CFA MISSION CFA is a learning community committed to discovering and developing individual potential, preparing each student for success in college and life.
PK3 - GRADE 12 3900 S. COLLEGE ROAD WILMINGTON, NC 28412 910.791.0287 FAX 910.791.0290 CapeFearAcademy.org
CHALLENGING ACADEMICS, STRONG CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, AND A CULTURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY PRODUCE STUDENTS WHO ARE MOTIVATED FROM WITHIN AND EMPOWERED TO SUCCEED.
HIGHER STANDARDS AND THE SUPPORT TO ACHIEVE THEM At Cape Fear Academy, a long tradition of high academic standards is grounded in a uniquely supportive learning environment in which a skilled and caring faculty prepare students for success by challenging them to reach higher, try harder, and go further. The CFA experience forges capable young adults with the skills, confidence, and resilience to take risks, solve problems, and overcome challenges. From our three-year-old Little Explorers, who distinguish themselves with literacy scores far above grade level, to Upper School students whose AP test scores rank among the nationâ€™s best, CFA students are top achievers. Small class sizes, individual attention, and a rich array of opportunities allow them to explore new horizons, discover their passions, develop unique gifts, and embrace the desire to reach their full potential. As a result, students uphold the traditions of academic excellence and achievement for which CFA has a well-earned reputation.
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STUDENT TEACHER RATIO
CFA offers a nurturing, close-knit learning community in which each student is truly known and respected. You can be different and still be accepted here. In this inclusive and caring family atmosphere, talented faculty partner with parents to provide a vibrant continuum of communication and care throughout each student’s CFA career.
BASED ON MUTUAL TRUST AND RESPECT, STRONG STUDENT–TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS INSTILL A DESIRE TO EXCEL AND FOSTER ACCOUNTABILITY. Starting in the PK Little Explorers Program, faculty foster mentoring relationships with their students, many of which last a lifetime. A thoughtful balance of nurture and nudge, these relationships develop CFA’s core values of respect, integrity, resilience, and accountability that sustain students through the challenges of college and beyond. Faculty also foster the social, emotional, and executive functioning skills that enable students to feel and show empathy, cultivate positive relationships, manage their responsibilities, set and achieve goals, and make good decisions. As students progress through the Middle and Upper Schools, greater freedoms and opportunities for independent learning come with the added trust and responsibilities that hold students accountable and help them mature into accomplished, self-directed thinkers, doers, and leaders.
OF EACH GRADUATING CLASS COMPLETE AN AP COURSE.
OF THE 250 AP EXAMS TAKEN BY CFA STUDENTS EACH YEAR EARN SCORES OF 3, 4 OR 5.
80% OF EACH GRADUATING CLASS ARE ACCEPTED TO THEIR FIRST CHOICE COLLEGE.
A CFA EDUCATION DELIVERS MEASURABLE RETURNS. There is no better investment in your child’s future than a CFA education. The proof is demonstrated daily in the performance of our students and in the lives of successful CFA alumni around the world. Options for individualized and accelerated learning, from PK through Upper School AP Classes, position students for the best possible colleges and careers. The dynamic, multi-faceted curriculum develops the executive functioning and 21st century skills that are a hallmark of a CFA student. Top SAT and AP test scores and an exceptional college planning and placement program result in four out of five graduates earning acceptance to their first-choice college, including many of the nation’s top colleges and universities, where our alumni also graduate at higher rates than their peers. A CFA graduate’s well-rounded growth, maturity, enthusiasm, and commitment to not only go further, but confidence in his or her ability to get there, is ultimately the best return on your investment.
AVERAGE CFA SAT SCORES EXCEED STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS 3
CFA PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
From bright-eyed wonders to tomorrow’s brightest leaders
Little Explorer Highlights • Columbia University Readers and Writers Workshop • Hands-on Learning and Field Trips • Integrated Technology and Computers • Spanish, Music and Art • Yoga and Social Emotional Learning Our Little Explorers and kindergarten literacy skills test far above grade level. Students are assessed four times annually, and each week every child reads 1-on-1 with their teacher.
At CFA, students start faster and go further, because learning here is an adventure and students become active participants in their own learning process from day one. In our innovative Little Explorers Preschool, 3 to 5 year olds are encouraged to investigate, plan, and collaborate as they encounter new challenges and explore new territory — all in a warm and loving environment. The program provides eager young learners with a developmentally-based balance of nurture, structure, and independence proven to maximize cognitive, social, and emotional growth. It’s the ideal start to a dynamic education that equips CFA students with the knowledge, skills, and determination to go further in school and life.
What stands out as you walk through our halls and visit our classrooms are happy children, attentive faculty, and small class sizes. In this warm, nurturing environment, a wellrounded curriculum which includes arts, world languages, and physical education invites every student to participate, discover interests, and develop talents while growing in mind, body, and spirit. High expectations are matched by small classes and ample one-to-one attention from teachers focused on individual student progress.
