Cape Fear Academy

3900 S College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412-0284
Tel: (910)791-0287
Grades: NS-12 | 573 students
Cape Fear Academy is southeastern North Carolina's only college preparatory day school for grades PK-12.
With an emphasis on critical thinking skills, teachers use both traditional and innovative methodologies to instill a solid base of knowledge in Cape Fear Academy students while developing their ability to apply this to new information.
Students value their close relationships with faculty and the many opportunities to participate in sports, drama, music, art, community service, and extracurricular clubs.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded 1967

Student Body

Total Students 573 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Cape Fear Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 70 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 13 students
Number of AP Courses 11 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1768
Average ACT score 26
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(some requirements based on grade level)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 18 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $15,000
Tuition Notes 3 payment plans (1-pymt, 2-pymt, mnthly) Base tuition:
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Associate Alison Reid


Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBasketballCheering,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Surf TeamSwimming,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Astronomy Club, Chess Club, Cooking Club, Habitat for Humanity Club, International Club, National Honor Society, Outreach Service Club, Photography Club, Student Government, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, Youth Legislature Astronomy Club, Chess Club, Cooking Club, Habitat for Humanity Club,
International Club,
National Honor Society,
Outreach Service Club,
Photography Club,
Student Government,
Students Against Destructive Decisions,
Young Democrats,
Young Republicans,
Youth Legislature,

School Notes:


Profile last updated: 07/03/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Coastal Christian High School Inc (1.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is New Horizons Elementary School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is United Advent Christian Church (1.6 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Wilmington
    Grades: K-5 | 102 students
    0.2 miles
    3705 S College Rd
    Wilmington, NC 28412
  • Wilmington
    Grades: 9-12 | 133 students
    1.2 miles
    709 George Anderson Dr
    Wilmington, NC 28412
  • Wilmington
    United Advent Christian Church
    Daycare / Preschool (Christian)
    Grades: PK-KG | 102 students
    1.6 miles
    4912 South College Road
    Wilmington, NC 28412
  • Wilmington
    Noah's Ark Children's Center
    Daycare / Preschool (Baptist)
    Grades: PK-KG | 94 students
    1.8 miles
    1501 Beasley Rd
    Wilmington, NC 28409
  • Wilmington
    Grades: NS-K | 136 students
    1.8 miles
    3788 Shipyard Blvd
    Wilmington, NC 28403

School Reviews

My child has been at Cape Fear for six years and has loved every minute. The classes are challenging and fun, and she adores her teachers. Beyond the classroom, there are overnight field trips, musicals, band, sports and numerous after-school activities. There is truly something for everyone at CFA.
- Posted by Parent, 11/16/15

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