Welcome from the head of school

I am proud to introduce you to Wilmington’s leading private academy, 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, who distinguish themselves through DIBELS literacy scores beyond the first grade level, to our oldest students whose Advanced Placement Test scores are among the nation’s best, 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.

What an excellent time for your family to consider joining the CFA community.  I hope you will visit and experience firsthand CFA’s exceptional program and facilities, and I greatly appreciate your interest in Cape Fear Academy.

Ed Ellison, Head of School


Cape Fear Academy Board of Trustees

Cape Fear Academy’s Board of Trustees stewards the school’s mission and values by establishing strategic goals and policies, while allocating Cape Fear Academy’s resources through the careful consideration of annual operating budgets. The board also works in tandem with the head of school and admin­istrators to focus on long-range and strategic planning efforts that ensure Cape Fear Academy remains the premier independent school in southeastern North Carolina. Cape Fear Academy board members are committed to the success of the school, and observe the highest ethical standards and principles of fiscal integrity.

Top row: Jason Dahl, Elizabeth Wells, Raiford Trask ’79, Bill Anlyan, Sandra Williams ’82 (past chair), David Sweyer, Matt Scharf, Donald Berger, Pete Dugan
Bottom row: Diane Beecher, Hal Wells ’93 (treasurer), Porter Young (vice chair), David Sprunt ’85 (chair), Louise Mann ’90 (secretary), Katharine Sullivan ’85, Kurt Taylor ’07
Not Pictured: Peter Kane, Janet Tucker

Strategic Plan 2018-2023

Creating Cape Fear Academy’s next Strategic Plan: Enriching Today, Inspiring Tomorrow 2018 – 2023 is one of the most important and exciting responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and the result will determine where we will focus our resources in the next five years. This plan will positively impact every student.