FA To Break Ground On $1.5 Million Athletic Complex

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

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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.

Fall Festival Picture Gallery!

We had our annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 5th, and this year’s festival was like no other! We had over 500 people come together to celebrate the start of a new season with a farmer’s market, food trucks, and carnival fun! We want to say a BIG thank you to our PAWS organization and all our volunteers who made Saturday’s event such a success. Please enjoy the festival’s picture gallery below!

Fall Festival 2016


American Sign Language Class-Makes a Video!

We love offering diverse classes at FA, including American Sign Language (ASL) classes. ASL fulfills a foreign language requirement here at FA and is a great class option, especially for visual learners. According to our ASL teacher Mandy David, “It’s very visual. So if you’re a visual learner then it’s a great fit. And we have many deaf people in the community–if we learn sign language then we have a whole culture we can impact.”

Mrs. David knows this personally, as she has been involved in the deaf community for years. “My dad is deaf, so I’ve been signing all my life. I also run my own interpreting agency.” This is Mrs. David’s first year teaching, and she is already seeing her students flourish. “All of the students are very talented,” she said. “They work hard, and I love teaching every single one of them.”

For a recent class assignment, the students made a video of themselves signing the words from Matthew 28, verses 18 through 20. To watch the video and see our students putting their new skills to use, click the link below!

ASL II Class: Signing Matthew 28:18-20




Donuts for Dads Celebration!

Kindergarten hosted their annual Donuts for Dads Celebration this week! The classrooms were full of eager dads and excited students who wanted to share what they had made for their dads. Together, the dads and students then built a boat with aluminum foil to see if it would float. This stem project is just one example of the STEM projects our kindergartners experience every week. A lot of dads were also able to stay and enjoy chapel with their children. We are thankful for every dad who joined in our celebration and hope you enjoy the photo gallery below!

2016-2017 Foundation Academy Annual Fund

Meeting the general operating needs of Foundation Academy remains crucial to our ability to maintain our academic excellence. The Annual Fund enables Foundation Academy to enhance the operating income needed over and above revenues received through tuition dollars. Your gift–no matter the amount–to the Annual Fund is essential to providing a well-balanced educational program that focuses on growing the academic, spiritual, social, and emotional aspects of each student.

A Foundation Academy education builds a strong foundation for life–from the inside out. At each grade level, fine arts, athletics, and a wide array of enrichment and life skills classes complement a challenging academic curriculum. The school partners with family and church in preparing students to lead and impact the world for Christ. Through intentional Biblical teaching and personal faith, our mentoring faculty teach students not what to think, but how to think. This truly is an education with a higher purpose. Your gift is critical to creating this unique and comprehensive program.

Specifically, your tax-deductible gift contributes to so many of our school’s programs and activities including:

  • STEM programming
  • Campus improvements and maintenance
  • Professional development for teachers and staff
  • State-of-the-art technology for students
  • Resources for college counselors
  • Support for athletics and the arts

Make your tax-deductible gift by going online to For questions or to make your gift via phone, please call Luanne Lumpkins at 407-877-2744, ext. 115.

We hope every family will support this year’s Annual Fund.  Every gift counts and every gift makes a difference! We appreciate your support!

Fall Festival-Just Around the Corner!

Join us on November 5th for the FA Fall Festival from 3pm to 7pm on the South Campus! There will be a farmer’s market/bazaar with over 40 vendors and counting, 4 different food trucks, a silent auction, a carnival, and so much more! Tickets will be available beginning the week of 10/24. Make sure to buy early—you don’t want to miss this fun-filled event for the whole family!

FA 2016 Homecoming

Our 2016 Homecoming Game was Friday, September 30th against Cornerstone Charter, and FA dominated with a final score of 61-0. The whole night was a celebration of school spirit, including our Homecoming Ceremony which took place during halftime. Our Homecoming Court made their grand entrance in vintage cars before Jordan Boast and Samantha Wilber were announced as our 2016 Homecoming King and Queen. When asked about her new title, Samantha said, “I was not expecting to be queen but am so honored that my classmates would think of me this highly. I was so blessed to be on court with such a good group of students and am so glad God is glorified through all of this!”

Last year’s Homecoming King and Queen–David Orlando and Mattie Strong–also took part in the ceremony. These alumni were joined by other FA graduates who congregated at a special V.I.P. tent just for them. Luanne Lumpkins, our Director of Advancement, oversaw the tent and alumni activities. “We hope the alumni who were able to come felt special and enjoyed their All Access Pass, Special Seating, and dinner at the game,” said Lumpkins.

Alumni, current students, staff, and families all had plenty to cheer about as Jaquane Patterson took the opening kick off 80 yards to the house to open the game. Patterson rushed for 159 yards and scored a total of four touchdowns. Evan Thompson had an 18 yard touchdown run; Lester Axson had a 33 yard touchdown run; and Lance Axson had a 30 yard touchdown run. Luke Chase had a 39 yard touchdown reception from Jacob Titus, and Elijah Colon had a 20 yard touchdown reception delivered from his brother Chai Colon. Chaz Cannon was 7 for 7 on extra points. Defensively, Evan Thompson, Eddie Loos, Evan Fitzgibbon, Lance Axson, Lester Axson, Kyle Krueger, Cory Rahman, Warren Sapp, and Gian Reyes all had strong performances. In the end, our Lions clinched a state playoff birth for the third straight season!

Both on and off the field, our Homecoming Game was a unifying event that gave everyone the chance to rally together and celebrate FA. Go Lions!

Hurricane Information

Dear Foundation Academy families,

Foundation Academy will be closed Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th.  School will resume Tuesday, October 11th. This decision was made to prioritize the safety of students and staff. This will allow our families to prepare for potential effects from Hurricane Matthew.  All Foundation Academy activities, on and off campus, are cancelled beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday, Oct. 8th.

The playing of the Varsity Football game scheduled for Saturday evening will be determined Saturday morning by 9:00 am and families will be notified by email as to the decision.

Soccer try-outs for girls Varsity and Middle School teams (6th – 12th grade) has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, 3:30pm on the South Campus soccer field.

As we look at the scheduled completion of our first academic quarter of Friday, October 7, we have made a change to accommodate the academic needs of our students. The following dates are now in place:

End of first Quarter – Wednesday, October 12
Report cards issued – Wednesday, October 19


All assessments, assignments and/or projects due on Thursday, October 6 are now due on Tuesday, October 11.

All assessments, assignments and/or projects due on Friday, October 7 are now due on Wednesday, October 12.

Foundation Academy Administration Team

Please keep in mind that while we typically follow Orange County for school closing, we may not follow for reopening.

As stated in the Student Parent Handbook:

Emergency situations:

  1. Storm days: Foundation Academy will generally follow Orange County Public School’s decision about suspending school on storm days. However, we determine when we reopen, which may not be the same as OCPS. For return date following school closing do one of the following:
  2. Listen to local television news, Z88.3, or WDBO (96.5FM)
  3. Check Foundation Academy’s website (
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