#1 - The Students
Over 450 students attend The O'Neal School in grades Pre-K 3 through 12. Our students come from various socio-economic backgrounds and reside primarily in Moore, Lee, Richmond, Montgomery, Hoke and Scotland Counties. O'Neal has students from China and Nigeria, and enjoys strong international partnerships with schools in China, Spain, Costa Rica and France.
#2 - The Faculty
The O'Neal School has 63 faculty members who are all specialists in their respective fields. A great deal of emphasis is placed on the importance of building strong faculty-student relationships; O'Neal's daily schedule and small class sizes provide a unique opportunity for our faculty members to truly get to know their students, both inside and outside of the classroom.
#3 - The Community
The O'Neal School Community is truly one of the best parts of The O'Neal School experience. 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 and the lives of those in the Sandhills.
#4 - The Campus
The O'Neal School is located on 40 wooded acres in Southern Pines, NC. Our lovely facilities include separate buildings for lower, middle and upper schools; science and computer labs; two full-size gymnasia; tennis courts, baseball & soccer fields and a recently renovated indoor pool; a library; three spacious art studios, including a clay room and kiln for turning pottery; a 250-seat theater; and greenhouse.
#5 - Tuition & Financial Assistance
Tuition at O'Neal ranges from $6,000 for Pre-Kindergarten to $17,330 for grades 7-12. There are several payment plan options available to best suit the needs of the families.
O'Neal strives to make it possible for all students who qualify for admission to attend and financial assistance is available. Each year, The O'Neal School sets aside funds to provide need-based financial awards for families with demonstrated need. Three scholarships are also available for the Upper School. 30% of families currently attending O'Neal receive financial assistance.
#6 - College Counseling
O'Neal is a college-preparatory school and offers a comprehensive and personalized five-year college counseling program for all students starting in 8th grade. 100% of O’Neal graduates are college-bound, and the class of 2017 was offered $2.9 million in scholarships.
#7 - Accreditations & Membership
The O'Neal School 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), the Cum Laude Society, the National Honor Society, Tuition Aid/Data Services (TADS), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA).
#8 - Athletics & Physical Education
As a member of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA), O'Neal offers numerous athletic opportunities for Middle and Upper School students, including Boys' and Girls' Basketball; Boys' and Girls’ Soccer; Boys' and Girls' Tennis; Boys’ and Girls’ Golf; Cross Country; Track & Field; Baseball; Swimming; Cheerleading and Volleyball. 80% of our Upper School students participate in Junior Varsity and Varsity team sports. Our Lower School students enjoy a varied physical education program three times a week and daily recess, while our Middle and Upper School students also participate in sporting activities throughout the year. O'Neal is also proud to offer our hugely popular FalconFit program to Lower School and Middle School students during the day, and as a afterschool offering for our Upper School students.
#9 - Arts & Extra-Curricular Activities
The Arts curriculum at O'Neal is designed to cultivate appreciation for the arts, as well as to benefit from such creative aspects of learning. From visual arts to the performing arts, including chorus, drama and music, students ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade are enriched under the instruction of highly qualified artists in their own right.
Extra-curricular activities abound for O'Neal students of all ages. From Science Olympiad to the Junior Beta Society to Model UN to the O'Neal Volunteers to our award-winning Talon Yearbook, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.
#10 - Transportation
The O'Neal School has 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.