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PK-12
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Orlando, FL
Students enrolled: 1,130
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2667 Bruton Blvd
Orlando, FL 32805

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(407) 206-8602
(407) 206-8700
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December 16, 2014
I love my job and the fact that TFA values academic development as well as the spiritual development of their students!

- submitted by a teacher
December 16, 2014
The First Academy is a PK- 12th grade, Christ-based, college preparatory school based in Orlando Florida. Current enrollment is 1230 students. I am a parent of a student that graduated in 2009 and now am on the Administration Team at the school. What a blessing it has been to see the foundation the school set for my son and now for me to work there. The Leadership is tremendous, the faculty is second to none. If you are looking for a Christian school, with outstanding academics, athletics and fine arts, you should visit the campus of The First Academy.

- submitted by a teacher
December 16, 2014
My wife and I are eternally grateful for the outstanding Christ centered education our two children received at The First Academy. They both are attending college and doing very well. The impact that many of the administrators, faculty and coaches had on them will be felt for a lifetime and for us as parents is something we will cherish forever.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2014
It is a joy to be a part of The First Academy. The students are extremely polite and well-mannered, and the faculty and staff go above and beyond to prepare students academically, socially and spiritually to go out into the world.

- submitted by a teacher
December 03, 2014
I love TFA. We gave public school a try for a couple of years when we first moved to Orlando. We thought since they were A rated schools in Dr. Phillips that we were going to be fine. Although they were great schools, our son was struggling with boredom. He wasn't being challenged at all. Not to mention that several class mates could barely read, this was in 2nd grade. After recommendation from a family friend, we switched to The First Academy. It is one of the best decisions we have ever made regarding education. This is our second year at TFA, our son is challenged with work that causes him to think and figure things out, he thinks totally different about school and is building lifelong friendships with students that I know have the same moral standards as my family. In addition, I love that they pray every day and actually keep high biblical standards. The teachers really care and take a personal interest in getting to know each student. I know as time goes on, work will continue to become more challenging and prepare him for college. I also love that the college acceptance rate is 100%.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
This is our second year at TFA and I have nothing but positive things to say about this school. We relocated to the Orlando area and TFA provided a smooth transition for my son. The children and their parents were so welcoming. The teachers are wonderful. They really get to know your child. What they are learning is amazing!!! I wouldn t have my child at any other school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
My children attended TFA for 5 years. I would not consider it a college prep school. The faculty are super nice and helpful, but do not hold the students accountable. Grades are deeply influenced by political clout and need for re-enrollment. This ultimately hurts the children. College is not like that. I have experienced this first hand. TFA is a very pleasant place to be, but it is not a college preparatory school. If your child is academically gifted, I would select another school in Orlando.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
Most of our TFA STUDENTS are happy here. As a teacher who has taught all grades from k- 12 in the last 20 years, I can say that most of our students are a fantastic group of great kids. From firsthand experience, I can say that our teachers place their priority on your child, and regardless of your income, so the playing field is level here. No mistaking it, a quality education takes money. We are a dedicated bunch who love what we do here. I am sorry to read some rare negative comments, but you do not see the whole picture. Step into our classrooms and observe us mentor your child, then make your judgement. Be an informed parent, not by your child's immature opinion but by your objective mature wisdom. I love my students and love this school.

