Hello, Prospective Families!

It is an honor and a pleasure for me to welcome you to The O’Neal School.  I graduated from O’Neal in 2002, and I cannot say enough about what an impact this school made on my life.  If you are looking for the most complete, well-rounded, college-preparatory educational environment the Sandhills region has to offer then look no further.  O’Neal is dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character, and physical well-being for students from Pre-K3 through 12th grade, and we have been going strong for almost 50 years now.

Please give me a call at 910.692.6920 ext. 103 or email to talk about opportunities for your family here at O’Neal.  If you would like for us to contact you and provide more information about O'Neal, please click here to inquire. The best way to learn more about our school and have your questions answered is to come for a tour.  We give tours every Monday through Friday starting at 8am.  A tour costs nothing but an hour of your time and is a great way to explore our beautiful campus while meeting faculty, staff and students.  Tours are for parents, grandparents, prospective students – the whole family.  Our campus is stroller-friendly, so tiny visitors can tag along as well! 

To get to our office from Airport Road, follow the signs for Admissions and Administration.  We are located in Bradshaw Hall.  Parking is available in front of our office and someone will be available to greet you at the front desk.  While we are happy to do walk-in tours, we recommend that you call at least a day or so in advance so that we can tailor your experience to the grades about which you are inquiring.

As you browse the Admissions information on these pages, please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions.  Our job is to help you decide if O’Neal is right for your family, and we enjoy our job!

Olivia Webb

The O'Neal School Top Ten

#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.
The O'Neal School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or religion in the administration of admissions, educational policies, financial aid, loan programs, athletic programs, or other activities.


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Frequently Asked Questions

I am ready to enroll my child now.  What do I need to do?
We always recommend a campus tour as the first step in the Admissions process, but if you are serious about enrolling your child as soon as possible then you should fill out and submit our online Admissions application at your earliest convenience.  As soon as our office receives your child’s Admissions application we will contact you to discuss the next steps in the Admissions process: a class visit, admissions assessment testing and submission of academic records and teacher recommendations as needed.
2)      What does a Class Visit involve?
For students who have submitted the online application, a class visit is the next step.  Your child will come spend a full school day (or, for younger grades, a partial day) with his or her peers.  So, for example, a child currently in fourth grade who has applied to come to fifth grade next year will come spend a day in fourth grade.  The child will go through the entire schedule for the day with his or her class.  Your child will bring a lunch and any appropriate P.E. clothes so that he or she can fully participate.  The Class Visit is often the best part of the Admissions process for the child.  At an appropriate point during the day, the classroom teacher or Admissions staff member will pull the child from the group for one-on-one Admissions Assessment testing.
3)      What should my child do to study for Admissions Assessment testing?
There is absolutely nothing that your child can do to prepare for Admissions Assessment testing.  We do not want prospective students to feel pressured by this testing and we want them to be themselves!  This testing is for the use of the Admissions Committee in determining the child’s readiness for the grade to which he or she has applied.
4)      Can I bring my child’s teacher recommendation form(s) and transcript with me?
Teacher recommendation forms are available on the Admissions page of our website.  They must be mailed, emailed of faxed directly to the school from the recommending teacher.  Transcripts and report cards can be submitted by parents.  We may also ask you to submit a signed records release form to your child’s current school.
5)      Do you offer multi-child discounts?  Do you offer discounts for military families?
While we do not offer multi-child discounts, the number of children a family has matriculated at The O’Neal School is a weighted factor in the Financial Aid application process.  We do not have a military discount policy, but in any given year our military family enrollment is around 30%.  The O’Neal School gives out approximately $1 million per year in Financial Aid in order to make an O’Neal education affordable to many of our families, and that includes military families.
6)      How does your Financial Aid program work and how do I qualify?
The Financial Aid process is separate from the Admissions process, but we recommend submitting both the Admissions Application and Financial Aid application at the same time if possible.  TADS, the same third-party vendor used for our Admissions applications, also handles out Financial Aid application.  TADS reviews each application and requests additional documentation from families as necessary.  TADS then provides the O’Neal Financial Aid Committee with a recommendation on aid allocation.  The O’Neal Financial Aid Committee uses these recommendations in their decision-making process.
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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