Admission Process

Admissions Process


Click the TADS Inquire button below to tell us about yourself and open a line of communication with the Admissions Office. While the Admissions Process is summarized on this page, we strive to make the experience as efficient and convenient as possible for prospective families and welcome the opportunity to talk about your family’s specific needs and interests as early as possible.


Come See Us!

Come to campus and see our faculty, staff and students in action. One-on-one tours are scheduled every weekday starting at 8am with the last tour departing at 3pm. A typical tour takes less than an hour of your time and is a great opportunity to get an overview of the school or have more in-depth questions answered. Tours typically help families move forward with their decision to begin the Admissions Process.

Apply Online

Submission of an electronic Admissions application initiates the Admissions process for prospective student(s). The school uses Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) for online applications and enrollment. Click the Admissions & Enrollment button below to apply. There is a $100 non-refundable application fee required for each application to be considered complete.

Admissions and Enrollment

Teacher Recommendation Forms and Transcripts

Teacher recommendation forms and school records must be requested by the applicant family and then sent directly to the Admissions Office via mail, fax or email. Applicants for grades K-4 require one teacher recommendation. Applicants for grades 5-12 require one English Teacher Recommendation and one Math Teacher Recommendation. A Records Request Form must be signed by the applicant parent and submitted to the administrative office of the prospective student’s current school.

Student Visit Days and Admissions Playdates

A full-day Student Visit is required for all applicants to grades 1-12. Classroom visits give prospective students the chance to experience a typical day at O'Neal, and for teachers to observe prospective students in the classroom setting. A readiness assessment may be administered as a part of your child's class visit. For applicants to grades PreK-3 through Kindergarten, Admissions Playdates are held in January and February for the upcoming school year. Additional playdates may be scheduled as spaces become available later on in the admissions season. An electronic application must be submitted before the Admissions Office can schedule the Visit Day or Admissions Playdate for your child.

Admissions Decision

Once the above steps are completed the admissions committee will review the applicant’s file. Families will be notified once a decision is made. The O’Neal School begins accepting students in February and continues on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled.

Enrollment Agreement

After a student has been accepted the online enrollment agreement must be completed and a non-refundable 10% deposit submitted. This secures your child’s place at The O’Neal School.

Admissions Policies

The O’Neal School 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. The O’Neal School seeks to enroll students who both academically and personally will contribute positively to the mission of the school. O’Neal looks for students with a variety of talents and interests who have a desire to do their best and a willingness to participate.
We are committed to the enrollment of a diverse student body. As a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, O’Neal adheres to the organization’s non-discrimination policies. Applicants are accepted without regard to race, religion, color, creed, national or ethnic origin.
Students must demonstrate the potential to be successful at The O’Neal School based on the applicable elements of the admission process. If school records and testing do not provide a clear assessment, O’Neal may require additional evaluation at the parents’ expense. Please note that any child who will enter kindergarten must be five years of age on or before August 31st of the entering school year.

Additional Considerations

When making admission decisions, the School takes many factors into consideration.
In the admissions process, special consideration is given to the following:
  • Siblings of current or former students
  • Children of alumni
  • Date of application
After a grade level is filled, the School will maintain an applicant pool. If a vacancy occurs, the admissions committee will review the applicants and make a decision.
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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