"Our school is best known for quality education in a Christian environment."
Students enrolled 310
Hours 8:00 AM - 2:30 AM
School leader Mrs. Karen W. Parker
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4 stars
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April 08, 2014
Our school has a great Christian, family environment where students can excel. Small class sizes in a Christ centered environment help students receive individual attention, be focused, and enjoy spiritual support as well as academic challenge. My children have experienced public school as well as CFCA and not only do we as parents know the education and environment are priceless, but our children agree and were eager to return to CFCA.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
I am a CFCA graduate, and my children are CFCA graduates as well. I hope and pray that one day my grandchildren will be able attend. No school is perfect, but I am satisfied that CFCA will continue to grow and prosper in the same community that they have been a part of since 1969. I LOVE Cape Fear and its dedicated teachers for their devotion to education, where in a loving environment everyone is FAMILY!!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
The school has been great until this past year. Things seemed very unorganized and the leadership is very weak. Tuition went up and quality went down. We are moving our child to a charter school in Wake County that is free. We will not return.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2013
I am impressed with the Headmasters focus on education and structure. She is not allowing the kids to run the school. Cape Fear is on the best path that I've witnessed personally in 20 years.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2013
Cape Fear Christian Academy is finally moving in the right direction as the adminstration focus is on academics. Textbook resources are being upgraded through good technology implementation. The Headmaster is also focused on good school discipline, structure, and time management in the classroom.

- submitted by a teacher
January 06, 2013
The school has strong leadership. Parents should trust that the new procedures in place now will only make the school improve to become the best educational setting for students. Very happy with the changes.

- submitted by a teacher
October 24, 2012
I am very disappointed in the school. The school board is divided and imcompetent. The new headmaster has secular, humanistic views. It is no different than public school, only more expensive. Don't waste your money.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
I have a child in high school at CFCA. She has had a great experience while attending. CFCA is a good choice for academically strong students. If your child is a weak student he/she may find it to be a challenge. Our goal is to prepare our kid for college. CFCA has done this very well. Kids with disciplinary issues aren't accepted and we especially like that! Love the staff!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
sorry but our experience was horrible! school recruiter nice....but does not fully tell it like it is. my children have suffered academically while being at cfca. going there has been a mistake for our family. i do not recommend.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
Great school. I graduated from CFCA and have three children there. Like all schools, Cape Fear has weaknesses but over all it is a great school. It has a principal and teachers who really care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 07, 2010
Absolutely awesome school. Excellent christian based learning, great teachers and faculty. Highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 04, 2010
I made it very clear that we cared about our son's education. We wanted to be involved. We never received phone calls or emails. Once in high school, his grades dropped. We took him out and homeschooled him. It did not take long to learn that he was on a 7th grade level, though he was in the 9th grade at CFCA. CFCA cares way too much about athletics and way too little about academics. Don't send your kids there. We wasted a lot of time and money. By the way, it is not cheap.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
I have been very pleased with the school. I have one child in the 2nd grade and another in the preschool. It is like the small school I attended years ago before the public schools embarked on consolidation (a total failure). We are satisfied and would recommend the school. It is on the rise.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2009
This is my daughter's third year at CFCA and she absolutely loves it. I have been very pleased with the class sizes, teachers, staff, and the whole school environment. It gets better and better each year.

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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2009
We have 3 children new to the Cape fear Family this past year (2008-09). We are so excited to find a mainstream school with the opportunity for our children to celebrate their faith with their classmates in a school family. Teachers are supportive and curriculum challenging. We are so pleased with our children's progress academically, spiritually and emotionally this past year!

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no rating April 24, 2009
My son transferred from HCHS to CFCA going intop 11th grade. My wife and I were simply fed up with the public school our son had to go to so we searched for other options. CFCA is credited for changing our sons outlook toward high school and one of the reasons he is finishing his freshman year in college with a very high GPA. We have recommended (and will continue to do so) CFCA to many people with school age children. Anyone who thinks that CFCA is not a better, safer environment for their children than the local public high school is absolutely mistaken.

