Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

  • January 12: US Chapel – Student Center, 9:33am
  • January 13: Senior Lunch – Student Center, 12:50pm
  • January 16: No School – Martin Luther King Jr Day – Student/Teacher Holiday
  • January 19: US Poetry Out Loud Competition – Student Center, 9:35am
  • January 26: US Chapel – Student Center, 9:33am
  • January 26-28, February 1-3: MS Musical, The Lion King Jr.
  • February 2: US Chapel – Student Center, 9:33am
  • February 9: US Chapel – Student Center, 9:33am
  • February 9-13: US Fine Arts NYC Trip
  • February 12: Admissions Open House – 2:00pm – Invite a friend!


College Guidance

10th Grade (Class of 2019) Parent Coffee Meeting with College Guidance

We are meeting with all 10th graders in their English classes to discuss graduation requirements, college preparations, and training students on using great college resource tools (Collegeboard/ this week!

We wanted to have time with parents to go over the same information and also to answer any questions you may have in regards to the College Guidance process at The First Academy.

We will be meeting in Room 202 (second floor of the Upper School).  Please be sure to check in at the front lobby first.

You can sign up for any of the dates below: All meetings will be from 8 a.m.- 8:40 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 19th

Thursday, Jan. 26th

Thursday, Feb. 2nd

Click here to sign up.

Poetry Out Loud Competition – Jan. 19

Please join us next Thursday, January 19 for the Poetry Out Loud Competition, which begins at 9:35am in the Student Center and will take the place of chapel. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest; students compete at the school level, then the top student moves on to the state competition. Click here to read more about Poetry Out Loud.

These students were selected from their English classes to compete on Thursday:

9th Grade

Audrey D.

Jessica K.

Victor N.

Kate P.

10th Grade

Enzo B.

Lindsey N.

McKenzie V.

Sophia V.

11th Grade

Abigail B.

Halie B.

Alex W.

Natalie W.

12th Grade

Emelyn M.

Grace M.

Sarah Beth S.

Chloe T.

Re-Enrollment Begins 1/9

This is a friendly reminder that re-enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year began on Monday, January 9.  As we mentioned prior to Winter Break, we are excited to offer a reduced re-enrollment payment during the first week of re-enrollment!  Re-enrollment payments by school are as follows:

                                                          Jan. 9-16               Jan. 17 Forward
The First Academy:                            $500                           $1000
The Classical School:                         $200                            $400
The First Hope:                                   $400                            $500
The First Academy Preschool:          $100                            $125

Directions for re-enrollment and payment will be sent to the email address on file in RenWeb on the morning of January 9. Be sure to take advantage of the reduction during the first week! Please note, grade level positions are not reserved until we have received submission of both the completed re-enrollment contract and the payment.

In celebration of re-enrollment for the 2017-18 school year, students are encouraged to wear “Spirit Wear” for the first week of re-enrollment, January 9 – 13.

We are looking forward to the new school year!

US Chapel Recap 1/5

By Abby B.

Last week in chapel we had the pleasure of hearing from Chris Ogden, the Adult Ministry Pastor at First Orlando. He spoke to us on doubting, something that everyone of us has struggled with at some point in our lives. The sermon was based on Matthew 11:1-6, where John the Baptist was in jail and he was having doubts about Christ being the coming Messiah.
He mentioned four things that John first did when he was doubting. The first thing he did was acknowledge what he was doubting. After that he considered his circumstances. John was in a dirty jail cell. Anyone would doubt God’s goodness in that type of situation. Third, he took his doubts to Jesus. Jesus was able to quell his doubts and assure John that he was doing major things. Finally, John anchored his faith in Jesus. Chris ended with this reassuring statement: “God’s goodness isn’t based on your circumstances. God is always good.”


Upper School Attendance

All emails regarding attendance can be sent to our receptionist, Lyn Maxime, at If your student is arriving late, will be dismissed early or absent from school, please email Lyn at