Where is the school located?
CPA-CFA is located at 1135 Pandion Drive Wilmington NC, 28411

What is the school’s mission?
CPA-CFA is dedicated to improving the lives of students by providing authentic learning experiences in a collaborative, nurturing environment that will build a foundation for students success in school, career, and in life.

Will you wear uniforms?
Yes.  Uniforms “level the playing field” and increase student body cohesion for all students, thus reducing the stress of peer pressure and sharpening the focus on academics. Lands’End is our exclusive uniform supplier.  Uniform assistance is available, based on need, and CPA-CFA will also have a uniform consignment (“swap”) program.

What is different about Coastal Prep?

  • Real-world connected lessons
  • Grade looping in Grades K-1
  • Grade looping in Grades 2-3
  • After-school enrichment activities
  • Character and Leadership Development
  • Alternate seating and non-traditional classroom designs
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Blended digital learning
  • Differentiated learning plans
  • Community involvement
  • Parent presence, participation, and volunteer opportunities
  • Curriculum (Core-Knowledge and Singapore Math)

What is the curriculum?
The CPA-CFA curriculum and philosophy will be based on a classical model, with a particular emphasis on grammar and logic, using the Core Knowledge Sequence developed by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. Teachers will emphasize observation, memorization, small group instruction, and presentation of introduced and learned content. The Core Knowledge Sequence is a research-based, coherent, cumulative, content-specific K–8 curricular sequence in the language arts, history and geography, science, art, and music. Core Knowledge Language Arts content is infused into the teaching of skills such as reading and writing. All students are supported in academic growth and achievement, and all are challenged to become thoughtful, articulate young adults prepared for a lifetime of citizenship and intellectual inquiry. We strive to use evidence and data-based instructional practices to ensure that students learn and succeed with a secure path to higher education.

We will implement Singapore Math and emphasize movement and learning independence. Because much of the delivery is project-based, CPA-CFA will design comfortable classrooms with stations and rotations. CPA will encourage leadership and work to express values consistent with our Nation’s foundations. Our students will understand what a privilege it is to be an American. CPA-CFA takes to heart Plato’s observation that fine arts and athletics play a crucial role in education. The arts will be integral to the school’s culture. To promote the classical ideal of a sound mind in a sound body, we will encourage daily physical activity and healthy habits.

What are the school hours?
The school hours are 8:30AM-3: 30 PM. CPA-CFA will have a staggered drop off for safety and to limit time in the drop-off line. Students can be dropped off between 7:45am-8: 25 am.

Will extracurricular sports be offered?
We will not be offering sports in year one. The decision to add sports will be based on interest and financial resources in future years.

Which electives (non-core classes) will be offered?
K-5 electives:

  • Music (Piano Lab for 1st-3rd Grade & Ukulele & Theater for 4th Grade)
  • Art
  • PE
  • Projects
  • Conversational Spanish & Global Language Studies

Middle School electives will be selected from the Middle School Catalog based on student’s interest.

Does the school have a program for Exceptional Children?
Yes. Charter schools are public schools, which provide special education and related services to all eligible students. Charter schools provide special education supports identified through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 processes, to all students with disabilities (all disabilities which are determined eligible for EC services, including but not limited to adapted PE and transportation). You can learn more by visiting the Office of Charter’s school webpage.

Can parents/guardians volunteer in the classroom?
Coastal Preparatory Academy recognizes that parental involvement is paramount for the success of our students.  Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to volunteer to support student learning by assisting classroom teachers with meaningful activities aligned with the curriculum.  All volunteers are required to pass a background check prior to volunteering.

Will the school offer an AIG program?
Students with academic gifts will be identified by teachers, to assist in appropriate and individualized planning, but not identified for membership in an AIG-specific program.  Individualized personal plans will be implemented for each student to keep them challenged and to allow each student to learn at his or her own pace.

Will the school provide lunch for purchase?
We do not plan on participating in the National School lunch program. We will ensure that no child is lacking food for lunch for those that qualify for free and reduced lunch. Our lunch program will include a combination of students bringing their own lunch and/or be contracting with the local restaurants.

Does the school offer transportation?
CPA-CFA will not have traditional bus transportation. Parents are expected to make transportation arrangements for students.  Carpooling is encouraged. We will ensure that transportation will not be a barrier to any student’s ability to attend our School. We will provide transportation for the student consistent with the state requirements of 115C-238.29F(h) and federal rules and regulations.

