Cultivating a Heart of Mercy

Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School & Marci Chavalas, Senior Director of Professional Development and Parent Relations “People would rather see a sermon than hear a sermon.” Rev. Dr. Bernice King’s words about the profound, life-altering influence of her parents reminds us that we can make a huge difference in the life of the young people God has entrusted us to care for. Corretta Scott King’s acting out of forgiveness... Read More.

Alumni Spotlight: Tommy Rohrlack

I graduated from The First Academy in 2014, and then went on to receive my B.S. degree from Florida State University in 2018. I am the youngest of three brothers, all of which graduated from TFA. My... Read More.

Stories of Survival & Hope

Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School As Central Floridians, there is no way that we can forget Hurricane Dorian and the devastation that it left in its wake in the Bahamas. At TFA, we served... Read More.

Lower School Tennis Camp

Brandon Anandon is a Florida native who recently relocated back to Orlando from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has been involved in the tennis and fitness industry for most of his life as either a... Read More.

Only Jesus!

Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School The wonder of the lights and the magic of Christmas are all around us this time of year. It's Tricia's favorite time of the year and her decorations are... Read More.

Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

Whether it’s sitting around the family dinner table or munching on endless snacks at a party, the holidays mean food. Lots of food. Even though we all indulge in that decadent dessert or the... Read More.

Your Guide to the Giving Season

Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School What is The Royal Nation? It is a close-knit community. It is world-class teachers who invest in our future entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders. It is... Read More.

Where Will You Make An Impact?

At The First Academy, Service Before Self is not just an idea, it is a core element of our mission statement and it’s at the heart of who we are as a school. With busy lives, it can be hard to find... Read More.

Is This Good for Children?

Researcher Tyler J. VanderWeele writes for Psychology Today on the topic of Human Flourishing and is a Professor at Harvard University. In a recent study, he found what we already know to be true... Read More.

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