Winter Band Concert

Winter Band Concert

The Winter Band Concert is on December 15th, from 6pm to 7pm in the Lower School’s beautiful sanctuary. The concert will involve band members from grades 6-12, and the band will be playing Christmas classics like “Sleigh Ride,” “Let Heaven and Nature Sing,” and “Jingle Bells.” Come out for the free concert to support the band, get into the Christmas spirit, and enjoy some great music!

Shoebox Drive

Our New Missions Shoebox Drive is underway on both campuses! Every Christmas season, our school partners with a ministry called New Missions–an organization that has built and sustained thirty Christian schools in Haiti, the poorest nation in our western hemisphere. This Shoebox Drive will help provide a shoebox gift for a child in Haiti! Click here for a printable label and for a list of suggested items to pack!

At the Lower School, students can turn in their boxes to their classrooms up to Wednesday, November 29th. And at the Upper School, students can turn in their boxes to room 205 until Wednesday, November 15th. We hope you’ll participate in this tangible way to share God’s love!

Diary of Anne Frank

Our Upper School Drama Department gave a moving performance of The Diary of Anne Frank last weekend–October 19th, 20th, and 21st. According to the director, Patti Cogburn, she chose this play because “I love historical plays and plays about relationships; the play is both. When I first read the book I was in middle school. It was eye-opening and life impacting. Ever since, learning about the Holocaust and the effects on the surviving Jews have been of great interest to me.”

The play is based on the diary kept by Anne Frank during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Anne’s story has particular importance to 10th grader Abigail D who played the title character. “I grew up loving Anne Frank,” Abigail said. “I did a report on her in the 5th grade.” Abigail went on to explain how important it was for her to play a character who had actually lived. “I wanted to do Anne justice. She was a real person–a real teenager girl.”

Abigail’s heartfelt performance–and the dedicated performances of every cast member–impacted everyone who saw the play, including our students. “It showed me a different perspective on the Holocaust,” explained 11th grader Jonathan R. “Before, I thought about it factually, intellectually. After seeing the play, I started to think of it more on an individual basis–how the Holocaust affected people individually.”

Thank you to the Drama Department for providing our students with the gift of a different perspective. The story clearly resonated among the audiences. “The cast and crew dug deep inside to make this play one of the most memorable in FA theatre history,” said director Patti Cogburn. We agree and are so thankful to all who were involved!

9th Grade Guidance Meetings

Guidance is hosting two parent meetings for current FA 9th grade (rising 10th) families! The first is October 26th, and the second is October 31st. Both meetings are from 8:00am to 8:30am in room 123. (Please note that parents only need to attend one of the meetings as the same material will be covered at both.) To RSVP, just click here!

Topics covered will include:

  • High School Academics and Course Offerings
  • College Application Basics
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Guidance Office Overview
  • Course Scheduling

We hope to see you there!

Booster Update!

Last Thursday, October 5th, we had our Winter Sports Registration. We hope you will continue supporting our student athletes by becoming a Booster Club Member.  We appreciate all the families who have already joined the Booster Club! We’re thrilled to have you aboard and appreciate your support of our athletes. For those of you who are not Booster Club members yet, there is still time to join! For more information on ways you can support our athletes, please contact our president, Stephen Lumpkins at 407-766-7905 or click here. Go Lions!

Winter Sports Registration (Basketball/Soccer)

Mandatory Winter Sports Registration (Basketball / Soccer):  

Parents, please make sure you attend the mandatory Winter Sports Registration Night on Thursday, October 5th for middle school, JV, and varsity athletes. The event runs from 5pm-7pm, but you don’t need to attend the whole time. The night serves as a time to come in, meet with the coach, turn in registration materials, and make sure your child is registered for tryouts. The entire process should take 20 to 30 minutes. 

Please note that your child will not be able to try out for basketball or soccer if they are not completely registered with the Athletic Department. Even if you believe you have all forms in, you must attend and confirm you are registered and have paid the sports fee. If you have any questions about the process, please email Director of Athletics David Baginski at We look forward to seeing you there!

Christians in Service Club

During Homecoming Week all Upper School students will have the chance to compete against each other and earn points to win the spirit stick! The Christians in Service Club is holding a daily contest to win points and help our community at the same time. 

Here are the different competitions:

  • Multiplicity Monday: Students can bring in baby items such as diapers and baby wipes.
  • Timeline Tuesday: Students can bring in gently-worn clothing.
  • Who’s That Wednesday: Students can bring in children’s books, coloring books, and toys.
  • Throwback Thursday: Students can bring in travel-size toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. 

The Christians in Service Club’s theme verse is James 2:18, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” We hope you’ll join us in sharing God’s love next week!

FA To Break Ground On $1.5 Million Athletic Complex

Winter Garden, FL – April 27, 2017 – Foundation Academy opened their doors almost 60 years ago in historic downtown Winter Garden and hasn’t stopped growing since. In 2007 they purchased 75 acres on Tilden Road for a second campus, and this Friday, May 5th, they break ground on their new $1.5 million Athletic Complex. The new complex will include a field, track, lights, press box and seating, scoreboard, goal posts and field house.  The complex will service football, soccer and track programs.

Please come and be a part of this historic groundbreaking ceremony at 10:00am on the south campus located at 15304 Tilden Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787. Leading the ceremony is President, Dave Buckles with School Board President, Vince Higgs and Lead Pastor of First Baptist Winter Garden, Tim Grosshans. All three have played critical roles in planning and executing this long-held goal of Foundation Academy.

The school was founded in 1958 to serve the families in the greater Orlando area by offering a Christ-centered college preparatory program for students from preschool through high school.  While the school’s core mission remains unchanged, additions like the Athletic Complex are just part of how the school continues ‘Building a Foundation For Life.’

For more information, please contact Luanne Lumpkins at 407-877-2744. We hope to see you there!

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SOA Update from School President

Dear FA Families,

You still have time to register for the presentation portion of State of the Academy (SOA), and you must be present to win the $1000.00 giveaway. Now, I know there are some college football fans out there who are probably worried about missing the game Monday night. Well, I am a Clemson fan so don’t you fear. SOA will be over in time for you to get home and watch the game. See you Monday! CLEMSO…..N! GO TIGERS!

Dave Buckles, School President

For more details about the event just click here!

Info on Carline

Dear FA Families,

Thank you for a great beginning to our new school year! We need your help as we create our morning carline routine. Each hold-up in the line risks backing up the entire process.

Here are some reminders regarding our morning carline on the South Campus:

  • Please remember that time in class is precious. If your child is not exiting the vehicle prior to 7:30am they may be late to class.
  • Arrival between 7:20am and 7:30am guarantees a smooth experience for your family.
  • Always pull all the way forward as the teachers direct you.
  • Please encourage your child(ren) to hurry out once the vehicle comes to a safe stop.
  • Do not for any reason drop off in front of the gym. This slows the process down for everyone.

The specific procedures are listed below.  Thank you for your patience as we work together to improve this process.

Robert East, Upper School Assistant Principal


To arrive in class on time, students should arrive on campus before 7:30 AM. In order to keep traffic moving, parents dropping off students in the carline should follow these guidelines:

  • As space opens, please pull forward all the way around the “U” in front of the building to drop off your student.
  • Students may only exit their cars in front of the main school building and along the walkway to the parking lot.
  • No student may exit a car in front of the gym.
  • Please pull away as soon as possible after your child has safely exited your vehicle.
  • Please do not pass cars on the left as this holds up the flow of traffic.
  • Speeds should be kept below 15 MPH in the parking lot
  • Please do not use your cell phone for any reason while driving in the carline.
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