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Tuition-Free Public Charter School in Wilmington, NC

Apply for the 2022-2023 school year through January 5th!

Coastal Preparatory Academy will be a K-9 school for the 2022-2023 school year. Be sure to apply to be considered for the lottery!

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Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are being accepted and will be enrolled based on capacity.



Coastal Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public school. All families who reside in North Carolina are invited to apply. Please note kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before August 31 to apply.

How do I apply for enrollment for my child at Coastal Preparatory Academy?

  • To apply for enrollment, the parent or legal guardian must complete an application.
  • You will be notified once your student is offered a seat. Your enrollment will be confirmed upon completion of the enrollment packet. Please contact our registrar at if you have any questions regarding your enrollment packet. If your packet is not returned by the provided deadline, your seat will be forfeited.
  • Once capacity is reached, new applicants will be placed on a waitlist. 


If applications exceed our capacity, enrollment will be determined by an annual lottery at the close of open enrollment. The lottery date will be posted and publicly available. Results of the lottery will be communicated by email or mail after the lottery is complete. All other applicants will be placed on the waitlist. 


Our Mission


Coastal Preparatory Academy is dedicated to improving the lives of its students by providing authentic learning experiences in a collaborative, nurturing environment that will build a foundation for students’ success in school, at future work, and in life.

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