- submitted by a teacher
March 10, 2014
There is nowhere else in Central Florida that I would want my children! Excellence in all areas: Strong Christ-centered worldview, academics, athletics, arts,...TFA has it all. A very special place.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
Our K4 experience has been absolutely awesome! We have seen our daughter's "rough" edges worked out and Mrs. Connell is the best teacher I have ever seen. (I have taught 3 levels of science in my career and I think she may even put me to shame.) She makes sure all students are accepted and loved by their "friends". No one is allowed to talk mean to each other. I believe it's called "Love and Logic" and Mrs. Connell is the expert at it. My wife and I feel there is truly a partnership between the school, church and home. I am soooo glad we made this decision to go here. I talk to other families that do not attend here and they get pretty jealous when we talk about what are kids are learning and how they have been taught to interact with their peers. TFA also has a great handle on Social Networking integration and we get posts from our classroom, Athletic Events, School events and more. It is truly a unique educational experience with a great Christian World View integration.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
The First Academy has been a strong academic school for my 2 children who have taken all AP and Honors classes. The Christian values shown by the teachers, coaches and fellow students has shaped my kids character for a lifetime. Thanks TFA- you are the BEST college-prep school in Orlando!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
Wonderful school, we couldn't be happier. Great staff, wonderful teachers, excellent athletic and academic programs.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
What a joke. Theres nothing christ centered about this school, try cash centered. The stats are awesome, these kids graduate and go to great colleges. What they dont tell you is the kids end up at the local community college because they are unprepared for the real world.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2012
The First Academy has been a part of our family for 10 years now. I have had the pleasure of meeting and hearing about some of the BEST teachers that are leading my children. Both of my children ( one now graduated) really enjoy the sincerity, knowledge and caring attitude the teachers bring with them every day to the classroom. Thank you so much for the continued example and instruction on how to truly exhibit great character and leadership in this world.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
What an amazing blessing The First Academy has been to our family! We are so thankful that our child has the opportunity to participate in a challenging academic program while learning how to be a leader by Biblical example. The teachers and leadership at TFA truly care about the children and actually pray for them. You rarely find that at other schools. The strong leadership, excellent teachers and Biblical foundation provide an environment where children can not only learn but THRIVE! Thank you, TFA!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2011
The First Academy has been a huge blessing to our family. While the academics are tough, the teachers provide the support and teaching to help our kids succeed. The Spiritual Formation plan is solid. Our daughter is learning concepts and truth that we would never have thought to try to explain to her in first grade!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
The teachers are kind and welcoming and staff are happy to assist you and your children. If you're looking to raise your children with God first, TFA is the place for you. Academics, Arts and Athletics are all sure to prevail so if your child has any aspirations for extra-curriculars you'll find it all here. With 1000 students distributed k4-12, your student is sure to get the attention he or she needs to excel spiritually and academically.

- submitted by a teacher
June 28, 2010
TFA has amazing leadership, with Dr. Steve Whitaker being one of the best Headmasters I have ever seen. He not only knows how to lay a vision for the future, but he knows how to make it happen. And the teachers are made to be the heroes of the school, which inspires them and also honors them for how they pour into these kids' lives. Yes, it is a school with wealthy families and cliques among the parents, but this does not come from the leadership of the school and this is not what is celebrated among the students. Christian character and Excellence in all areas of life are what is emphasized. There are many wonderful families here who are involved in their kids' lives and raise their children to be godly leaders and that is who I choose to focus on, spend time with, and glean from.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 03, 2010
If you don't have lots, and I mean LOTS of money, don't even waste your time going to this school. The parent's think they are so much better than the 'average' person, and if you don't fit their mold, your singled out. They know how to get what they want from teachers and staff to make sure their kids excel. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2010
My son and daugher are really enjoying TFA. They have been in 2 other Christian Schools in the north and TFA by far has been the best school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
July 16, 2009
My son just finished the Kindergarten program at TFA. I have been amazed how much he has grown academically and socially this past year! The Kindergarten curriculum is a fantasitic balance--the children learn at a remendous rate. And even when they are playing, they are learning and the kids don't even realize it. If you are looking for a great start to your child's education, The First Academy should be your first choice!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 16, 2009
We love TFA. We have been here for 6 years and have had one of our daughters graduate and accepted to 4 different colleges. She attends one of the Florida colleges because of Bright Futures. I can not tell you what TFA means to us as parents, the academic and the spiritual foundation can not be meausred in our eyes. We still have children at TFA and will be here until they graduate. If your looking for a 'family' school this is the one for you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 12, 2009
Awesome School, Our sports teams are very good. You should definitely come if you are looking for a good private christian athletic school. We have a good fan base and we support our teams all the time.