How do I apply for Free and reduced lunch?
Applications for free and reduced-price school meals are made available to all households. Applications are available in the front office. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households must complete the application and return it to the school. The information provided on the application for free and reduced-price meal benefits will be used to determine student’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. All applications for free and reduced-price meal benefits are subject to verification of income at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.

Does the school charge tuition?

No. Charter schools are publicly-funded schools and do not charge tuition. Enrollment opportunities are open to all students domiciled in the state of North Carolina.

What grades does the school offer?
CPA-CFA is a K-8 school.

Do students have to live in New Hanover County to attend?
No. All students domiciled in NC are eligible for enrollment. We currently serve students in Bladen, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, and Brunswick County.

May students with disabilities or language minority students attend?
CPA-CFA does not discriminate based on disability, race, color, gender, national origin, or religion.

What is the school year calendar?
We follow the traditional school calendar. The yearly calendar can be found under “Parent and Student Information

Will students be required to take state standardized assessments?

CPA-CFA is a public charter school. As such, we are required to administer state standardized assessments, as required by the State of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. North Carolina does not allow any student to opt out of required testing unless there are extenuating circumstances, primarily related to serious health conditions. The policy of the SBE (GCS-C-021) requires that all students in the state participate in the testing program.

According to ACCT-021 b: “All eligible students in membership (i.e., enrolled in a school) at grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in high school courses in which an end-of-course assessment is administered shall participate in the state assessment program adopted by the SBE.”

What is CPA-CFA’s homework’s policy?

CPA-CFA believes that homework can benefit the progress students make towards learning objectives. At the same time, we respect the fact that evenings should be an opportunity for students to reconnect with their families and have some “downtime.”  As each student’s learning experience is different, teachers will be given the autonomy to make appropriate decisions regarding the necessary homework for each student.  Homework will serve one of the following two purposes: (1) to reinforce previous learning; (2) to introduce new learning.  Teachers will be respectful of family time and outside obligations when assigning homework.  If at all possible, teachers will refrain from assigning homework over the weekend and over holiday breaks. Should a parent/guardian have a concern regarding homework assignments, he/she should first contact the child’s teacher for clarification.  Should that communication not resolve the issue, concerns should be directed to the Head of School.

Charter School FAQs

What is a Charter School?
Charter Schools are public schools that receive public funds. They are subject to the same regulations and statutes that apply to other public schools, and in some cases have stricter oversight than traditional schools, (they undergo a 5-year licensure audit process for example), but generally, charters have more flexibility regarding curriculum and daily operations than traditional public schools. CPA-CFA is governed by a local board of directors. Advertised monthly public meetings are held by the BOD.

How are Charter Schools funded?
Charter schools receive state and county education dollars based on the number of students who attend. Charters do not receive capital funds like traditional schools do, which means they do not receive money for buses, facilities, curriculum materials or other large purchases. As a result, charters must remain fiscally responsible at all times, operating as a small business that can react quickly to needs and changes as they arise.

Where can I find Charter School Laws?


Who is TeamCFA?
TeamCFA is a growing national network of open-enrollment, public charter schools built on the values of hard work, good citizenship, and teamwork. Schools in the TeamCFA network gain access to select start-up funding, grants, training, services, the Core Knowledge curriculum and instructional and administrative support. The ultimate goal of CFA is to assist TeamCFA charter school staff to teach and graduate thoughtful, articulate youth who are prepared to become productive, accountable, engaged citizens.

What does TeamCFA stand for?
The acronym “TEAM” stands for Together Each Achieves More. In the spirit of teamwork, CFA has found that the success of the student takes the active participation, communication, and commitment of the teacher, student, and parent working collaboratively. “CFA” stands for Challenge Foundation Academy.

Who is the Challenge Foundation?
The Challenge Foundation is a private family charitable trust founded in 1988. The Foundation’s support of over 187 charters schools through more than $20M in grants brought about the development of a model school concept and launched the TeamCFA network of high-quality charter schools who provide every student with a first-class education regardless of zip code.

Do schools pay to be part of TeamCFA?
No. TeamCFA is a philanthropic support organization and does not collect fees from its network schools. TeamCFA partners with passionate, committed educators, leaders, and community groups who are able to demonstrate support of the CFA model and establish a local need for underserved students. TeamCFA offers start-up costs that may include the initial financing for facilities with the vision that a successful CFA will become self-sustaining in 5–7 years.

How do schools benefit from TeamCFA affiliation?
Schools in our network gain access to a range of support services that may include, but are not limited to; professional development, curriculum mapping and implementation support, assessment tools, educational technology tools, and attendance at the annual TeamCFA educational conference. Most of all they gain access to a network of professional educators with whom they can share best practices to increase student learning.