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About Cape Fear Academy


Students gather in the Upper School Bell Quad outside of Cameron Hall.

Welcome from the Head of School

Ed Ellison, Head of School

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I hope you will spend a few minutes to learn more about Cape Fear Academy and what makes our school experience distinctive.

With just a few clicks, you can read about:

  • the outstanding students and exceptional faculty who make up our inclusive and tight-knit family,
  • our challenging liberal arts curriculum – enhanced by advanced STEM offerings at every grade level and capped off with our robust AP program,
  • our competitive athletics program,
  • our rich array of visual and performing arts offerings,
  • our community service activities, and
  • our exceptional facilities.

But that’s only the beginning; we place special emphasis on instilling character in our students. In thinking about their development, we care most of all what kind of a person each of them is. Since its founding in 1967, Cape Fear Academy has taken pride in graduating outstanding students of character – 87% of whom graduate from our nation’s leading colleges and universities in four years or fewer.

How do we accomplish this outcome? We do this by keeping our class sizes small, assigning a faculty advisor to each student, and making and keeping the single promise that matters most to our parents: “Your child will be known, loved and challenged.”

After reviewing our website, I believe you will soon discover that we offer an educational experience unparalleled in the region. Please don’t take my word for it though. Come visit our beautiful 47-acre campus in Wilmington to see for yourself. I think you will appreciate what you see.

Ed Ellison, Head of School

Our Mission

Cape Fear Academy is a learning community committed to discovering and developing individual potential, preparing each student for success in college and life.


40 Varsity/JV teams across 12 sports with 92% athletic participation rate in 7th through 12th grade. 

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Ready to learn more? Contact our Admissions Team to schedule an in-person or virtual visit and see Cape Fear Academy in action.