- submitted by a student
December 14, 2008
If you have money or 'connected' you and your child will excell at this school. The Headmaster is a nice man who appears to deeply care about this school but I can say from our experience, Christ's principles aren't always practiced by some staff and and parents. As stated earlier from a previous submission, they follow a warped view of the Golden Rule. 'Those with the gold....rule! I

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
We are the parents of a student who graduated after 10 years at TFA and went on to University of Florida (GO GATORS!). Our child was accepted at every college at which she applied, and was offered nearly $100,000 in academic scholarships. Even more importantly, she continues to delight and amaze her grateful parents with a clear sense of right and wrong, an active moral compass, and a visible strength of faith. TFA was a steadfast partner in all aspects of her success. We gladly give The First Academy the highest recommendation as well as our heartfelt thanks for an amazing experience.

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October 01, 2008
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September 21, 2008
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August 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 05, 2008
I love my school! The teachers are terrific, the classes are challenging and the friends are wonderful. I would not go anywhere else! Go TFA!

- submitted by a student
no rating May 30, 2008
We are truly suprised how this school has changed. We loved it our first year, but after that we see what the true focus of the school is money and the people with the most money rule. We had to make the hard decision to leave the school after this year. Our kids will miss there friends and teachers but we sure won't miss the parents who feel the need to run the school. The Headmaster is an awsome believer in Christ, and he needs to see that the school is getting away from that. Great academics, great teachers, great adminstration staff, just need to get back to basics and remember God first. Parents really need to be screened about there faith. When you have a dress code in your studen manual for mothers, there is something wrong.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
I am very sad that it has come to this, but we to feel it is only right to leave TFA. I agree with the Golden Rule prevails at TFA. Also, if donate alot of money you and your children climb the latter. We truly loved this school when we started a few years back, but it has changed so much. We really feel that the Christ Centered school is no longer, it is all about the money. The leaders of the school really need to look at what is happening and regroup. I hope they will before it is to late.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 24, 2008
I have been a TFA family for 12 years. It has been an amazing road partnering with this awesome school to raise my children. We are so blessed to have what we feel is the best Christian based school in the nation!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 22, 2008
As a parents of middle school and high school students, we are so thankful to have found this Christ-centered, college-prep school in Orlando, FL. When we knew we were to move from the northeast and their fantastic academic institutions, we were concerned we would not find the level of academic excellence for our students on their educational journey. We have to blessed beyond measure with The First Academy. From a leadership team who truly sees the individual to a faculty team who deeply invests in each of our children, the First Academy has it right. Take the time to see what this school can offer your children. It will be an investment of time well spent. Sincerely, Mickey and Kathleen Pittman

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
My family has just finished our 8th year with 2 children who are thriving at the school. I often - and I do mean regularly - hear how incredible my 5th and 7th grade daughters are in terms of their Christian attitudes, behavior and self discipline. These are qualities that the school really partners with parents on. My children are living the Mission at TFA of Character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self and participation as a way of life. Having a high level of academics or a Christian environment are not mutually exclusive. If you want your child to be accepted in ANY college they must do well academically in school and on tests - that is not the new direction of TFA it is reality and I applaud TFA for making this a high level school academically, athletically and spiritually. My family is blessed by TFA.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
Our son just graduated from TFA after spending 13 years there. What a blessing the school has been to our children and our family over these years! The relationships that have been made with students, teachers and families is priceless. Where else do you see all of the teachers lined up, hugging the seniors as they enter for graduation? Our son received 10's of thousands of dollars in unsolicited, merit-based aid, and we give the credit to TFA for that. On top of that, he has been trained to be a Christian leader as he goes forth from the walls of TFA. Is TFA perfect? No But neither is any other school. Caring teachers, an academically sound curriculum, a family-like atmospher, and a God-foccussed mission statement make this a wonderful place to be.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2008
What a wonderful school this used to be. Our family have made the difficult decision to pull our child out of the school after 4 years. A change in direction to make this an SAT/perfection driven machine has caused it to run contrary to its core values. You cannot serve two masters and you cannot worship at the alter of perfection and hope to follow Christ at the same time. Scholarships, awards, even teacher placement are given first to those who are the closest to the 'ideal' . It is disappointing and sad and is very tough on kids who are average or just above average. If your child his a genius and a robot this is the place for you.

