademy.org if interested.

For any questions about Varsity Cross Country or those interested in getting a head start on training contact Coach Hudson for a summer workout schedule. This is not required, but it will help runners get into better shape and position you for success during the season.

Middle School (no tryouts)

  • Location: Cramer Family Field House (front entrance)
  • Date: August 11th
  • Time: 3:15pm – 4:00pm
  • Grades: 6th – 8th

Those interested in Middle School Cross Country should come prepared to do a 2-mile run.

For any questions about Middle Cross Country or those interested in getting a head start on training contact Coach Hudson at ChadHudson@thefirstacadmey.org for a summer workout schedule. This is not required, but it will help runners get into better shape and position you for success during the season.

Boys & Girls Swimming and Diving

Varsity

  • Location: TBD
  • Dates: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Grades: 6th – 12th

Girls Sideline Cheerleading

Varsity

  • Location: TBD
  • Dates: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Grades: 9th – 12th

Junior Varsity

  • Location: TBD
  • Dates: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Grades: 6th – 9th

Follow the links for the important information on the following topics to help make your family’s 2021-22 school year a success:

Important Info

  • We are Open! Schedule an on-campus or virtual Personal Tour online here
  • Summer Office Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • School Hours: 8:00am – 2:45pm
  • Royal Store Summer Hours: Tuesdays 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, starting June 1st or order online here

Summer Assignments

For information on everything from optional summer reading to required assignments, visit your division’s academic pages below: