Cape Fear Academy

Cape Fear Academy is a learning community committed to discovering and developing individual potential, preparing each student for success in college and life.Cape Fear Academy enjoys a stellar reputation throughout North Carolina for academic excellence.
From our youngest students, 3 year-old Little Explorers, to our oldest students, Cape Fear Academy students are top achievers.
Cape Fear Academy is much more than academic excellence.
We offer students boundless opportunities to explore co-curricular interests and develop new passions.
Over 90% of our students play an interscholastic sport, 100% are involved in the fine and performing arts, and we offer numerous after school activities and clubs for students at every grade level. Cape Fear Academy offers 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1967

Student Body

Total Students652 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Cape Fear Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers69 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses22 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, 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 score1259
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Some requirements based on grade level.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$18,850
Tuition NotesTuition for 2019/2020:LE and K: $11,4001st and 2nd: $13,9753rd-5th: $16,2956th-8th: $17,9509th-12th: $18,850
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorNelda Nutter
Admissions AssociateAlison Reid


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCheering,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Surf TeamSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.35 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

Club or Organization:
Azalea Festival Youth Committee, Bring Change To Mind, Coding Club, Debate Team, FIRST Robotics, Gay/Straight Alliance, Green Club, Head of School Advisory Club, High Tide, Improv, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model United Nations UN, National History Day, National Ocean Sciences Bowl, Quill and Scroll, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, The FEAR, The Paw Project, Yearbook, Youth and Government
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Wilmington
    Grades: NS-12 | 800 students
    6.8 miles
    1401 N College Rd
    Wilmington, NC 28405
    (910) 791-4248
    6.8 NS-12
  • Wilmington
    Grades: K-5 | 93 students
    0.2 miles
    3705 S College Rd
    Wilmington, NC 28412
    (910) 392-5209
    0.2 K-5
  • Wilmington
    Grades: PK-8 | 327 students
    2.5 miles
    806 Piner Rd
    Wilmington, NC 28409
    (910) 392-2067
    2.5 PK-8
  • Wilmington
    Grades: 6-12 | 39 students
    4 miles
    3110 Randall Pkwy 1
    Wilmington, NC 28403
    (910) 343-3321
    4 6-12
  • Goldsboro
    Summit Christian Academy
    (Assembly of God)
    Grades: PK-8 | 185 students
    83.2 miles
    3000 Summit Rd
    Goldsboro, NC 27534
    (919) 759-2002
    83.2 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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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The average private school tuition in Wilmington, NC is $9,719 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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