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March 27, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
March 12, 2009
Excellent school! My daughter, now a 5th grader, has always gone to Cape Fear Christian Academy. She loves it, and her academic achievements are outstanding! Best decision parents could make! Cost is very reasonable!

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December 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 11, 2008
It is a great school, I have three kids and they love it down there the people are so nice and so are the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 28, 2008
Awesome school, making some very long awaited changes for the better..

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
I have had roughly 15 members of our family graduate from Cape Fear Christian Academy. All have done well in college and in their careers. Not one has an alcohol or drug addiction and the moral training as well as the individual attention in the classroom has served them well. When you walk down the halls, it is quiet. If the door is open, the only voice you hear is the teacher or one student answering a question. Bullying and disruptions by students are not tolerated. The environment is conducive to learning. The financial sacrifice is worth it and the costs are very reasonable when compared to most private schools with good facilties.

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July 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2008
As a member of the staff and a parent with 3 children attending school here, I would just like to say I am very excited about the new changes that are taking place. Im not saying everything Dr. Sandel did was right or wrong, but I am saying a change was long overdue. I truly believe that the board members who have finally stood up and said enough is enough should be commended for doing so. For a long time it looked as if they didnt care. We now have board members who do. I would like to personally thank Brian Gurkin, Chris McLamb, Phil Fusco, Tammy Scarbourough, Chris Johnson and any of the rest that helped get us on the path to a better school.

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April 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
[C]ape Fear reminds me of growing up in a small school. Friends grow with each other and experience life while also finding themselves acadmeically and socially. If your children are taught to have high expectations and to strive in the classroom while being well rounded in other areas it can be a great place to have your kids. No school is perfect but it seems to me that parents at Cape Fear want to make it a great place to be and learn in.

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April 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 10, 2008
I came to CFCA several years ago from a public high school in Cumberland County. I was looking for a better working environment or I was considering leaving the teaching profession. I was told that this school was like the community schools of years ago. I fell in love with the school and stayed. I love being able to concentrate on teaching rather than bureaucracy and constant discipline problems. This is a school that does everything it can to meet the overall needs of each child: mental, social, physical, emotional and spiritual. Our goal is to prepare our students for the next level of education. I am proud to say that graduates of our school have gone on to be successful students at UNC - CH, NC State, Duke, ECU, WCU, UNC - W, Campbell, Methodist, Wake Forest, NCCU, FSU, and several community colleges as well. God has blessed this place.

- submitted by a teacher
April 10, 2008
Since the parents bought the school 9 years ago, it has been on a continuous climb upward. It now administers entrance assessment tests and only accepts students who achieve well and have no blemishes on their records. I am the parent of a recent graduate, and have seen so much improvement. Programs and activities are constantly being added for all levels. There are numerous Honors classes in high school and every year our graduates are accepted at prestigious universities, such as State, ECU, Campbell, UNC-CH, UNC-W, Barton, Wake Forest, Meredith, Methodist, Wingate, NCCU and others. The school must be doing something very right!

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2008
Having been not only a teacher but a parent at this school, I can truly say my family was blessed by being there. The teachers have a heart for teaching and the headmaster has a heart for the school. There are always those who see the negative instead of the positive and for them I say 'Seek God.' Instead of bickering and complaining get on your knees and pray for the staff and the students. I have always been blessed with a great group of parents who supported me and I will always cherish my memories of this school. I wish Dr. Sandel the best and brightest future. I love you- you know I do!

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April 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
I graduated from CFCA and I really enjoyed it... Coming in I was a little nervous because it was a lot smaller than the public school I came from, but they made me feel at home and I got to know some great people. Every school had their issues and the biggest issue I saw while going there was that some students based their standing on how much money their family had. It's sad to say, but its the truth. I'm praying that the people there will come together and not forget about the reason for the 'Christian' school. but overall, the teachers try to influence the students to strive for excellence and work hard. They care and its hard to find that in a public school!

