Cape Fear Academy is a learning community committed to discovering and developing individual potential, preparing each student for success in college and life. We offer a nurturing, close-knit learning community in which each student is truly known and respected.
You can be different and still be accepted here. In this inclusive and caring family atmosphere, talented faculty partner with parents to provide a vibrant continuum of communication and care throughout each student's CFA career..

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 717 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,650
  • Acceptance rate: 78%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Cape Fear Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
717 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade
Cape Fear Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
20 students
Number of AP Courses
22 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus AB/BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Compisition, Environmental Science, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics 1, Physics C, Psychology, Research, Seminar, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art, US Government and Politics, US History, World History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Some requirements based on grade level.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition for 2021/2022:LE and K: $12,650 1st and 2nd: $15,300 3rd-5th: $17,375 6th-8th: $19,350 9th-12th: $20,200
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Nelda Nutter
Admissions Associate
Alison Reid



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
59 extracurriculars
Cooking Club, Habitat for Humanity Club, International Club, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, Youth Legislature

Club or Organization:
Astronomy Club, Automotive Club, Azalea Festival Youth Committee, Book Club, Bring Change To Mind, CFA Skate Club, Chess Club, Coding Club, Debate Team, Ducks Unlimited Chapter/Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, FIRST Robotics, Gaming Team, Global Connections, Green Club, GSA, GSA ( Genders & Sexualities Alliance), Head of School Advisory Club, High Tide, History and NHD Club (formerly Rho Kappa), Improv Club, Investment Club, Kiting Club, Math Team, Medical Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations UN, National History Day, National Honor Society, National Ocean Sciences Bowl, Outreach Service Club, Photography Club, Ping Pong Club, Quill and Scroll, Random Acts of Kindness Club (RAOK), Robotics Team - Mind Over Metal, Self Defense Club, Spanish Club, Spike Ball Club, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Student Government, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Teen Dems, The FEAR, The Paw Project, W.I.L.D. Club, Women's Leadership Club, Yearbook, YMCA Youth and Government, Yoga Club, Young Life Club, Youth and Government

School Notes

Options for individualized and accelerated learning from PK through Upper School AP Classes position students for the best possible colleges and careers. The dynamic multi-faceted curriculum develops the executive functioning and higher order thinking skills that are a hallmark of a CFA student. Top SAT and AP test scores and an exceptional college planning and placement program result in 4 out of 5 graduates earning acceptance to their first-choice college, including many of the nation`s top colleges and universities where our alumni also graduate at higher rates than their peers.
  • CORE PRINCIPLES: Character, Community, Opportunity, and Academic Excellence.
At Cape Fear Academy, a long tradition of high academic standards is grounded in a unique, supportive learning environment in which an incredibly caring and skilled faculty and staff prepare students for success. The CFA experience nurtures capable young adults, empowering them with the skills, confidence, and resilience to take risks, solve problems, and overcome challenges. Small class sizes and rich array of opportunities allow students to explore new horizons, discover their passions, develop unique talents, and embrace the desire to reach their full potential. As a result, students uphold the traditions of academic excellence and achievement for which CFA has a well-earned reputation.
Profile last updated: 09/21/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Cape fear academy has been wonderful for my daughter. She has attended for 6 years now and we have been completely satisfied with the efforts CFA has made to help our daughter grow. Thank you CFA!
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Excellent academics and staff.
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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.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 717 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,650
  • Acceptance rate: 78%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Wilmington, NC is $8,652 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Wilmington, NC is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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