Cape Fear High

4762 Clinton Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301
(910) 483-0191

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1508 students 16 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Mathematics, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cumberland County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cape Fear High is a public high school in Falcon. The principal of Cape Fear High is Mr Lee Spruill and can be contacted at 1,508 students go to Cape Fear High and identify as Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and White, non-Hispanic. 44% of the 1,508 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cape Fear High is 16:1. Ramsey Street Alternative High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 6% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 56% 33%
Multiracial 5% 7%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 4% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 45%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 2%
Asian 0.5% 2%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 60%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son goes to Cape Fear HS in Fayetteville NC. It is the best school he has gone to. We came from Indiana and the school he went to there for 8 years was the worse. He had technically failed every year but they wouldn't hold him back no matter what I did or said. He started Cape Fear as a 10th grader so this is his 2nd year and his grades for these 2 years have been A's and B's. He has decided to stay at Cape Fear and graduate. I am so proud of him and what this school has done for him and me. He also missed most of every year in Indiana and at Cape Fear he hates to miss school and has hardly ever missed. The school and teachers have to be great for this to happen.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are a military family. We moved into the Cape Fear district based on the great experiences a fellow military family had. We are thrilled with our decision. My oldest has already graduated after 4 years as a Varsity athlete. She was very well prepared to attend THE University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My youngest is a current student who plays two Varsity sports and is also very challenged academically. Cape Fear is a family! Our leadership is outstanding. Our faculty and staff are outstanding. The parent who rates the athletics so poorly knows not of what he speaks! I know of multiple players in every sport who have gone on to play at the next level just in the time that we have been part of this school family. The NJROTC program is top notch as is the band program. The opportunity to be involved in the athletic booster club PTA SIT and other areas are very available and parent input is welcome. If you want your children to be in a caring challenging and all around great environment with teachers coaches and administration that are fantastic....Cape Fear is the place for you! #coltprideneverstops

  • (3 years ago)

    Cape Fear is a good school. I enjoy going to school here and feel very safe. Staff and Administration are always in the halls. The extra cirricular activites are the best! Cape Fear students participating in sports and other activities have such a great additude! The band and color guard here is amazing! The only downside I see is the bathrooms lack supplies and it smells like smoke. I think the school needs to be updated a little. We have smart boards and such but the outside of the school looks old. Overall I would recommend the school if you are moving. Best schools in my opinion are Cape Fear Jack Britt and Pine Forest. Buses are packed because of budget cuts but classrooms remain fair.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a student of Cape Fear High School I will say the school is okay but in my opinion student behavior has dropped over several years. Students are not taking school serious in any way. But I cant blame the school for the intent of their hearts and minds. Overall the teachers and staff are above average and most will put forth their best effort to make learning easy and simple unlike others. The schools best feature is their extracurricular activities. They have a great band program as well an exceptional JOROTC (and related programs). If there was anything to be improved at the school it would have to be the student behavior. Overall I do get a good amount of enjoyment from the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Mr Jernigan has joined the staff of Miller-Motte College. We have many students requesting him because of his style of teaching. One student said "Mr.Jernigan was a great principal and an even better teacher he teaches me in a way I can be successful!"

  • (5 years ago)

    Cape Fear is an awesome school. The administration is determined to see the students succeed. The science department is outstanding; they prepare students who are interested in science related professions and it gives students enough experience to know whether or not they want to pursue certain professions. The staff is willing to work w/ each and every student as long as they take initiative. If the students aren't successful it is not because the resources wasn't available.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cape Fear is an alright school. Some teachers take the time out to help and some dont. i feel that alot of the teaching is rushed and the school doesn't inform you enough about important things such as taking the Sat and what your gpa is or should be in order to prepare you for college. The principal has very little involvment (you barely see him or know anything about him) but the extracurricular activities are pretty nice and the safety and discipline is good.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a recent alum I have to say that the school does offer a great deal of opportunity to children of such a small community. However teacher quality and principal leadership should be of concern to parents. The bar should be rasied significantly in these areas. When that is accomplished the rate of high GPA's and student moral will soar. Cape Fear is known for its passionate school spirit but where is our passion for these students' futures. There is after all a long life after highschool that so many are leaving CF unprepared for.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very pleased with Cape Fear H.S. I have already graduated one and have one left as a Senior. I think the leadership shows genuine concern. Mr Jernigan is a great principle because he has zero tolerance for disruptive inappropriate conduct and behavior. The extracurricular activities are great. I see more diversity at the top in student organizations and that's a plus. How about those Marching Band Colts. The pride of Cape Fear.

  • (7 years ago)

    The classes are awesome the clubs give the students great development skills (especially the CFMarching Colts!) and it's been standing since 1969.

  • (7 years ago)

    i give this school a 5 in rating i like this school they have wonderful teachers and i actually go to cape fear high school

  • (7 years ago)

    Cape Fear is one of the best high schools in Cumberland County. They have great teachers who truly care about their students. CFHS state test scores are continually exceeding standards.

  • (7 years ago)

    Cape Fear High School is a great school. There are nice and intellegent teachers and studentd. not much violence plus its in the country. Dynasty Autry

  • (7 years ago)

    Out of six high schools this one had the best teachers amazing extracurriculars and nicest staff

  • (7 years ago)

    Cape Fear High School is an extremely below standard school! I am a student at Cape Fear and I am a good honors student. I have been enrolled in many schools and I would have to say that Cape Fear is by far the most unsatisfactory. Cape Fear has a very limted curricullum. There are a couple of good teachers but the principal does not and will not pay attention.

  • (8 years ago)

    My name is George Womack and I'm a former student of Cape Fear. Its a great school and it really made me who I am. The staff was a great team and were all for the students.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a former student and parent i feel that Cape Fear is a great school academically. I can say that Mrs. Larell Higginbotham is the greatest math teacher their ever was and she is a wonderful asset to Cape Fear. However I feel that as far as racism and race relations go Cape Fear has improved but still has a little ways to go before being acceptable.

  • (10 years ago)

    Cape Fear is an 'okay' school. I have to say that most of their staff are wonderful. I do not agree with making the students take Cornell notes! They make no sense and it is more trouble than it's worth. My child is failing world history because of the cornell notes. All in all the school nedds a better world history department. Thank you so much!

  • (11 years ago)

    I think that Cape Fear is a wonderful school for any student to go to. The only problem is that the school is in the country. But other than that it is a very wonderful school. The principal Jeff Jernigan is a wonderful person and the assistant principals are respectable people too. The teachers really take time out to help the students out. They have many extra-curricular activities that we enjoy. Their varsity softball team is extravagant. Their NJROTC program is one of the best in the nation. Their last company commander got $597 732 in scholarship money. Plus he got accepted into West Point Academy. The parent and alumni involvement is great. The students are terrific and the safest level of the kids are very high. All in all Cape Fear is a wonderful school and I'm honored to go there.

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