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2008
We love the people, we love the kids but it's not what you'd expect to get from a private, christian school- where you pay so much...to get so little. We will be leaving CFCA after this year. If there will be reworking, restructuring, etc - we may consider going back later. Hope things turn around soon. As you are considering any school-- pay attention, don't be fooled, don't listen to just the words.....

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 14, 2008
I would not recommend CFCA. Though the school is small and provides a sense of religion, the school just can't compete with most public schools with the education and support that public schools can offer their students. I loved the people there- but, can't say it's better than public. What is important- children need to choose their friends wisely! The same things go on at CFCA that go on in public schools- I know!..but, it's on a smaller scale- boils down to CFCA has LESS STUDENTS, it's a SMALLER SCHOOL. We have tried to teach our children how to choose friends- and so far, they are doing great...so in making the decison on whether to go CFCA or public-- answer the question: How strong are your kids? We are happy in PUBLIC> :) Good luck!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
I have three kids at CFCA and they love their school! Most teachers strive to do what is best for the students dispite high student teacher ratio. In my experience, elementary is wonderful. They use the Abeka curriculum. The teachers are exhausted teaching large classes without assistants and morral is very low because most feel they have no support. I have a child in middle school and high school. I am worried they are not going to be prepared for college. I think most of the teachers are doing the best they can with what they have. Resource classes and electives are little or none. I have seen that most of that time is used for play time or the headmaster has put a warm body in there teaching something they know nothing about. Yes , it is a small school and has great potential. The parents are ready for change!

- submitted by a teacher
March 10, 2008
My children have been at Cape Fear for many years and knowing that there is no perfect school I feel it is a good environment for my children compared to the public school system. The teachers strive to bring a christian perspective in all that they do and I think they do a good job. I do feel some improvements can be made to better the school and hope that the school leaders will do so.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 29, 2008
My children were at CFCA for years. I have to say- the positive is it's small. But, if i had to do it over again they would have never attended. It's a private, christian school- but, does not offer all that children need now days to survive in this world where they need to be fully educated- by true educators. However, I've heard the board has changed and headmaster is being replaced- this could be a foot in the right direction! I wish them all the best! Good luck to all searching for the best for their child/children!

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no rating February 07, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
February 07, 2008
Cape Fear Christian Academy has been a big disappointment. The school does not offer accelerated programs at any level. The academics offered are very far behind public schools. Cape Fear Christian Academy gives no advantages of a small Christian school--only disadvantages.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
Sports are of utmost importance at CFCA and there is little or no support for Fine Arts. The Fine Arts Department is virtually non-existent. Lack of discipline and consistency is a major problem. No matter what background or faith, a child is accepted at CFCA and especially if that child can play sports. Academics take a back seat to sports and special efforts are made to see that the students make the grades.

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no rating January 28, 2008
We had our child at CFCA for over 2 years, during middle and high school. Sports are overly emphasized! Academics are really not the focus here. The school was constantly raising money for various projects. We were constantly bombarded with it. The teaching staff there was varied, some very committed and educated. We left CFCA to homeschool our child.

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no rating January 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 24, 2008
I was a teacher at cfca for a couple of years. My children were also in school there. I do not feel cfca has the quality education, resources, etc. That public schools offer and i know first hand, my children are in public schools now. Considering what is offered at cfca and the $ you pay- however, if cfca would offer the same things to the same degree or higher as public schools, plus a christian environment, a true professional headmaster, and improve school safety- I would consider sending my children back. The chairman has changed for the better. However, a headmaster change is long over due. Change can be good the children and parents deserve it. I pray things improve and become better than anyone could have ever imagined!

