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Quick Glance


Cape Fear Academy is in compliance with all standards of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and AdvanED/SACS accreditation process. Its five-year reaccreditation process was completed in the fall of 2013. Additional professional memberships include: the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS), the Educational Records Bureau (ERB), Independent School Management Consortium (ISM), and the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB).


The school is situated on a 27-acre campus.  Present facilities include four classroom buildings, the Beane-Wright Student Center, a new Athletic Center (with classrooms), and a new Fine Arts Building, as well as athletic fields and a tennis facility. Additionally, athletic fields are developed across from our campus entrance on College Road on a nine-acre tract, which includes an artificial turf field.


In the present enrollment model, there are two Prekindergartens of 16 students, and two sections of 18 students each in Kindergarten. Grades 1-5 typically enroll 20 students per grade. Grades 6-8 have up to 60 students divided into three sections while the Upper School has a maximum of 70 in each grade.  Middle and Upper School academic sections are comprised of up to 21 students.


Cape Fear Academy was incorporated in 1966 and opened its doors in September of 1967. The first class graduated in 1971. It was named for the original Cape Fear Academy, an independent school for boys in Wilmington that operated from 1868 until 1916.


The Academy is owned and operated by a not-for-profit corporation governed by an elected Board of Trustees and is a 501(c)(3) organization unaffiliated with any other institution, group, or church. The Board is comprised of parents and alumni. The purpose of the Board is to set the mission, determine the long- and short-range goals, and assure that the Headmaster has adequate financial resources to meet the Board's goals and the school's mission.

The Headmaster is hired by the Board as the chief educator as well as chief operating and administrative officer of the school. The Head implements the policies of the school and the decisions of the Board. He or she is responsible for anticipating the developing needs of the school, the general supervision and management of all aspects of the school's operations including curriculum, day-to-day operations, preparation of the annual budget, participation in fundraising activities, and the engagement/termination of faculty and staff.

There are directors for each of the three divisions of the school. These directors, along with the Director of Admission, Business Manager, Director of Development, Athletic Director, Director of Technology, Executive Assistant to the Headmaster, and Director of College Placement make up the Administrative Team.