The First Academy

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The First Academy
The First Academy logo.png
2667 Bruton Boulevard


United States
Coordinates 28°30′46″N 81°25′33″W / 28.512879°N 81.425757°W / 28.512879; -81.425757
Latitude and Longitude:

28°30′46″N 81°25′33″W / 28.512879°N 81.425757°W / 28.512879; -81.425757
Type Private Christian
MottoA K4–12 Christ-centered, college-preparatory school
Established1987 (1987)
PrincipalShayne Grove, Jennifer Jackson
Head of schoolSteve Whitaker
GradesPreschool through Grade 12
Campus162,000 sq. ft. and 20 acres
Color(s)Royal blue and gold
MascotRowdy the Royal

The First Academy (TFA), founded in 1986, is a private Christian school in Orlando, Florida. The school serves approximately 1,400 students from Preschool to Grade 12.


The First Academy is an Orlando-based private, Christian school for students from preschool to 12th grade. It is an Apple Distinguished School and has been awarded Orlando's Best Private School by Orlando Magazine [1] and Southwest Orlando Bulletin [2] (seven years in a row).


As of 2018 there were 522 students, of which 402 (77%) were white, 40 (8%) black, 34 (7%) Hispanic, and 12 (2%) Asian. 34 students (7%) responded as two or more races. [3]. The community was 41% white, 20% black, 31% Hispanic, 5% Asian, and 2% two or more races. [4]


As a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association [5] (FHSAA), The First Academy Royals participate in over 22 interscholastic sports at the varsity, junior varsity and middle school levels.

2016 Incident

In 2016, students at the school caused controversy by holding an " Instagram debate on the N-word"; some former students claimed to have experienced racism and homophobia while attending the institution. School officials denounced what had happened and implemented changes to improve race relations. [6] [7] [8]

The City Beautiful Invitational

The First Academy hosts a 16-team annual Christmas basketball tournament. [9]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Best of Orlando 2017 - Kids & Pets". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  2. ^ "Best of Southwest Archives". Southwest Orlando Bulletin. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
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  5. ^ " | Member Senior High Schools". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  6. ^ Wootson Jr, Cleve R. (August 30, 2016). "Private school teens held an Instagram debate on the n-word. It went as well as you'd expect". Washington Post. ISSN  0190-8286. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  7. ^ Postal, Leslie (August 25, 2016). "Racist online comments create furor for First Academy". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  8. ^ TFA Diversity Statement
  9. ^ "The City Beautiful Invitational - Basketball Tournament". Retrieved 2018-09-28.

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