Profiles

High School

The high school experience at O’Neal remains positively ingrained in the lives of many who have graduated from this more than 45 year old college preparatory private school.  Nationally accredited, O’Neal is one school that serves students Pre-K3 through 12th grade in three divisions - Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. Though in separate buildings with activities and curriculum to suit each age group, O’Neal finds this all –in –one community to be the best of both worlds in nurturing, understanding and supporting the age groups above and below the individual student rendering a quality character trait to stay with the individual student for a lifetime.
Relationships
The student-teacher relationships at O’Neal are very strong in and outside of the classroom. Teachers and coaches will support students with their high school experience whether it be on the sporting field or the theater stage in addition to teaching them in the classroom. The most successful way to teach or coach the student is to know the individual.

Students take overnight class trips at the beginning of the school year as a way to bond with each other, get to know their advisors/teachers and experience real life places that are included in their high school curriculum.

School Spirit
High School life at O’Neal is unlike any other. Falcon Pride is strong and it is very common to see many students from surrounding high schools attend sporting events and performances to soak in the spirit, energy and atmosphere of the moment. Although there isn’t a football team, O’Neal’s homecoming during basketball season is an experience like none other.

Honor Code
O’Neal is governed by an honor code and a student-elected honor council. Students are required to sign such honor code yearly. No locks are on the lockers and students are trusted to do their own work.

Leadership Opportunities
There are many opportunities for leadership. O’Neal has a prefect leadership program with prefects for different areas such as student life, community, service and more. Other than the mainstays Key Club and O’Neal Volunteers, students may choose to form a club as long as they have a faculty advisor and a demand. There are as many as 10 different student-formed clubs at any one time. O'Neal Clubs and Activities

Academics
O’Neal calls itself college preparatory for a reason. 100% of O’Neal’s graduates are accepted to colleges and universities across the nation and beyond. The 38-member class of 2017 amassed $2.9M in scholarships. Please see O’Neal’s College Profile for the Upper School curriculum. O’Neal does not use the common core curriculum. PSAT’s are given to high school students in grades 9-11 every year. Learn more about scholarships offered for the high school years at O'Neal. 

2017 SAT/ACT comparisons for the Class of 2017 with surrounding public high schools.

Class of 2017
% of seniors SAT tested
SAT Average
Score
# Seniors ACT
Tested
ACT Average Score
North Carolina Average
44
1074
106210
19.1
O’Neal (38 students)
89.5
1181
31
25.9
Hoke County  High
25.5
914
396
16.3
Sandhoke Early College High
16.1
1109
83
19.5
Lee Early College
* * 69
21.3
Lee County High 
35.1
1028
395
17.6
Southern Lee High 
32.4
1069
274
18.6
East Montgomery High
73.9
949
139
17.1
 
West Montgomery High
16.5
1005
139
16.9
North Moore High
23.5
1019
146
16.6
Pinecrest High
47.5
1095
488
19.6
Union Pines High
19.3
1154
291
19.6
Richmond Senior High
16.7
968
391
16.5
Richmond Early College High
*
*
50
19.3
Scotland High School
47.6
942
280
16.3
Scotland Early College High
22.9
1078
46
19.8

Note: Public School scores are collected from the NCDPI website. The highest scores are used for all ACT tabulations (O'Neal and public schools). Scores for other area private schools are not published.

Advanced Placement Testing in 2017 Compared to Area Public Schools  

2017
# of Test Takers
# of Exams Taken
% of Exams with Scores of 3 or higher
North Carolina
74196
138797
51.5
O’Neal
75
144
73
Hoke County High
254
357v
12.9
Lee County High  
176
288
33.7
Southern Lee High
100
132
32.6
East Montgomery High
31
32
40.6
West Montgomery High
29
36
27.8
Pinckney Academy
2
*
*
North Moore High
46
69
21.7
Pinecrest High
486
1116
57.4
Union Pines High
207
364
46.7
Richmond County High
187
329
20.1
Scotland High
124
213
22.5
 
Note: AP scores for other area private schools are not available.
 
