We are excited you've chosen to explore CFA's Upper School. We are confident that what you'll find on our site will demonstrate our continued commitment to educating children who will grow into curious, engaged, and informed citizens of the world. The “Preparation” part of Prep Schools means that we as an institution are tasked with the goal of helping develop self-actualized young adults who will move through their world with confidence and with purpose. The Mission of CFA is embraced by the Upper School community and we incorporate these traits into the daily activities of the school, in the classroom and outside of it. These themes resonate throughout each student’s time at CFA and become a source of pride for all Hurricanes.


think| Where a rigorous grounding in skills and knowledge is just the beginning. Teachers and students share inquiry, reflection, and analysis on the path to personal understanding. In the upper school, students receive comprehensive academic instruction and guidance with emphasis on the general skills of writing and logical thinking to lay the groundwork for future studies. Our academic program is outstanding at every level and includes Advanced Placement (AP) offerings in 20 subjects. A variety of artistic, online, co curricular and athletic opportunities enhance the curriculum and support student growth.

create| Where people celebrate the imagination in geometric proofs and formal essays, on canvas, computer and stage, in poetry readings and weekly announcements. We believe that it is in the collaborative nature of the learning experience that the real growth in our youth is solidified, and therefore we do everything we can to emphasize and provide for positive and productive relationships between the students and the adults working on their behalf.

be passionate| Where people respect differences and can find their place in a diverse community. CFA students and faculty have fun. Students need to laugh and play in order to be their best selves. Our strong programs in the arts, co-curricular and athletics are not merely ancillary benefits. They are critical to the growth and development of each child, and those experiences serve to develop students who know how to solve problems creatively, to work in teams, and to thrive in a changing world.

aspire to excellence| Where students develop winning attitudes in academics, athletics, and arts. Students are led by an outstanding array of educators who are experts in their fields and are committed to helping students achieve their full potential. Through real-world experiences, open discussions, labs and seminars, students form opinions and express ideas, sharpening their critical thinking skills.

go further| Where the North Carolina mountains, theaters, athletic fields and community service become classrooms that foster deeper understandings of one’s self, others and the world.

While our students score in the highest percentiles of standardized tests and earn scholarships to prestigious universities, the real measure of success for Cape Fear Academy students is how well equipped they are to meet the challenges of college and the career of their choosing. Cape Fear Academy graduates enter the world with a solid foundation and an understanding about their unique identity is valuable in today’s ever-changing society.

In short, CFA is a remarkable place. We actively encourage academic and personal growth. We provide countless artistic and athletic opportunities of all of our students through strong and innovative programs. We work hard to pursue excellence in all that we achieve. We have fun. We work to instill a love of learning. We care deeply about each student and their individual needs.

To learn about Admission to the Upper School, please visit the Office of Admission website for more information or contact our Director of Admissions Nelda Nutter at nelda.nutter@capefearacademy.org.

Thanks again for exploring our website and learning more about what makes CFA so unique.

Best regards,

Eric Miles

Upper School Director

Weekly Bell Schedule

Bell Schedule

A | 8:00am - 8:50am

B | 8:55am - 9:45am

C | 9:50am - 10:40am

Break | 10:40am - 11:00am

D | 11:05am - 11:55am

E | 12:00pm - 12:50pm

Lunch | 12:50pm - 1:30pm

F | 1:35pm - 2:25pm

G | 2:30pm - 3:20pm

Flex Bell Schedule I

A | 8:00am - 8:50am

B | 8:55am - 10:15am

Break | 10:15am - 10:25am

D | 10:30am - 11:50am

E | 11:55am - 1:15pm

Lunch | 1:15pm - 2:00pm

Flex Events | 2:00pm - 3:20pm

Flex Bell Schedule II

A | 8:00am - 8:50am

C | 8:55am - 10:15am

Break | 10:15am - 10:25am

F | 10:30am - 11:50am

G | 11:55am - 1:15pm

Lunch | 1:15pm - 2:00pm

Flex Events | 2:00pm - 3:20pm