First Baptist Academy exists to assist parents by providing an excellent classical education that fosters a Biblical worldview, striving to equip students to impact the world for Christ.




we believe a classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind called the trivium.



| Elementary |

The elementary years at FBA are spent absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. These years are called the grammar stage – not because we spend them focusing on English grammar, but because they are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid! In the elementary years, the mind is capable of absorbing large amounts of information. Children at this age actually find memorization fun! We focus on rote memory & repetition as methods of learning. During this stage, education also involves the learning of facts. The fundamentals of phonics, rules of grammar, Latin & Spanish vocabulary, descriptions of plants, animals, and the human body, the mechanics of mathematics, important historical events, Bible history – the list goes on! All of the information gained during the grammar stage – elementary years – comprises the basic building blocks for the second stage of education: the logic stage.


| Middle School |

In the FBA Middle School, students learn to think more analytically. Our students are less focused on finding out facts than on asking “Why?” In this part, the logic stage, the student begins to pay attention to cause and effect, to the relationships between different fields of knowledge, and to the way facts fit together in a logical way. During these years, the students begin algebra and the study of logic, and begin to apply logic & reason to all academic subjects. The logic of writing, for example, includes paragraph construction and learning to support a thesis; the logic of reading involves the criticism and analysis of texts, not simple absorption of information; the logic of history demands that the students find out why the War of 1812 was fought, rather than simply reading its story; the logic of science requires that the student learn the scientific method; the logic of Latin expands on the vocabulary and basic grammar concepts learned in the grammar stage and applies those things to diagramming and translating. These years transition our students to the final stage of the education process, the rhetoric stage.


| Upper School |

In the Upper School, the final part of a classical education, the rhetoric stage, builds on the first two. The student of rhetoric applies the rule of logic learned in middle school to the foundational information learned in the elementary grades and expresses conclusions in clear, forceful, elegant language. Students also have the opportunity to focus on specific branches of FBA student life & extra curricular activities that appeal them; these are the years for art camps, college courses, foreign travel, apprenticeships, and other forms of specialized training. The Upper School at FBA desires to develop and equip leaders. Students learn to take information that they’ve learned and communicate it; both orally & written. They should be able to convey what they believe & why they believe it. We also provide classes in which students are trained as leaders in the FBA community. One example is our Worship Arts class, in which students plan and implement weekly chapel services. We want to see our students go on to be godly, productive leaders in their families, churches, communities, and careers.


| Conclusion |

A First Baptist Academy classical education, then, follows a specific three-part pattern: the mind must be first supplied with facts and images; then, it must be given the logical tools for organization of facts; finally, it must be equipped to express conclusions.



We share the deep conviction that the Lord Jesus Christ is to be preeminent in everything (Colossians 1:13-23). We are called to be Christ centered in all that we are and in all that we do.  We seek to build a culture where students are introduced to an understanding and appreciation of God, His creation and grace, and to humanity’s accountability to Him in all things.  To be a Christ-centered school calls for us to establish the priority of worship and service while seeking to develop a generation of students who can impact the world for Christ.


The biblical world view is the governing perspective that God is the authority and source of all truth. He has revealed in Scripture everything we need to know in all aspects of life (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  Our conviction is that all truth is God’s truth and that there is no contradiction between God’s truth made known to us in Scripture (special revelation) and that which is known through creation (general revelation).


The purpose of a school is to come alongside the parents in helping to rear up a child in good conduct and education. First Baptist Academy is a very family involved school. Whether it be at a high school basketball game, having barbecue at the fall family picnic, or an awards chapel downstairs, family is an integral working part in the functionality of FBA. Not only does the school involve the family, but the students themselves are as a family. When major events occur in the life of a student we gather as a school to pray for them. The school students are involved in the lives of one another- from kindergarten to senior year, FBA students live and breathe as a family.



Excellence is a distinctive quality that marks every Christian who takes seriously the command, and whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men (Colossians 3:23). The evidence of this conviction is seen in an individual’s character, respect for authority, work-ethic, and motivation. It is our desire that all we do is for the glory of God alone.


The burden for every student to achieve their greatest potential in the acquisition of the knowledge of truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4) lies on the heart of the founders, faculty and staff of FBA.  Maintaining a high academic standard and culture requires unyielding diligence to this effort. We believe academic achievement is best accomplished by all activities being intentionally geared to help students acquire the facts and skills needed to meet the challenges of the classical model of Christian education.  We are committed to prayerfully seeing every student grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52).



God’s call to take the gospel into all the world (Matthew 28:19-20), is a command to intentionally cross cultural, language, geographical and socio-economic barriers to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are committed to affording FBA faculty, staff and students with the equipping and opportunities to personally participate in the fulfillment of this command.



FBA is committed to seeing that students are daily empowered to become leaders whether it be at home, at school, or in their individual communities.  Every child’s leadership potential is assessed and encouraged so that he or she will have the tools to become capable, influential, Christ-like leaders in society.




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First Baptist Academy

7706 Ewing Road

Powell, TN 37849

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