Admissions FAQs

  • What is the earliest grade starting at the Academy?
  • How can I receive a brochure/application from the Academy?
  • Why should I consider an independent/private education?
  • Is it hard for a new student to fit in and be accepted by others?
  • How would you describe the diversity of your student body?
  • Only the most privileged children attend independent/private schools.  Is that true at the Academy?
  • What is the student to teacher ratio at the Academy?
  • What is a “shadow day” and how do I arrange one for my son/daughter?
  • Why does the Academy require a test/evaluation for enrollment?
  • If our family cannot afford the entire tuition cost, what can we do?
  • Does our family have to pay the tuition cost all at one time?
  • How is eligibility for financial aid determined?

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.

You may contact us directly by telephone or email, or from this website, you can download a paper application or submit the full application online here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The ratio varies by grade and division, but the overall student to teacher ratio is 13:1.

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.

The Academy uses standardized testing in grades 4-11 to evaluate a student’s ability to perform inside and outside the classroom.

The Academy offers a need-based financial assistance opportunity to qualified families.

The Academy offers three payment plans to make annual tuition payments affordable: equal installments of three or eleven payments or one payment annually.

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 admits qualified students of any race, religion, color, or national or ethnic origin, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national or ethnic origin, in the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, financial aid policies, athletic programs, or any other school-administered programs.

Admissions Office

Barbara Lambert
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.