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.
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.