Last year I was asked by a friend “Why should I send my children to O’Neal?” The person continued, “We will receive a comparable education and can take the same AP courses at the public school. And, we will save a lot of money as well.” My response was quick and honest. “We can’t afford to NOT send our family to O’Neal. O’Neal does not just prepare students for college, it prepares them for life. O’Neal is not just a school. It is an idea. It is a hope. It is an opportunity. O’Neal tuition is not a cost today. It is an investment in tomorrow.” My friend decided to join the O’Neal community. He thanks me every time he sees me as it has made such a positive impact in his family.
The morning of O'Neal's traditional Field Day (April 26th) was kicked off with all middle school students running the show for The O'Neal School Earth Day Celebration. Under the guidance of middle school faculty member, Jenell Copeland, middle school students had lower and upper school students grouped together to enjoy planting stations, to learn about endangered animals, to create videos about topics of social activism, and to solve riddles about nature on O'Neal's own campus, The threat of rain didn’t stop the excitement ringing through Bradshaw Hall and McMurray Hall, as students enjoyed cross divisional activities.
May 1st was national college decision day when graduating high school seniors decide which college or university they will attend in the fall. Near the start of my career, I was a college counselor in New York City and would routinely meet with perspective Kindergarten families trying to make the “right” choice by looking at the school’s college profile and meeting me. So for many families, decision day is the culmination of 13 years of effort.
O'Neal held its 4th annual all school convocation to end the first week of school. Its purpose is to revisit the School's mission statement and philosophy and set the path of success for the school year going forward.