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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A-

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$155
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$19,880
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid
From The First Academy

The First Academy (TFA) serves over 1,400 Central Florida students who attend Preschool through grade 12. In August of 1987, The First Academy opened its doors with a mission to prepare children for life as Christian leaders who choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, and participation as a way of life. The First Academy has responded to dramatic growth with the future in full view. With award-winning curriculum, technology, arts, and athletics programs, The First Academy is uniquely positioned to prepare students, from preschool to graduation, for leadership in the 21st century. The First Academy has been named the "Orlando's Best Private School" for last seven consecutive years.

The First Academy Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1200
133 responses
Average ACT
27
64 responses

Accelerated Pathways

The First Academy is pleased to offer several advanced and college-level academic opportunities through our Accelerated Pathways program.

Culture & Safety

Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 78 responses
  • Sporting events
    18%
  • Prom
    15%
  • Senior Ski Trip
    13%
  • Graduation
    12%
  • Homecoming, Sadie Hawkins Dance, graduation
    12%
  • Spring Musical
    9%
  • Homecoming
    6%

    Students

    Diversity
    A-
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,285
    90%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
    95%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    $7,135
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    2
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
      Yes
    • Offers Part Week
      Yes
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day
      No

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    7:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    85%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.20 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.20 responses
    Poll
    90%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.20 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    86%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
    71%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
    71%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      B-
    2. Good for Families
      A-
    3. Housing
      C+
    Median Household Income
    $48,511
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,139
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $217,800
    National
    $184,700

    The First Academy Reviews

    214 reviews
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    No parents have to experience the fear of leaving your kids behind and having your kids attending The First Academy is truly a blessing and one of the best feelings you could have. The teachers are really amazing and true heroes; they are really dedicated and passionate about their work (they know that students' needs are different and use appropriate techniques to help them so that they can be successful).
    Everyone is valued and they are always there not only for the students but also for the parents in every aspect of life. Children are able to witness what is like to be a Christian follower; they also know what it is expected in terms of quality and discipline.

    Excellent leadership (the school principals are well respected, have great vision; just love how they create a positive attitude at TFA).

    TFA is a complete package! No need to look elsewhere as you won't regret it.
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    We moved our kids from another school to TFA during the middle of their elementary years. This was a tough decision for our family but TFA welcomed us with open arms. They went above and beyond to make sure our kids felt comfortable with the transition. The staff is amazing! Everyone from support staff to teachers to administration has been top notch. The facilities are beautiful and safety is always a top priority. There are so many little everyday things that are great, but my favorite part of TFA is the friendly, Christ-like atmosphere. There is a very realness to this school that pours out from not only staff, but the students and families as well. TFA truly lives by God’s word and displays the fruits of the Spirit in all that they do. I’m so thankful God led us here and that my kids are surrounded by such love during their education.
    Our family and most importantly our kids love The First Academy. Given with this years challenges of having to transition to remote schooling, the teachers and staff did a phenomenal job! They were they if you have any questions or concerns. If your child needed a one on one, their teachers were there to support them. The families of the school are great as well! Time after time we speak about how happy we are that we found TFA for our children’s education and this is where they start to build their character too!