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no rating January 24, 2008
Need smaller class sizes for grades 2-4 since Abeka is such an accelerated curriculum. If things don't change, they will lose a lot of good families, because with large class size, the teacher cannot work as much one on one. Complaints are made to the board about issues such as homework, etc. and when taken to the headmaster or even the teacher in question, it is just pushed under the rug.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2008
Great school. My kids have been there since preschool and we have had a great experience. No school is perfect, but CFCA continues to strive to improve in all areas as well as maintain a Christian back bone.

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no rating November 03, 2007
I have taught at Cape Fear Christian for many years, and I couldn't find a better environment, academically and spiritually. I previously taught in a public school, but was not happy with the administration and all the red tape and paperwork. At CFCA we are allowed to function as the professionals we are. As with most things, if you look for negatives, you will find them, but if you involve yourself in the total program of the school, you will be amazed at the support and achievement you will find. I love it there, and can't imagine being anywhere else. By the way, did I mention that we have the very best students in the world?

- submitted by a teacher
August 15, 2007
I love the school I have been going there since i was four. I love the students teachers and parents they are all so nice. This school has great academes and sports teams it is a well rounded school

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
If you prefer Athletics over Academics, then this is the school for you! As it goes with many private schools you are given preferential treatment depending on who you are. I would give this school a thumbs down. I had 2 children there, so I know from first hand experience. God Bless.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2006
I have three children at Cape Fear and could not be more pleased with the school. The teachers really and truly care about the kids there and treat like their own. I am amazed at the way the kids act- they behave! Cape Fear has many activities for kids to get involved in. The music/violin program is fantastic and they have a wonderful, active sports program. I can honestly say that Cape Fear is the best thing that has happened to my kids in several years. I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2005
My son is a junior at Cape Fear Christian Academy. He started attending in the third grade. My daughter graduated from CFCA in 2002. The school is a wonderful place to have your children. You can have the peace of mind that they are in a safe environment. In addition, the high school academics at Cape Fear Christian hav improved over the past several years and they now offer Honors and AP courses to students. The sports program is growing and now includes Boys Fall Soccer, JV and Varsity Volleyball, Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball, JV Boys and Girls Basketball, Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball, Cheerleading, Golf, Girls Spring Soccer, Baseball and Softball. It is a wonderful school and I would highly recommend it to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2005
My family has been a part of the CFCA family for the past 15 years. My oldest daughter excellerated academically and skipped the seventh grade. With the foundation she received by attending Cape Fear Christian Academy since first grade, she not only skipped a grade but graduated Valedictorian of her class. Our youngest daughter has attended CFCA since age three. She started her academic studies in the Preschool Program. Now, she is a rising senior and has always maintained outstanding grades. Cape Fear Christian Academy is a wonderful school. The faculty and staff care deeply for each and every student. God has richly blessed this school and I know that He will continue to be a big part of everyday life on campus.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
I have a daughter in the fourth grade. This is our first year there and I wish I would have put her there the first day she started school. She loves the school and her teacher.She has done better and learned more in a shorter period of time. You will never go to any public school and find the love and compassion that the staff at CFCA has toward the students and the parents. There is not a time where you will be told you cannot come and watch or participate at school. You are welcome everyday and all day.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
I have a 2nd grader at CFCA. I think it is a great school with great students and excellent faculty.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2005
I have a 1st grader at CFCA. This is her second year here, and we could not ask for anything better. She loves going to school and she loves her teacher, and the entire staff as if they were family!

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June 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My children have been attending CFCA for 3 years and we are in love with this school! Common morality, decency and Christian fundamentals are the foundation of this school. Your children learn to be neighbors and friends as well as get a scholastic education. If you want a challenging curriculum, super facilities, strong faculty/staff and a fun, family environment, CFCA is for you! Another bonus...no uniforms!

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138 Erwin Chapel Rd
Erwin, NC 28339

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Cape Fear Christian Academy
138 Erwin Chapel Rd, Erwin, NC  28339
(910) 897-5423
Last modified Cape Fear Christian Academy is a private school that serves grades PK-12
Cape Fear Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews.