Independent/Private Schools

Cape Fear Academy Wilmington Schools and Child Care
3900 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 791-0287

Cape Fear Academy is a traditional, non-sectarian day school of 600 students in grades from Pre-kindergarten through High School. Founded in 1967, Cape Fear Academy states its mission as being a learning community committed to discovering and developing student potential, preparing each student for success in college and life. Well respected for...more about Cape Fear Academy

The Children's Schoolhouse - Montessori Wilmington Schools and Child Care
612 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28409
(910) 799-1531

Wilmington's oldest Montessori School with more than 25 years of academic excellence, The Children's Schoolhouse offers classes for youngsters ages 3 to 6 years old. A small, warm, home-like, nurturing environment fosters positive growth and development along with solid educational programming. Located within St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, the school includes a...more about The Children's Schoolhouse - Montessori

207 Pine Grove Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 791-8221

Friends School of Wilmington is a warm, nurturing, educational community that prepares independent thinkers for a global, knowledge-based future. Continuing a 300-year Quaker educational tradition of fostering intellectual and spiritual integrity while affirming the value of each individual, the school offers a well-rounded program and a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Challenging, relevant,...more about Friends School of Wilmington

6624 Gordon Rd., Ste. A
Gordon Business Park
Wilmington, NC 28411
(910) 350-3170

The Music School of Wilmington offers private, one-on-one lessons and programs tailored to meet the needs of each student, child or adult ages 6 and older. All instructors are accredited and are professional performing musicians and teachers who understand the positive impact music education has on school performance and a well-rounded...more about Music School of Wilmington

806 Piner Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28409
(910) 392-2067

Biblical principles serve as a framework and spiritual foundation for all that is taught at Myrtle Grove Christian School. Academic excellence combined with strong moral values ensures a sound learning environment for more than 430 students in preschool through 8th grade. A ministry of Myrtle Grove Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the school...more about Myrtle Grove Christian School

3705 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 392-5209

At New Horizons Elementary School, students in kindergarten through 5th grade learn in a highly creative, positive environment that provides ongoing opportunities for self development as well as academic growth. An unusual, home-like campus, small class size and a stimulating curriculum, coupled with a professional, friendly and nurturing staff, make this...more about New Horizons Elementary School

217 S. Fourth St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-5491

Located downtown in the historic district, St. Mary Catholic School serves preschool through 8th grade. The school's mission is to "ensure learning for all our students within the framework of Catholic Christian values, to help our students grow in a manner consistent with their needs, interests and abilities, and to prepare...more about St. Mary Catholic School

4126 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 392-3139

The Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (WAAS) offers a challenging curriculum with significant enrichment and individualized attention for academically motivated and gifted students in grades 4 through 8. Faculty members have high expectations for their students as they promote academic achievement, personal responsibility, social development and lifelong learning. A traditional...more about Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences

1401 N. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28405-1499
(910) 791-4248

Located on a large campus close to town, Wilmington Christian Academy serves students in high school, middle school, elementary grades, kindergarten and preschool and has grown to be the largest private school in southeastern North Carolina. Students receive a well-rounded educational experience, including accelerated academics, advanced technology, competitive athletics and a...more about Wilmington Christian Academy

3830 Oleander Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 794-3025

The Wilmington Preschool of Fine Arts, the preschool affiliated with the Wilmington School of Ballet and Creative Art Center, has three classrooms for children from 18 months old to 3 years old. Along with the basics of preschool education, including academics, physical education and library time, children receive instruction in art,...more about The Wilmington Preschool of Fine Arts

Myrtle Grove Christian School
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Home Schooling

The State of North Carolina permits schooling outside both public and private schools for children whose parents/guardians prefer to administer their education. Under the auspices of the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education in Raleigh, home schooling  for children between ages 7 and 16 requires registration, participation in annual standardized achievement testing and maintenance of immunization records. The educational program must operate on a regular schedule, excluding reasonable holidays and vacations, during at least nine calendar months a year by a person with a high school diploma or equivalency certificate; attendance records are required.

State statute defines a home school as "a non-public school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households receive academic instruction from parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household." The law  permits (no more than) two households to combine as one home school and allows the children from both households to be taught together by members of either household.

A family considering home instruction would begin by obtaining a Home School Information Packet from the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education, either by going to their website, or calling (919) 733-4276. Support for home-schooling families is offered by North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE), a private, non-profit group with a full-time staff in Raleigh. (919) 790-1100. The web address is, where you'll also find links to support groups and other resources, including several local support groups in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.

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