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First Academy

12920 Highway 9 North
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(770) 475-5199


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First Academy offers a variety of childcare services for families with children from Infants to 5th grade. We understand your need for quality, loving child care, flexible hours, and affordable tuition. It is our mission to make sure all of our children Feel the Love while getting the most out of their preschool experience. Our professionally designed, thematic curriculum provides your children with the preschool experience they deserve.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

1,2,3's and A,B,C's are only the beginning of what your child will learn at First Academy.Give additional insight on the philosophy of your school's approach to learning here.Music, Physical Fitness, Spanish and Reading Readiness are among the enrichment programs we offer. Our Classrooms are organized into "learning environments" where the children can find the toys, games and materials related by theme, interests and skills. Learning environments are an excellent way to individualize the curriculum to meet the varying needs of young children. We offer a healthy mixture of teacher-directed and child-directed activities which foster independence and optimal development. Most importantly, we will make sure your child is happy, safe and cherished.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Spanish Music Soccer Basketball

From the Director:

At First Academy, we offer days packed full of activities. All of our activities help the social and academic development of children. Kids learn best when they are having fun! We tailor our lessons to each child's unique learning style. Whether your child is a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner our activities will engage and inspire! Our activities include: Singing Dance Reading Outdoor play Counting Social development Story time Games Large and fine motor skill development Circle time Cooking Letter & Number recognition Character building activities

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers pass a rigorous screening process and we are fully licensed by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Also, we are proud to have been named one of the Governor's Centers of Distinction. Many of our teachers have degrees early childhood education and child development or are currently working toward that goal. We require all of our staff members to be First Aid and CPR Certified. Additionally, teachers are required to attend staff development classes and workshops throughout the year.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to create an environment that gives children the love, attention, tenderness and opportunities they deserve, offering them a safe environment which allows them to explore and grow. At First Academy, we give children hands-on learning experiences which foster an enthusiasm for learning. We read and sing to the children every day. We believe that positive reinforcement is important for children to develop a positive self-esteem. Children need an environment that supports free expression and stimulates learning. At First Academy, we make sure that every child is involved in stimulating activities every day. Children learn best when they are having fun. Early childhood only comes around once in a lifetime and it is so important that children feel cherished and have fun!

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Handling Separation: From the Director

We are not part of a chain or franchise; we are literally a three-generation, Mom and Pop shop. My husband, Mr. Blake works by my side each day and wears many hats: cook, plumber, office manager, teacher aide, director, and father (we have three children and our youngest daughter, Lucky is 4). Blake is a huge part of our success and you as parents get the benefit of knowing there is almost always an owner on-site. Semi-retired GiGi (Mom) is still in the house at least one day a week. Please come by for a tour anytime and Feel the Love.