About O'Neal

O'Neal Profile



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.

Accreditations / Memberships

O’Neal is accredited jointly by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). Active memberships are held in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS), North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA),the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Global Education Benchmark Group, (GEBG), the Cum Laude Society, the National Honor Society, and Tuition Aid/Data Services (TADS).


The O’Neal School is operated under the leadership of the Head of School and governed by a self-perpetuated Board of Trustees made up of parents and community members.


The O’Neal School has 60 faculty members.


475 students currently attend The O’Neal School. They come from various socio-economic backgrounds and reside primarily in Moore, Lee, Richmond, Montgomery, Hoke and Scotland counties. The average class size is 15.


Classes begin at 8:00am with dismissal at 3:15pm. Grading periods are based on semesters.


The Lower School - Grades Pre-K3 - 4
The Middle School - Grades 5 - 8
The Upper School - Grades 9 - 12

Academic Enrichment Center

The Academic Enrichment Center is committed to encouraging and nurturing the potential in students with learning differences. Through a collaborative approach with students, parents, and faculty, the center helps students develop academic skills, personal responsibility, and tools for life long learning. Three programs are offered: Language Development, Mathematics Development, and Academic Coaching.

Honor Code

The O’Neal Honor Code holds that no student will steal, deceive or cheat in spoken or written word, deed or action. At the beginning of each year, every Middle and Upper School student signs an agreement to live by the Honor Code. Students charged with an honor violation may appear before the Honor Council, comprised of students and faculty members.


  • Library
  • Music and Art rooms
  • Science Laboratories
  • Dining Commons
  • Upper School Student Center & Senior Room
  • Lockers for Middle & Upper School
  • Two Gymnasiums w/Lockers
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Six Tennis Courts
  • Baseball & Soccer Fields
  • Theater


The O’Neal School activity buses to be used for daily school routes, as well as field trips and athletics. All O'Neal bus drivers have CDL certifications and operate under the supervision of O'Neal's Transportation Director. O'Neal offers two daily school routes to cover Sanford and Rockingham, with the possibility of additional routes based on need.


Fall Sports Winter Sports Spring Sports
Boys’ Soccer Boys’ Basketball Girls’ Soccer
Girls’ Tennis Girls’ Basketball Baseball
Girls’ Volleyball Swimming Track & Field
Cross Country Cheerleading Boys' Golf
Girls' Golf   Boys’ Tennis

The Falcon Club

An organization that helps supplement the athletic program with fundraisers and special projects.

Fine Arts

Fine Arts programming involves art and elementary music classes for Lower School students. Middle School students are required to take Drama and are also given the choice to take Art or Chorus. Upper School students have the option of taking Art I, Photography, Pottery, Drawing, Theatre I, II, and III.

Groups / Clubs / Societies / Activites / Student Government

Lower School Middle School Upper School
Odyssey of the Mind After School Clubs Leadership Academy
Elementary Battle of the Books Mathcounts National Honor Society
After School Clubs Science Olympiad Honor Council
  Cum Laude Society
  ONV/Key Club
  Blackbird's Eye
    Model Forum
    Student Union
    Variety of clubs that can change each year

Parents' Association

All parents and guardians of O’Neal students are automatically members of the Parents’ Association (PA). The PA organizes a number of activities and events that foster a sense of community and involvement for both students and parents. 

Community Service

Community Service is a strong focus for The O’Neal School and related activities are conducted within all divisions. From recycling projects to donating to the local food bank, to volunteering at the Sandhills Children’s Center, students are encouraged to become involved. In fact, Upper School students must have at least 36 hours of service to the community in order to graduate.


The Annual Fund Endowment
The Annual Fund plays an essential role in O’Neal’s continued success. O’Neal does not receive any federal or state funding, but relies on tuition and gifts to cover operating costs. Tuition alone does not cover the total cost of each child’s education. A gift to the Annual Fund by each family directly benefits each student and faculty member. An endowment fund is needed to support operations and provide security for the future. At O’Neal, the Legacy of Leadership Society was created to provide an opportunity for the growth of endowment funds. Gifting may be in cash or stock or as a planned gift. The Legacy Begins with You.


  • 100% of O’Neal seniors graduate and are accepted to colleges and universities across the nation.
  • Middle School Science Olympiad teams made state appearances in 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • The class of 2017, comprised of 42 students, amassed a total of $2.9 million in scholarship dollars.
  • Three Morehead-Cain Scholarship winners to date.
  • O’Neal students in all divisions consistently take top honors in the annual Young People’s Fine Arts Festival as well as The Moore County Writers’ and Young Authors’ Competitions.
  • Conference Champions for the 2015-2016 year was: Girls Swimming, Boys Golf and Boys Tennis.
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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SAIS Accredited Member School
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>