Cape Fear Academy

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Cape Fear Academy
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Cape Fear Academy is located in North Carolina
Cape Fear Academy
Cape Fear Academy
3900 S College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Coordinates Coordinates: 34°10′14″N 77°53′36″W / 34.170651°N 77.893376°W / 34.170651; -77.893376
Type Private
Founded 1968
Headmaster Donald S. Berger
Campus size 27 acres (11 ha)
Last updated: 7 December 2017

Cape Fear Academy is a PK3-12 school located in Wilmington, North Carolina. It is a coeducational day school with 600 students and is a non-profit organization unaffiliated with any other institution, group, or church. The modern school was established in 1968 as segregation academy[1][2]. It was named for the original Cape Fear Academy, an independent school for boys in Wilmington that operated from 1868 until 1916. The present school's first class graduated in 1971.


The school was founded as a segregation academy in response to the court ordered integration of public schools. The Klu Klux Klan was reported to have helped raise funds to establish the school.[1][3][4]


In the present enrollment model, there is one Prekindergarten(ages 3.5 to 5) of 18 students, and Kindergarten through Grade 5 classes have two sections of 20 students each. Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12) academic sections are composed of no more than 25 students[citation needed], with up to 75 students enrolled in each of those grades. Cape Fear Academy has enjoyed a stable enrollment; 93% of its students re-enrolled after the 2009-2010 school year[citation needed].

The school is situated on a 27 acres (11 ha) campus. Present facilities include two classroom buildings, a gymnasium with six classrooms, and the Beane-Wright Student Center, as well as athletic fields and a tennis facility. Additionally, athletic fields, including a synthetic-turf field and the John B. Meehl Field House are located across from the campus entrance on College Road on a 9 acres (3.6 ha) tract.


Cape Fear Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and also by the Southern Association of Independent Schools. The school is also an active member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, the Educational Records Bureau, the Independent School Management Consortium, and the College Entrance Examination Board. Cape Fear Academy offers two types of financial aid: need-based and merit. Approximately 18% of the student body receives some type of financial aid[citation needed], with the bulk of the awards benefiting students in the Middle and Upper School.[citation needed]

Student Activities[edit]

Beginning in seventh grade, students may participate in interscholastic athletics. Approximately 89% of the Middle School students play at least one sport during their tenure. In Upper School, about 93% of the student body plays on at least one team[citation needed] and 60% participate in two or more sports.[citation needed] The athletic program makes it possible for all students to have an opportunity in at least one sport per season.

Upper School has an extensive list of clubs for students ranging from the Beta Club and the Diversity Club to the Surfing Club. Students are encouraged to create clubs where there are groups of interest and a faculty sponsor.

The Upper School has theater program. Approximately 30% of the student body participates in drama as performers or in technology support.[citation needed] Drama presentations include a range of original and well-known pieces from Shakespeare to musical theater. Performances are held on campus, as well as in local community venues, such as Thalian Hall.

The Upper School has an active student-government association, which includes a branch devoted to community service. Students in Upper School must complete 72 hours of service. One of the student-government vice presidents is charged with facilitating this part of student life[citation needed]. A student judicial council makes recommendations for disciplinary infractions.


Cape Fear Academy has a long history of 100% of its graduates being accepted to four-year colleges.[citation needed] The school offers an array of Advanced Placement courses and 90% of the student body in Upper School takes an AP class before graduation.[citation needed] CFA students taking AP courses are required to take the course exam; 94% of the exams taken by CFA students in May 2012 scored as 3, 4, or 5 (the level most colleges accept for credit).

Graduates of CFA have a positive track record in college with a 66% rate[citation needed] of CFA alumni completing their college careers in 4 years or fewer (national average 29%)[citation needed].

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b Eaton, Hubert Arthur (1984). Every Man Should Try. Bonaparte Press. 
  2. ^ Godwin, John L. (2000). Black Wilmington and the North Carolina Way: Portrait of a Community in the Era of Civil Rights Protest. University Press of America. ISBN 9780761816829. 
  3. ^ "KKK Accused of Interfering with Head Start". Asheville Citizen Times. June 8, 1967. p. 13. 
  4. ^ "Klue Klux Klan Responsible for Cut of Funds". Kingsport Times. June 6, 1967. p. 21. 
  5. ^ a b c "Welcome to Wrightsville Beach Magazine". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  6. ^ Shuford, Reggie (2017-05-29). "My graduation from a "segregation academy"". Reggie Shuford. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 

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