The Foundation Academy is fully accredited by AdvancED. Our academic programs follow Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and we do not require FCAT testing for our students. Students are prepared for the academic challenges facing them as they move forward in life. Our graduates achieve 100% college acceptance.
The Foundation Academy (K-12th grade) focuses on team collaboration, skill building, and inquiry; infused with arts as the key to the development of critical thinking, self-discipline, and confidence. TFA’S education model includes Project Based Learning education with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). This allows all students to bring to the table high-order thinking along with their individual strengths.
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!
-Susan Riley, Arts Integration Specialist
The pathway to STEAM is exciting, but can also be dangerous without an understanding of what STEAM truly means in both its intention and its implementation. Like its STEM predecessor, STEAM can stop short of its best manifestation without several core components:
What is Project Inquiry Based Learning (PIBL) as described by Buck Institute of Education?
Project Inquiry Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Essential Elements of PIBL include:
There are 15 Essential Skills used daily at TFA. The skills listed below are used by teachers and students to promote higher order thinking. Essential skills are a tool for understanding, applying, and communicating knowledge, and developing social and emotional maturity.
The Foundation Academy graduates have gone on to much success since the school’s founding in 1988. TFA graduates are prepared to critically think, innovate and work collaboratively. These skills are what support great community members, employees, business owners, and happy families.
The Foundation Academy encourages all our seniors to further their education through post-secondary endeavors by completing a degree or certification program at a state or private college. Some students choose to enter one of our military branches.
During a TFA students senior year they will:
Participate in Community Service Projects – Seniors develop community service projects and are required to complete a senior exit portfolio demonstrating the qualifications to be a TFA graduate who is prepared for post-secondary life.
Visit local colleges – Visits are arranged to tour and learn about options for study as well as scholarship opportunities at FSCJ, UNF, JU and other local college campuses. Speakers representing the different majors from these colleges are invited to come and expound on what their schools offer.
Take courses under Studio School – This program supports a successful transition for our students entering post-secondary life. Skills in personal financial literacy, resume writing and application writing are part of the Studio School. Internships are arranged that expose students to jobs in industries such as medical, sales and construction that often includes paid internships in specialty building skills. TFA partners with organizations in the community that offer these programs. Many field trips are arranged to businesses, government, hospitals, parks and such, to expose our students throughout the years to post-secondary options.
Student Led Conferences This important opportunity allows parents to engage with the senior advisors for a productive year. Seniors along with parents discuss report cards just like underclassmen, but is a time for parents to attend with any and all questions about graduation, internship programs, financial aid and beyond. Should any student or parent have questions, Anne Bruno, Academic Advisor, is available for individual appointments or questions.
The Foundation Academy admits any student regardless of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin.
3675 San Pablo Rd. S
Jacksonville, FL 32224
P 904 493 7300
F 904 821 1247
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