Mission Statement

O’Neal is a college preparatory school dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character, and physical well-being of its students in an environment where integrity, self-discipline, and consideration for others are fundamental.

Academic Excellence

Students participate in a demanding preparatory academic program, taught with passion by nurturing and knowledgeable faculty, complemented by extensive co-curricular opportunities.  O’Neal encourages students to reach their fullest intellectual, moral, creative, and physical potential.  As students mature, they assume an increasing responsibility in shaping their own educational experiences.  Accordingly, they develop the initiative, self-reliance, and independence essential for reaching their full potential and for making the most of their years at O’Neal and beyond. They learn to adapt to a changing world and, more importantly, to initiate change when needed.


The O’Neal experience is based on mutual respect and personal integrity.  All members of the community are expected to honor the rights of others, to conduct themselves in a moral and decent manner, and to see this responsibility as an integral part of their lives at O’Neal as citizens of the community and of the world.  The foundation of this belief is the Honor Code that sets the ethical standard underlying every dimension of school life.


O’Neal encourages close personal relationships among parents, faculty, students and staff.  These relationships create an atmosphere of trust and support in which students see independence, initiative, and imagination as the means to pursue self-discovery, develop qualities of leadership, and affirm a sense of self worth.  Students give freely of their time and talents, mindful of how these contributions enhance the quality of school life for the entire community.

Physical Well-Being

O’Neal values physical wellness of its students and staff. A complete physical education curriculum and an extra-curricular athletic program emphasize sportsmanship, self-discipline, teamwork, commitment, school spirit and participation. At O’Neal, a coach is a teacher first and is concerned that students perform well in the classroom and on the field.


The O’Neal School is a vibrant community of students, teachers, parents, and administrators. With full enrollment representing the wide diversity of our community, we attract the finest talent among the families we serve and the faculty we employ. In addition to exemplary studies in language arts, social studies, mathematics, and sciences, our students participate actively in performing and visual arts, athletics, clubs, and community service.

Our school and facilities are the finest in the area, and our students learn through collaboration and team building both inside the classroom and outside in the natural beauty of our 40-acre campus. Our faculty guide and educate our students with individualized and inspiring curricula from Pre-K through 12th grade, and our students go on to attend distinguished colleges and universities within the United States and abroad.

Our alumni are talented leaders in an extraordinarily wide range of fields, and they contribute actively to society. Our families and other stakeholders give generously to The O’Neal School, and we are building an enduring campus to support our mission. Through what we do and who we are, The O’Neal School plays a unique, significant, and important role in the Sandhills community.

Title IX Notice

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault and other sexual misconduct, is a form of sex discrimination. Under the School’s Policy, the School prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, and retaliation. The School complies with Title IX and has appointed Katie Wolff as the Title IX Coordinator with overall responsibility for Title IX compliance. She can be reached at kwolff@onealschool.org or 910-692-6920 x128.

Any student, employee or applicant for employment or admission to the School who believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of sex, in violation of Title IX, or has been a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct, may file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will assist the complainant in identifying the appropriate School policy (with its grievance procedure) to resolve the complaint in a prompt and equitable manner. The Title IX Coordinator may consult with other school administrators, as needed, to resolve the complaint in the most effective manner.

The Title IX Coordinator is knowledgeable and trained in state and federal laws that apply to matters of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other sexual misconduct, as well as School policy and procedure.
The O'Neal School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or religion in the administration of admissions, educational policies, financial aid, loan programs, athletic programs, or other activities.

Serving Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Whispering Pines, Sanford, West End, Aberdeen, and areas surrounding Moore County, NC.

The O’Neal School
3300 Airport Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387

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The O’Neal School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by law in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered program. Students are admitted to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school without regard for any protected categories./i>