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Foundation Academy: Reaching New Heights

One School. Three Campuses. All Christ-Centered.

Foundation Academy (FA) is a PreK3 through 12th grade private, Christ-centered college preparatory school that was founded in 1958 as a ministry of Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church. It has grown to include three campuses, including the brand new FA Lakeside campus located at First Baptist Church Windermere Lakeside. 

The new 40-acre campus features a large indoor auditorium, a school office, an enrichment classroom, and one kindergarten classroom with additional grade levels to be added each year. Students also have the opportunity to learn valuable life skills through subjects such as math, science, social studies, and more in an outdoor classroom.

Foundation Academy is more than a stop along the way in the educational process; it is an experience in learning that lasts a lifetime and beyond. This experience is made up of four cornerstones of building a foundation for life.


Foundation Academy partners with families and the church to build a firm foundation for life through Christ-centered education. Weekly chapel offers a time of praise and worship, followed by an engaging message centered on thematic lessons from the Bible with practical life application. FA offers a safe, nurturing environment where students can realize their God-given potential while developing academically, spiritually, physically, and socially.


The FA curriculum is carefully chosen for each subject with the highest academic goals in mind. Caring Christian teachers minister to the whole family through the inclusion of Honors, AP and Dual Enrollment offerings as well as unique programs that can assist students with IEPs and 504 plans. This includes the National Institute of Learning Development, Discovery, and TEACH, among others. Foundation Academy is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and AdvancED. With many advanced offerings, seniors are graduating with a great head start on college credits and academic scholarships.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department encourages students to stretch their imaginations and expand their ingenuity. While art celebrates the individuality of each student, a prudent curriculum is both aesthetically and practically educational. A variety of classes in the arts for grades K-12 includes drama, choir, band, visual arts, as well as an expanded media production department that focuses on content creation. Technology options include middle and high school competitive robotics among other offerings.


FA’s student-athletes are pushed to develop “the heart of a lion,” a bold heart that confronts adversity with strength, dignity, and wisdom, desiring to face fear when others will not, while loyally protecting others. Many continue their chosen sport at the collegiate level, often with generous scholarships. 

A variety of athletic opportunities exist for elementary through high school. Exceptional facilities include two softball fields, a baseball field with expanded hitting and pitching facilities, football, soccer, and lacrosse fields, an expanded multi-purpose athletic training field, a full double-sized gymnasium with two regulation-size basketball courts, three volleyball courts and weight room. FA competes as part of the Florida High School Athletic Association. With the growing student body, sports are added each year. Swimming, lacrosse, weight lifting and sand volleyball teams were added this school year.

FA is proud to have been voted Orlando Style Magazine’s Reader’s Choice “Best Private Christian School” for three years and running. Schedule a tour to learn about all the school has to offer.

Plant Street

(PreK – 6th Grade)

125 E. Plant Street; Winter Garden, FL 34787


Lakeside Campus

(Kindergarten – 1st Grade)

8464 Winter Garden Vineland Road; Orlando, FL 32836


Tilden Campus

(7th – 12th Grade)

15304 Tilden Road; Winter Garden, FL 34787



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Written by Lyndsay Fogarty

Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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