Moore County Schools NC

The O’Neal School is a college preparatory private school and is among Moore County Schools, NC with more than 45 years of providing a safe, nurturing and academic environment to its students. A strong curriculum begins in at the early ages continues through middle school and beyond.
Its mission is the cultivation of academic excellence, character development, and physical well-being from pre-kindergarten to middle school and through the high school division.  The School is one of few educational institutions among Moore County Schools, NC that is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). O’Neal qualifies for its membership through its dual accreditation with the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) – the same accreditation association as that of North Carolina Public Schools.
When considering Moore County Schools for education, The O’Neal School is worth a visit.
  • The School offers a highly recognized early childhood education among Moore County Schools, NC for preschool level students with O’Neal’s pre-kindergarten program for ages 3 and 4.
  • All levels – elementary school, middle school and high school – have a curriculum that builds from grade to grade and is designed to ultimately produce academic excellence. Critical thinking, global awareness, and technology skills are woven into the formula. Unlike the public institutions among Moore County Schools, NC; the common core curriculum is NOT used.
  • Foreign language is introduced starting at the preschool ages with Spanish class.
  • Standardized testing is given once a year in the higher elementary school grades and middle school grades to ensure that the needs of the student can be met and the teachers can make improvements to how and what they teach. Unlike the public Moore County Schools, no end of grade testing is given. PSATS are given to all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students in preparation for SAT and ACT tests the 11th and 12th grade years.
  Moore County Schools, NC SAT/ACT Chart
Class of 2017 Avg. SAT Score Avg. ACT Score
O’Neal 1181 25.9
North Moore High School 1019 16.6
Pinecrest High School 1095 19.6
Union Pines High School 1154 19.6
  •  19 Advanced Placement courses are offered. Independent study and online courses are available based upon need. High School students are also allowed to take courses at Sandhills Community College.
  • 100% of O’Neal’s graduates are accepted to colleges and universities across the nation
  • The 38-member Class of 2017 was awarded $2.9M in scholarships
  • O’Neal claims 3 recipients for the nationally-recognized Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill in addition to a combination of 15 finalists and semifinalists over the past 25 years.
  • O’Neal’s Middle School Science Olympiad Team has qualified for state competition for 5 consecutive years and has won the regional competition.
  • O'Neal's participation in the 2018 Moore County Arts Council Young People’s Art Competition, a competition including all Moore County Schools, claimed seven places in 6categories for middle school and high school. 
  • 2017 brought 52 All-Conference recognitions, including 2 "Conference Players of the Year" and 22 All -State recognitions for athletics. Jackson Van Paris won the conference and state championship in Boys Varsity Golf and Varsity Girls Swimming won its 3rd consecutive conference championship. 
  • O’Neal abides by an honor code resulting in no locks on lockers, a trust in doing one’s own work and (in the High School grades) a student-elected honor council to address honor code violations.
  • The Arts (art/theater and music) as well as physical education are a part of the students’ weekly class schedule. 
  • Team sports are offered for three seasons for middle school and high school students. Some game schedules inlcude other Moore County Schools.
  • Community service projects are conducted in divisions, as well as clubs and organizations and sometimes even school-wide. In the high school grades, 36 hours of community service is required in order to graduate.
  • The middle school and high school grades go on overnight class trips at the beginning of the school year as a way to bond with classmates and experience areas of their curriculum they will be studying that year.
  • O’Neal has a strong advisory program in the middle school and high school grades.
  • Homestay/study abroad experiences offered to students in the middle sSchool and high school grades have given students a chance to experience and respect different cultures as well as language immersion.
  • O’Neal has a school nurse, school counselor, college counselor and athletic trainer
  • O'Neal is the only of Moore County Schools, NC whose physical education curriculum includes swimming for students from kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • An afterschool care program as well as afterschool clubs and programs are offered to students in the preschool and elementary school grades. Supervision is provided to Middle School students after school as well as clubs and activities in addition to sports.
  • Transportation to and from school is provided by activity buses with designated stops in common areas for Lee and Richmond County.
  • O’Neal is one of a few Moore County Schools that offers summer camps for preschool ages through high school grades.
"We really lucked out finding this gem of a school! My 3 children have been attending for over a year now, each in a different division, and they all agree it's the best school they have ever attended. Being a military family, my children have attended so many schools already in their short lives, this is my eldest 7th school. Even though The O'Neal School is small in size, it has a vast array of clubs and sports activities that all my kids have found their favorites to participate in. All three of my children have unique learning styles, and the teachers there not only got to know my kids better than any other school has ever done, right off the bat, but they have a way of making learning fun! My high achiever who has never been really challenged before in school until now, is excited to show what she can really do! My reluctant reader now says English is his favorite subject and my youngest tells everyone who asks that he goes to the best school in the world and can't wait until he gets to see all his friends every day. I love that it's a very welcoming and inclusive community. The communication from teachers and administrators has been wonderful. The quality of education my children receive is excellent. The curriculum is aligned with what they will need to know to be successful in college. They have a Parents Association that all families are automatically included in which is a great way to meet each other and get involved in the school. We never thought we'd settle in North Carolina, but The O'Neal School has made it completely change our minds. I can't imagine a better school for my children."

Megan Mansker
O'Neal Parent
Moore County Resident
The Classroom:
Average Class Size: 15
Student:Teacher Ratio: 8:1
The Teachers:
Number of Faculty Members: 58
Advanced Degrees: 48%
More than 15 years of service at O’Neal: 19%
The Students:
Lower School (Preschool and Elementary School levels): 218
Middle School: 108
Upper School (High School level) Enrollment:137
Towns/Cities of Residence:
Southern Pines, NC Whispering Pines, NC Seven Lakes, NC Pinehurst, NC
Aberdeen, NC Vass, NC Cameron, NC Carthage, NC
Robbins, NC Pinebluff, NC West End, NC Jackson Springs, 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:
3 Classroom Buildings 2 Gymnasiums Swimming Pool Robotics Lab
Dining Commons Library/Media Center Greenhouse Science Laboratories
Art Studios Playgrounds 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

Visit our private school Facebook for preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and high school photos.   Google+ offers a glimpse of private school life including preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school.   Follow Twitter to keep up with high school activities including athletic tournaments and sports scores.   Middle school students are prideful of postings on Instagram and become energetically engaged as a result.   Subscribe to YouTube for musical performances, convocations, commencements, and other events at The O'Neal School.
SAIS Accredited Member School
The O'Neal School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.