Admissions Contact Information

To request information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact:
Director of Admission
(910) 868-5131 ext. 3311
Did you know?
The Academy awards over $500,000 in financial aid annually to its students; and 25 to 30 percent of the student population receives a financial aid grant.
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Prospective Parents

Why choose an independent school?

If you are wondering how the benefits of attending an independent school outweigh the costs of the education, you are not alone.  A private or independent school is independent in several ways:

  • Independent schools are organized as not-for-profit corporations and governed by a Board of Trustees
  • Independent schools receive no money from the federal government and are primarily supported through tuition payments, charitable contributions and income from the school’s endowment.
  • Independent schools uphold high standards of educational quality and benchmark themselves with other independent schools throughout the nation.
  • Independent schools define themselves through their mission.
  • Admission to the school is not automatic and only those students who are appropriate to our mission are admitted.
  • Independent schools have freedom to define teacher credentials.
  • Most importantly, independent schools are free from state curricular and textbook mandates to teach what we decide students need to learn in order to be a competitor in the 21st century global market place.

Parents’ Guide to Selecting an Independent School

First and foremost, Fayetteville Academy stands out from other schools because of our educators.

Exceptional Educators
A partnership is forged between each family and the school in order to develop the most appropriate college preparatory program to accentuate the abilities, needs, and interests of the student.  From the beginning, teachers work with students to think critically, express themselves creatively, and communicate clearly.  We don’t extinguish the love of learning; we encourage and embrace it.  Often our graduates report that their college experiences were not overwhelming or difficult to manage, and in fact, they were able to pursue their passions and achieve their dreams.

Exceptional Opportunities
Opportunities are vast in academics, arts and, athletics allowing self-discovery to take place in a safe, caring, and multidimensional environment.  Students are motivated to explore, inquire, and participate in a variety of curricular and co-curricular experiences.  It’s not uncommon for the captain of the soccer team to take a lead in the play, hold an office in a club, and tutor a Lower School student.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 

Q:  What is the earliest grade starting at the Academy?
A:   A child must be four years old by August 31 of the year he or she would begin pre-kindergarten.  Our pre-kindergarten program is a full-day program with an afternoon rest/quiet time.

Q:  How can I receive a brochure/application from the Academy?
A:  You may contact us directly by telephone, or from this website, you can complete a registration form and we will mail a packet to you.  In addition, you may submit the full application online here.

Q:  Why should I consider an independent/private education?
A:  The Academy’s independence allows us to maintain high standards and a rigorous curriculum.  With small class size (13:1 average), we are able to offer a broad spectrum of curricular and co-curricular opportunities, allowing students to discover and explore passions. Due to student body size, larger public and parochial schools frequently require their students to focus on a single extracurricular area in order to participate.

Fayetteville Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (, which is a tremendous resource for further information regarding independent schools and the education they provide.

Q:  Is it hard for a new student to fit in and be accepted by others?
A:  Each school year, we enroll approximately 90 new students in pre-k through grade 11 from many different schools, some of which not in Cumberland County.  The Academy truly is a melting pot for Fayetteville. 

Q:  How would you describe the diversity of your student body?
A:  36 percent of our student body are racially and ethnically diverse, 27 percent of our students are military dependents, and 25 to 30 percent of our student body receives some form of need-based financial aid.

Q:  Only the most privileged children attend independent/private schools.  Is that true at the Academy?
A:  The Academy is home to students and families of all types of backgrounds. In order to assure a diverse student population, the Academy has annually distributed more than $500,000 in need-based financial aid. The school attracts talented students from varied socio-economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.

Q:  What is the student to teacher ratio at the Academy?
A:  The ratio varies by grade and division, but the overall student to teacher ratio is 13:1.

Q:  What is a “shadow day” and how do I arrange one for my son/daughter?
A: One component of the admission process is a visitation day for your student entering grades 6-11.  Your son/ daughter will spend a school day with a current student who has similar interests to your child (academic, athletic, and fine arts).  By observing and participating in a normal day, the student leaves with a sense that he/ she would be comfortable in this academic environment. Please contact the admission office at 910-868-5131 to schedule a show visit for your student.

Q:  Why does the Academy require a test/evaluation for enrollment?
A:  The Academy uses standardized testing in grades 4-11 to evaluate a student’s ability to perform inside and outside the classroom. 

Q:  If our family cannot afford the entire tuition cost, what can we do?
A:  The Academy offers a need-based financial assistance opportunity to qualified families.

Q:  Does our family have to pay the tuition cost all at one time?
A:  The Academy offers three payment plans to make annual tuition payments affordable: equal installments of three or eleven payments or one payment annually.

Q:  How is eligibility for financial aid determined?
A:  The purpose of the financial aid program is to provide access to our school and to promote socioeconomic diversity in our student body.  Affording a quality education does take some planning and strategy.  In this planning, it is important to keep in mind the family is primarily responsible for financing a student’s education to the extent it is able.  The basic criterion for a financial aid award is demonstrated need based on feedback from the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS).


Fayetteville Academy

3200 Cliffdale Road • Fayetteville, NC  28303 • 910-868-5131 • 910-868-7351 (fax)


Fayetteville Academy admits qualified students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religion in the administration of admissions, educational policies, financial aid, athletic programs, or other activities.

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