Based out of Orlando, Florida, The First Academy, a Christ-centered, college preparatory school, serves over 1,250 students from preschool through high school.
When we were founded in 1986, The First Academy began its academic, fine arts and athletic programs and has continued growing them ever since.
We elevate students to their highest levels of achievement, and develop character before career, service before self and participation as a way of life.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 1,046 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The First Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
1,046 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade
The First Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
96 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
25 courses
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Kristi Summers


School Notes

  • The First Academy is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory school serving over 1,200 Central Florida students across four academic divisions Upper School (9th-12th), Middle School (6th-8th), Lower School (Preschool-5th), and the Extended Educational Programs (Homeschool and Special Needs). Since our opening in 1987, TFA has continued to grow the academic, fine arts, and athletic programs that have elevated its students to the highest levels of achievement. More importantly, though, as a private school TFA has helped develop its students` strength of character, leading these young men and women to serve others in their own community and across the globe.
  • The First Academy boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for its graduating seniors, who have received over $70 million in scholarship offers. TFA students at every grade level consistently score well above the state and national average on standardized tests and, for nearly a decade, more than half of TFA seventh grade students have qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program for the academically accomplished. In 2013, The First Academy Middle School received the Department of Education`s highest honor, becoming a National Blue Ribbon School. In 2009, the Lower School received the same honor.
  • Students in the visual and performing arts at The First Academy have received the highest possible rankings in theater and band at the district and state level. TFA art students have received awards from such notable entities as the Winter Park Art Festival and Disney`s Festival of the Masters.
  • The First Academy Royals participate in over 22 interscholastic sports at the varsity, junior varsity, and middle school levels. Our students have won numerous district, regional, and state championships, and have consistently earned individual and team titles over the past two decades.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

Does The First Academy offer a summer program?

Yes, The First Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does The First Academy offer?

The First Academy offers 14 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling. The First Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Florida for most sports offered.

What is The First Academy's ranking?

The First Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for: Largest student body, Most AP courses offered and Most sports offered.

When is the application deadline for The First Academy?

The application deadline for The First Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We love TFA! The teachers and coaches care beyond their class or sport. Guidance team is stellar - prepped my son for a top college acceptance.
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Caring, dynamic, school of excellence. We love The First Academy
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 1,046 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Orlando, FL is $7,719 for elementary schools and $7,646 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Orlando, FL is 88% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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