The O'Neal School

PO Box 290 Airport Rd
Southern Pines, NC 28388-0283
     Tel: (910)692-6920
Grades: PK - 12 | 448 students
Smartboards are used in many classrooms school wide. Pictured is one of the state of the art computer stations located in McMurray Library.
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Smartboards are used in many classrooms school wide. Pictured is one of the state of the art computer stations located in McMurray Library.
Athletics is considered an important part of The O'Neal School curriculum.  At the Upper School level, close to 90% of O'Neal students compete on a varsity or junior varsity team at least one season during the year. Pictured above is a varsity boys' soccer game.
Middle School students working in the newly renovated Taws Hall science laboratory.
A comprehensive reading and language arts program coupled with hands-on learning activities in math, science and social studies provide a strong basic curriculum. Pictured above a pre-kindergarten class.
Upper School students and teacher engaged in a Harkness discussion. The Harkness method of teaching encourages students to share their own ideas and improves communication and reasoning skills.
O'Neal's clubs and activities allow for leadership opportunities, character building, academic rigor, community service and physical well-being. The School attempts to offer activities and associations that meet the interests of the students while providing value in their overall growth. A few examples of the many choices are National Honor Society, Key Club, SGA, and Mathcounts. Pictured a Science Olympiad competition.
An annual event, students participate in the Lower School math field day.
O'Neal's 40 acre campus includes two spacious art studios that share a clay room to turn pottery as well as a kiln. The School's new activities center houses a 250-seat theater for stage productions.
The athletics program consists of fall, winter and spring sports. Sports include: Soccer, Track, Cross Country,Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Swimming and Cheerleading.
O'Neal is a college preparatory school dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character,and physical well-being of its students in an environment where integrity, self-discipline, and consideration of others are fundamental.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1971

Student Body

Total Students 448 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 13%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade The O

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 53 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 43%
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 14 courses
Average SAT score 1697

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition ranges from $5,400-$16,990
% on Financial Aid 30%
Admissions Director Alice Droppers


Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Junior Beta Club, Key Club, Mathcounts, Model UN, National Honor Society, O'Neal Volunteers, Odyssey of the Mind, SGA, Yearbook Key Club, Mathcounts, Model UN, SGA, Yearbook, Junior Beta Club,
National Honor Society,
O'Neal Volunteers,
Odyssey of the Mind,

School Notes:

The O'Neal School enrolls approximately 447 students in grades PK-3 through 12. The school is located in the Sandhills of North Carolina. O'Neal draws faculty and students from five counties due to  the school's strong academic offerings, extracurricular activities, supportive school community and impressive 40 acre school campus. Students take part in many athletic, extracurricular and community service activities. There is also a specialized academic learning development program. The O'Neal School is a member of the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) and has dual accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). 

Profile last updated: 06/02/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Calvary Christian School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Calvary Christian School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Calvary Christian School (0.3 miles away)
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