Head of School announces 55% Increase in Applications for 2021-22

Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, Cape Fear Academy experienced an exceptional first half of the school year. At a time when many children in the Wilmington area did not set foot on a school campus, CFA students were learning in person with their teachers and classmates every day. For students who elected to learn remotely, as well as those who were required to quarantine temporarily, their remote learning experience was enhanced considerably by the investments in technology and faculty training CFA made over the summer. Even during the recent two-week period of remote learning, CFA received numerous compliments from parents about the strength of our virtual program.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the hard work of our talented, caring, and loyal teachers – those trusted adults who know, love, and challenge our children,” said Cape Fear Academy Head of School Ed Ellison. “Boasting about our rigorous academic program at Cape Fear Academy doesn’t tell the whole story. Even though we wear masks and stay six feet apart, our students continue to enjoy offerings in the arts, physical education, athletics and a variety of clubs and activities.”

To achieve this, CFA had to make many adjustments to traditional pedagogy and routines. In the midst of a global pandemic, CFA is determined to deliver our mission of discovering and developing individual potential, preparing each student for success in college and life.

One need only look to CFA’s recent record of college acceptances to discover that CFA does indeed prepare students for college. In a year in which the world has been turned upside down, UNC – Chapel Hill admitted 60% of the Class of 2020 applicants, as compared to the statewide average of fewer than 23%. The story was similar at NC State, where CFA students received admittance at the rate of 70%. In addition, 53% of the Class of 2020 enrolled in colleges and universities outside the state of North Carolina. The CFA college counseling team works with our students to ensure they find the best fit for their next chapter in life.

The word is out; CFA’s excellence is about more than just college statistics. Families across the Cape Fear Region are coming to appreciate the value of an investment in a Cape Fear Academy education and they continue to flock to the admissions office. After beginning the school year with a record opening day enrollment, CFA have seen a 55% increase in applications.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning about Cape Fear Academy, reach out to a member of our admission team for more information:

Nelda Nutter, Director of Admission: nelda.nutter@capfeaaracademy.org, 910-218-7190 (Applicants for grades 6-12, international applicants, financial grants)

Alison Reid, Associate Director of Admission: alison.reid@capefearacademy.org, 910-218-7177 (Applicants for preschool-5th grade, admission assessments)

Cape Fear Academy is an PK3 –  grade 12 independent school committed to discovering and developing individual potential, preparing each student for success in college and life.