These days a private school education does not come cheap. Some area private schools are hoping parents going through tough times, won't cut back on their child's education. John Carne has three students in Wilmington Christian Academy. He said paying for three tuitions can be a struggle, but it's a priority. "If we needed to cut in other areas we would, but we weren't going to sacrifice what the kids were going to be getting while they were at school," he said. Wilmington Christian Academy administrator, Barren Nobles said the economy has not yet affected their enrollment. He said some parents are having to re-prioritize their finances. "Many of our parents here at Wilmington Christian Academy value the education they receive here so much that they will get a second job, they will rearrange some of their finances, they will take some of their savings to tied them over until the economic situation changes," he said. Nobles said enrollment has remained steady, but he is unsure of what the future will hold. He said more families are looking to payment plans to break down costs by semesters or even month-by month. Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington is seeing much of the same. Cape Fear Academy headmaster, John Meehl said, "We haven't had people come to us and say, ‘Gee I want to get out of here’. Mostly, they say is there anything we can do to possibly stay." Both schools tuition can run parents into the thousands. Wilmington Christian is a little over $4,000 a year; Cape Fear Academy is $14,000 a year. Cape Fear Academy parent, Allison Klein said, "It's difficult all the way around, you have to cut corners in a lot of other areas in your life to pay the tuition but it's a decision we decided that would be worth it." Many said cutting back is the only way to ensure their child is getting the best. One thing the economy appears to have affected is the school waiting list. In the past, many potential students have had to wait for years to get into Cape Fear Academy. The school said they still have a waiting list for some grades, but the number of people on the waiting list has dwindled somewhat.
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