Excellence. Caring. Opportunities. Success. Support. Character. It’s a long list when selecting a school, so we appreciate your interest in Cape Fear Academy. Please explore our website to envision how our faculty, students and programs can create a compelling, personalized learning experience for your child. Then bring that vision to life by visiting our campus and encountering firsthand the vibrant sense of community, engagement and variety that is Cape Fear Academy – from the dynamism of the three-year-olds in our Little Explorers program to the accomplished versatility of our college-bound seniors.

Whether you start your discovery through our viewbook or a personal contact, we are excited to begin that journey with you… as together we begin to Go Further. If you have any questions about the admission process, contact Nelda Nutter, Director of Admission, at nelda.nutter@capefearacademy.org, or 910.791.0287 ext. 1015.

What Sets us apart

This foundation is key to stellar college acceptance and performance. 100% of our graduates go to college; 80% are accepted at their school of first choice including our nation’s most competitive schools. They graduate high school with the social, emotional and academic skills to succeed… in college, and life.

And they do succeed. Our students graduate college in four years at nearly three times the national average, with grade point averages significantly above their peers.
The success of our students both at CFA and beyond comes from deliberate planning, compassionate guidance, and deep relationships that begin early.
By embracing the whole child throughout their academic careers, we turn students into adults who are ready to realize their full potential.

Leadership. It’s never been more critical to a student’s success in school, at home, in the community, and later in life.

By weaving leadership traits into our academics, advisory, and extracurricular activities, and by teaching behaviors, instilling confidence, recognizing outcomes, and championing the best leader each student can become, we shape leaders today, and build rewards that last a lifetime.

Distinct among our regional and national peers, Leaders For Life goes beyond skill development to inspire minds, build character, enrich perspectives, and celebrate leaders who will one day change the world.


There’s a presenter in all of us. Our Speaking For Success program has been carefully developed to bring every student’s inner orator out.

We believe that when a student speaks often, they gain a lot. That’s why the opportunities to become a confident and inspiring presenter are embedded into our academic, social, and extracurricular programs from the very beginning of a student’s career.

From presenting a color study as a Little Explorer to giving a Ted Talk as a senior, Speaking For Success allows students to master the art of public speaking one support-filled experience at a time, gaining powerful skills that will benefit them throughout their college, professional, and personal lives.

Tuition, Value & Affordability

As part of Cape Fear Academy’s mission to develop individual potential and prepare students for success in college and life, we strive to make our exceptional educational experience available to talented, motivated students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.

Please contact us; we look forward to partnering with you to select your best options for this important educational investment.


“CFA is the best investment we ever made.” – father of a current CFA student and two graduates It’s never too soon to invest in an educational experience that changes the trajectory of your child’s life — developing intellect and character, and inspiring respect, integrity, resilience, and accountability. Those results make this investment invaluable: ranging from preschoolers who read early and reason mathematically to alumni who lead and innovate in careers and communities. Come see for yourself what generations of CFA families have found: we help students reach their full potential. “I appreciate the personal attention, deep relationships and small class size.” -Alumna and mother of 4 CFA students


One Pay Plan: requires a deposit of $750, with the balance payable by May 15. This plan is available for current students until May 15, and for new students who enroll after that date. Tuition Refund Insurance (TRP) is optional, but available at additional cost and is recommended.

Two Pay Plan: requires a deposit of $750 and two payments: the first by May 15, and the final by November 15. TRP is required. 

Monthly Pay Plan: The Monthly Plan requires an additional processing fee of $200. The balance is paid monthly by bank draft via FACTS. Monthly payments can be made in 12 payments from April to March. Tuition and fees must be paid in full by March 31, regardless of when the monthly payments begin. TRP is required under this plan. 

In support of developing a diverse and inclusive community, we consider financial assistance applications from qualified K-12 students who otherwise would be unable to enroll. We are committed to work hard on affordability issues for families who share our goal of reaching the full potential of each child and who seek to contribute positively to the life of our school community. Grants are CFA-funded awards to students who need financial assistance. Click Here for information about the process, qualifications, and criteria for CFA’s financial grants program for grades K-12.

CFA’s families include those who can pay full tuition plus contribute to the Annual Fund, as well as those who require assistance to make enrollment affordable. No matter where one is in that range, no one really pays full cost of a CFA education, because the cost of that excellence exceeds even our top tuition. However, generous donations make up the difference, affirming our community’s investment in the value of our school. Whether you have questions about costs or benefits, please speak with us. Our story doesn’t stop with numbers, and your child’s doesn’t have to either.

Tuition for 2022/2023:

  • LE and K: $13,800
  • 1st and 2nd: $16,450
  • 3rd-5th: $18,525
  • 6th-8th: $20,500
  • 9th-12th: $21,350

Required class trips and senior class Outward Bound, athletic team and performing arts travel, special materials, textbooks (Lower School only), reading and math specialists for Lower School, and math and writing labs for Middle and Upper School.

Lunch, contracted tutoring or transportation services, personal student supplies, textbooks (grades 6-12 only), the cost for optional activities, trips, and/or purchases, and the one-time Capital Assessment Fee. Upon initial enrollment, each student is assessed $2,500, paid over three or four years, depending on grade at entry. The maximum assessment per family is $5,000.

Before/After-School Care
Learning Skills Program
Private Music Instruction

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