Cape Fear Academy Annual Report
The 2021 – 2022 school year at Cape Fear Academy was a remarkable one in so many ways. It gives me a great sense of pride to share with you some of my
reflections on a year that will be viewed by many as transformational for our school.
We began the year with record enrollment of 715 students and, while we continued to endure many challenges related to the pandemic, we pulled together as one
tight-knit community and saw it through to the end. It was one of my great joys to see our students’ and teachers’ bright, smiling faces when they were able to come to
school without a mask for the first time in nearly two years.
We witnessed the return of many time-honored traditions: the Kindergarteners’ live performance of “The Mitten,” Middle School overnight trips in the spring,
and Upper School artists of all types wowing us with brilliant performances. On the athletic fields, CFA attained our highest ranking ever in the Athletic Directors
Cup, being named the second best overall athletic program in the NCISAA Division 3A on the strength of multiple state and conference titles.
We celebrated the Class of 2022, with graduates admitted to 128 different colleges and universities. These incredible students won a number of national academic
awards and earned over $1.5 million in merit scholarships.
This year also saw us taking financial steps to build upon our commitments to academic excellence and rich extracurricular activities both now and in the
future. Alongside our record-setting Annual Fund, we raised more than $4 million through our Be The Next campaign and also purchased 11.4 acres of land
immediately adjacent to our main campus.
None of this would be possible without the long standing support and philanthropy of our generous benefactors, who, for many years now, have given
unselfishly of their time and financial resources.
With the continued commitment and care of our brilliant faculty and staff, the fortitude and grace of our amazing students, and the dedicated and ongoing encouragement of our generous parents and friends, we are confident that CFA has many years ahead of us to continue offering our students a rich academic environment, a wealth of opportunities, and an abundance of care as we advance our mission in meaningful ways.
Edward M. Ellison
Head of School