Beyond the Classroom

Student Support and Wellness

The O’Neal School strives to support each student physically, emotionally, and academically. To make sure that each student's individual needs are met, The O’Neal School employs a full-time registered nurse, a full-time school counselor, and a part-time athletic trainer, as well as an entire department dedicated to students' academic enrichment.

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  • Academic Support

    The Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) at The O’Neal School is committed to offering a student-centered atmosphere that provides academic support based on each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses. Through a collaborative approach with students, parents, and faculty, the center helps students develop academic skills, personal responsibility, overall organization and time management skills, and various other tools for life long learning.

    O’Neal AEC Programs and Services
    • Reading Intervention Program is designed to assist students struggling with reading in grades K-4. Through the targeted and multi- sensory Orton-Gillingham approach, students receive the necessary reading intervention to allow them to progress to the grade-appropriate reading level.  
              *Extra Cost Associated 
    • Academic Coaching is designed to assist students in grades 5th- 12th in academic skills and concepts, test preparation, and organizational skills. Students work with an AEC teacher in small groups of no more than six students.
      • *Current Psycho-Educational Testing Required (trial year available*)

    Academic Accommodations

    While O'Neal does not modify its curriculum or methodology, any student with a documented learning disability that adversely impacts the child’s educational performance such as a specific learning difference and/or attention-related disorders may receive the necessary and appropriate accommodations. Assistance will also be given in requesting accommodations for testing through the College Board and ACT for rising sophomores and above.  
    Parents (K-12) should contact AEC Coordinator Elizabeth Sager ( to provide documentation and to arrange a meeting to develop a learning profile for your child. We ask that any new or updated testing be provided to us as soon as possible, so we can keep your child’s accommodations up to date throughout the school year.  

    full copy of the current (within the last three-five years) psycho-educational testing including diagnosis, psychologist recommendations and accommodations must be provided to the school and to be kept on file by the AEC Coordinator. 

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  • Clinical Support

    The O'Neal School employs a full-time school nurse.  A student’s health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. Children with unmet health needs have a difficult time engaging in the educational process. The school nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within the school setting. The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process.

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  • Emotional Support

    The O’Neal School employs a full-time School Counselor for grades PreK3 – 12th grade, who offers emotional and personal/social support to all our students. She is available during the school day to provide support for students who may be struggling with a variety of concerns, such as friendship difficulties or social adjustment, family concerns, or coping with a loss. When working with students individually or in classrooms, she helps them develop positive coping skills to manage stress, anxiety, depression, academic pressure, and general life worries. She works collaboratively with faculty to promote the overall mental and emotional health and wellbeing of our students. As a confidential resource for parents, you can contact her if you have questions, concerns, or need a mental health referral at

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  • Physical Support

    From pre-season workouts to dedicated training time during the sports season, a certified instructor is on hand to render the appropriate plan for student-athletes. The O’Neal School has contracted with Sandhills Sports Performance to provide performance training twice a week for each team during their sports season practice time and to provide a certified athletic trainer on-site for each home sporting event. Since having incorporated sports performance training, injuries among student-athletes have been substantially reduced.
The O'Neal School admits students of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by law to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by law in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.