Athletics
80% of Upper School students at O’Neal participate in athletics. Many play 2 or 3 sports seasons. The School is a part of the Eastern Plains Independent Conference (EPIC) and is 2017 conference champions for Girls Swimming and Boys Golf. O’Neal also claims state champions in individual competitions within Track and Field, Swimming, and Golf. O’Neal has Falcons presently a part of basketball, and soccer collegiate teams.

JV/Varsity Sports Offered: Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Cheerleading, Swimming, Basketball, Golf, Baseball, Track and Field

The Arts
In the Upper School, varying levels of drama class as well as 2D and 3D art classes are offered. An O’Neal chorus practices after hours. The School has participated in regional One Act Play competitions with recognitions in one or more areas of the production. O’Neal Upper School students perform a winter musical and spring theater production every year.

Community Service
Graduation requirements include 36 hours of community service, which is additional to any National Honor Society and Key Club service hour requirements. Students at the high school level have many ways of physically supporting efforts within the School as well as that of local organizations such as the Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care, The Sandhills Childrens Center, The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills, St. Joseph of the Pines and other assisted living facilities, USO, the Red Cross and more.

Global Awareness
Students at the high school level as well as middle school are given opportunities to travel to other countries for language immersion as well as cultural understanding. O’Neal has Upper School students from countries such as China, Nigeria and, Germany who stay with host families and plan to graduate from O’Neal.

College Counseling
College counseling starts in the 8th grade as students prepare to enter the Upper School and plan for what courses they take. A dedicated college counselor follows the paths of each student throughout their high school years. The counselor consults and assists them and their parents with the many facets of applying for college. In addition to North Carolina’s excellent colleges and universities, much of the graduating class attends colleges and universities out of state. Below is a list of notable institutions for which O’Neal students have matriculated over the past 4 years:
American University Baylor University Boston College Carnegie-Mellon University
Clemson University Colorado School of Mines Davidson College Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology North Carolina State University Pennsylvania State University Rensselaer-Polytechnic Institute
Texas Christian University The Citadel United States Coast Guard Academy United States Military Academy West Point
University of California Berkeley Univerity of Chicago University of North Carolina Chapel Hill University of Southern California
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Wake Forest University Washington & Lee University Wellesley College
"At O’Neal you are expected to test your limits and grow as an academic, but also as an individual. In addition to being the source of much of your work, teachers are inspirations. All of the teachers that I have had at O’Neal have a true passion for the material they teach and they choose to teach because they genuinely seem to love it. I believe that the atmosphere at O’Neal, where learning is valued for its own sake. has enabled me to grow into a lifelong learner."

William Schirmer
Valedictorian Class of 2016
Johnson Scholar - Washington & Lee University
Morehead-Cain Semifinalist
The Classroom:
Average Class Size: 15
Student:Teacher Ratio: 8:1
 
The Teachers:
Number of Faculty Members: 22
Advanced Degrees: 50%
More than 15 years of service at O’Neal: 18%
 
The Students:
High School Enrollment: 151
 
Towns/Cities of Residence:
 
Southern Pines, NC Whispering Pines, NC Seven Lakes, NC Rockingham, NC
Aberdeen, NC Vass, NC Cameron, NC Pinehurst, NC
Laurinburg, NC Sanford, NC Wagram, NC Biscoe, NC
Troy, NC Star, NC Carthage, NC Jackson Springs, NC
Raeford, NC Fort Bragg, NC Candor, NC Robbins, NC
Ellerbe, NC Pinebluff, NC West End, NC Foxfire, NC
 
The Facilities:
The O’Neal School is nestled on a 40-acre wooded campus located in Moore County, NC across from Sandhills Community College. The five building campus has the following facilities that cater to the high school students:
 
Classroom Building Senior Room Student Center Robotics Lab
Dining Commons Library/Media Center Swimming Pool Science Laboratories
Art Studio 2 Gymnasiums Theater Fitness Center
Soccer Field Baseball Field Pottery Kiln Tennis Courts
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
910.692.6920

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