1-TO-1 LAPTOP PROGRAM FOR GRADES 3-12
Cross-curricular studies include everything from the First Grade Circus and Dinosaur Convention to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) projects that provide students countless opportunities to explore, process information, and problem-solve in the real world around them. By fifth grade, CFA students are mastering multi-disciplinary learning techniques, creating their own businesses, and participating in a weekly Advisory program that prepares them for a successful transition to Middle School.
Time-honored traditions contribute to a close-knit CFA community. Among many are the following: 5th Grade: Biz World 4th Grade: Colonial Day Celebration 3rd Grade: Simple Machines Exhibit 2nd Grade: Japanese Festival 1st Grade: The Circus Kindergarten: The Mitten Little Explorers: Community Mapping Study
Lower School Highlights • Columbia Readers and Writers Workshop • Hands-on Learning and Field Trips • Integrated Technology and Computers • Spanish, Music and Art • STEAM Projects • Geography and Mapping Projects
CFA LOWER SCHOOL
Innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art technology, and 21st-century skills — yes, we are referring to our Lower School.
THE AVERAGE CFA STUDENT IN GRADES 3 TO 8 TYPICALLY SCORES AT THE 89TH PERCENTILE ON NATIONAL TESTS (ERB - CTP 4) ANNUALLY. 5
CFAMIDDLE SCHOOL 6
Every Middle School should be this good. The transition from childhood to adolescence presents wellknown changes and challenges for young people. Fortunately, CFA teachers are experts at helping students understand and navigate this unique time in their lives. A comprehensive Middle School Advisory Program is the cornerstone of a curriculum that fosters healthy physical, social, emotional, and academic development. This is when students learn to truly embrace the rigor of a college-preparatory curriculum that includes English and literature, social studies, math, science, world languages, fine arts, and character education. Performing arts, athletics, and extra-curricular programs keep students active and engaged while providing boundless opportunities to discover their passions in North Carolina’s premier Middle School program.
Middle School Highlights • Daily Advisory Program • Daily Mandarin and Spanish • Accelerated Math and Word Language Opportunities • Math Lab • Writing Center • Music, Theater and Visual Arts • Health and Physical Education • 1-to-1 Laptop Program Middle School Advisory Program Led by mentoring faculty advisors, close-knit groups of peers meet daily to focus on developing the skills and confidence that form the basis of productive and successful lives. These Advisory groups also provide students with a safe place to ask questions, take risks, and be themselves.
In the Upper School, the benefits of CFA’s unique teacher-student relationships reveal themselves in students capable of independent learning and exceptional achievement. Advanced academics include Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Students average 3 AP courses during their senior year, and 95% take at least one AP course prior to graduation. CFA seniors have garnered numerous National AP Scholar distinctions and had an AP exam pass rate over 90% as compared with state and national averages of approximately 62%. In addition to honing scholastic skills and credentials, arts, athletics, and extra-curricular activities allow Upper School students to explore individual interests and develop unique talents. On our university-like campus, 80% of students will join at least one of our athletic teams; 90% will play an instrument, sing or act on stage with their schoolmates. Everyone is made to feel part of a caring campus community that produces confident, accomplished scholars equipped and ready to succeed in whatever endeavors they pursue. For complete course descriptions, visit CapeFearAcademy.org
Upper School Highlights • AP and Honors Classes • Global Education Courses • International Travel • Community Service • Active Student Government • 1-to-1 Laptop Program • Award-winning Journalism & Fine Arts Programs • Summer Internship Program College Guidance Program Beginning in 8th grade, an exceptional college advisory program helps students and their families make informed choices as they navigate a complex college application process. The school leverages their access to the highly regarded Naviance College and Career Readiness software that helps identify the colleges and careers best suited to each student.
CFA UPPER SCHOOL
Cutting-edge curriculum. Competitive edge results.
40 VARSITY / JUNIOR VARSITY TEAMS ACROSS 12 SPORTS
92% ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION RATE IN GRADES 7-12
WE’VE GOT GAME!
At Cape Fear Academy students discover boundless opportunities for experiential, extra-curricular, and individualized learning. Signature CFA programs, award-winning fine arts, championship athletics, international student exchange, world languages, community service, and after school programs enrich each student’s experience. Community service and global citizenship projects, both group and individual, are offered at all grade levels. Our inclusive policy enables every student to participate in performing arts and athletic activities. The result is multi-talented graduates who are worldly, resilient, well rounded, and determined.
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A RICH ARRAY OF FINE ARTS, ATHLETICS, EXTRACURRICULAR AND INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES ENHANCE AN EXTRAORDINARY COLLEGE PREPARATORY EDUCATION.