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About Cape Fear Academy

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

Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Resilience, Accountability 


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.