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March 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
My son transferred to TFA mid-year. The curriculum is way ahead of the public school system. He is challenged daily and I am grateful for the character building as well as the academic aspect of TFA. As far as a Christ-centered, private college prep school, TFA is the best.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
The Golden Rule prevails at TFA -- the man with the gold makes all the rules. A couple truly outstanding teachers but the parents interfere (insisting on grade gifting and easier curriculum) which keeps even these two standouts not as great an experience in the classroom as what could be. Politics, hypocrisy and rather high turnover of staff. My last graduated 2007. If I had it to do over again I would home school. Cannot recommend TFA in good conscience.

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June 01, 2007
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March 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2006
I have the privilege of working at TFA. It is a great place to work and the people are amazing! I am so glad that we have a school like TFA in the Orlando area that can provide an excellent Christian education!

- submitted by a staff
September 19, 2006
Our children all graduated from The First Academy and have proven to continue to excel in the undergraduate area and beyond as strong Christian leaders. We were delighted with the academics, but also with the drama, music, and sport opportunities. A huge part of this success can be contributed to the partnership among parents, teachers and strong administrative leadership.

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August 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
A great school all around. Great teachers, lots of opportunities for the kids, lots of parent involvement. This is a great school with solid academics and a great Christian education. The Baptist aspect is very heavy though (for example, no dancing at the prom). As a more liberal, non-denominational family we have felt a little restrained in that respect but for elementary education it is great. The teachers have been very caring and I have always felt it was a safe place for my child with lots of love.

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April 01, 2006
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February 19, 2006
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February 07, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 03, 2006
Academics far better than area public schools but avg for local private schools. Great Christian environment. Strong athletics for small private school. Parent involvement is strong. Head master has great vision and leadership skills.

- submitted by a teacher
February 01, 2006
Our children have attended The First Academy for the past 7 years. They are receiving an excellent education and a foundation for success in the 'real world' when they graduate. They are challenged and taught how to think through situations and are not taught to a test. The christian influence of the school is a huge positive. The school's sports programs are top notch.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2006
The First Academy in Orlando is well known for it's christian beliefs. The school was started by The First Baptist Church in orlando as they continue to run it. Students are taught in a christian environment are are taught by highly trained teachers. The college prep school continues to produce remarkable students who have gone on to achieve great things. They are also very generous in terms of financial aid.

- submitted by a former student
November 10, 2005
We relocated from Wisconsin to Florida last year. Since I work from home we really could have lived anywhere in Florida but the biggest criteria for us was finding an outstanding Christian school for our middle schooler and high schooler. I visited many schools on the east coast and in central Florida during my search. Once I found TFA, I just sensed it was the best school for our kids. We have not been dissapointed in the least. Our children love it here and would not return to our previous home or school given the choice. They are academically challenged, involved in many top-notch sports and other extracurricular activities, and have made many wonderful friends here. Overall the teachers and parents really care about the students and there is a focus on building strong Christlike character. It is an excellent college prepratory school. You won't be dissapointed.

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May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 15, 2005
I love TFA. My children have been challenged academically and have grown spiritually. The teachers are strong and really care about the students and their families. A lot of extra help and guidance is available if needed. There is a strong sense of community at thiss chool.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2005
I have been very pleased with the level of academics as well as spiritual and athletic offerings at The First Academy. The teachers are knowledgeable and caring and the parents are open and helpful. My children have met a number of very nice friends through the school. I would encourage parents to tour The First Academy if they are seeking a Christian Prep-school in Orlando.

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January 27, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
January 05, 2004
Have 2 kids now in 6th and 10th grade who have been at TFA for 5 years. There has always been a consistant quality and excellence.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2003
Great value for the money. I have 4 success stories at my house. I'm so pleased with the complete program and how they have ministered to our whole family.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
A loving and nurturing Christ centered enviroment that encourages children to their fullest potential.

- submitted by a parent
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The First Academy
2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL  32805
(407) 206-8602
Last modified The First Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The First Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top