As first-year O'Neal parents of a middle schooler, we have been very pleased with our experience thus far. Having had our daughter at other local schools in the area, the academic experience at O'Neal has been superior, with faculty providing challenging material in a supportive environment. The only reason issue we have had was there were a few unexpected mid-year faculty/staff transitions, however, the headmaster stepped in and handled them in a manner that created minimal impact for students and day-to-day school functioning. Additionally, as a middle-class military family, we were concerned about the potential of the school tending to be too "elitist", however, the faculty, staff, and administration have treated not only us, but all members of the community with dignity, and in a very welcoming manner. Our child has also experienced a positive social transition.
We are lower school parents and are very impressed by the quality of O'Neal. Having been to other similar sized private schools out of state I will not hesitate to say that O'Neal is at least as good if not better. We feel it was definitely the best choice for this area. In particular I am satisfied by the Lower School leadership and the overall sense of discipline that we see. Our teacher is very responsive and really knows our child.
It reads that some people have had a bad experience at The O'Neal School. Maybe it wasn't the right fit for them. Not every school is a good fit for everyone. The O'Neal School has high expectations of students and parents. It teaches my child a strong sense of value and independence. I am very happy with my experience at the school. No, not everyone gets their way with the principals. Sometimes people say no to you. It is a good lesson for my child to learn that you do not get everything you want in life. I hope everyone who attends O'Neal has as good an experience as my family has now.
There was a mass exodus from the school this past year. As has been said from other reviews, the leadership is terrible and is starting to show by the number of students and teachers leaving.
Unless you want to pay a lot of money just for a safe environment, the public schools in the area are better. The principal is terrible - zero social skills, zero character, and zero care for alumni. The teachers are good and do the best they can with this true lack of leadership!
O'Neal offers small class sizes and caring teachers.Emphasis is placed on learning not testing. The teachers know your child and will help them to succeed.
Teachers are great, and the environment at the school is safe. I give the teachers 5 stars and the principal 1. The school really does have a lot of potential under the right leader. The Board of the school will eventually get the school back on track if they replace him with a positive, inspirational, and ethical principal. The area is starting to have private school alternatives. I would definitely check them out.
Learning how to learn is what I feel Middle School is all about. Teaching our kids to how to readjust their study style for different subjects, handle failure (or just not getting the grade they though they deserved), learning how to ask questions to make sure they are clear on assignments or understand concepts, and giving themselves time to process a new or challenging topic. These are all skills that extend way beyond the classroom and what I feel O'Neal's teachers pass on to their students on a regular basis. I think that says a lot about the school because it is teaching the kids to dig a little deeper into themselves for answers. In essence, to become a bit more responsible for their learning than perhaps they have been before. That, in turn, builds self confidence in their own ability and character. Something all kids today can use a little more of.
All of our children attend The O'Neal School and we've been very pleased with the education they're receiving. We appreciate that staff has been able to juggle schedules to ensure our children are being educated based on their abilities rather than making them follow a model for all students. Our kids are very happy and are appropriately challenged.
We as parents have the great fortune to be able to provide our daughters the ability to go to the O Neal School. Beginning with the administration office, the consistence and relative ease offered gives unmatched results and a comfortable environment for both parents and students. The principles that we have met through our daughters in both the high school and middle school exhibit the characteristics of adept role models and affective leaders. Ready to take of all challenges, the O Neal School has provided a wonderful institute of learning for students. As many things, improvement is also a requirement as well. The Parents Association undoubtedly makes a great effort to engage families. However, at times the option of change will go unwanted in favor of more rigid ideals. As a parent, striving for change and growth is an understood quest for optimal results are of high priority, but through the PA it seems as though attempts at change and enhancement have gone lax. They as an association must focus more on the children they are ultimately attempting to benefit, rather than creating an organized social club for parents (part 1)
I have been very disappointed in Oneal. It is not worth the money and the principal did not solve the problems that were pin pointed.
When I first moved to the area I looked into the O'Neal school as a place to enroll my kids. They were not helpful at all, and when I asked about the tuition rates, they acted as if they were no longer interested in talking with me. Like the old saying "If you have to ask, you can't afford it".
For 5 years now I have had 3 children in school at The O'Neal School. Needless to day the school was a real let down so much so that I took my kids out in the middle of school. I am a very young mom and the kids in the upper school became close to me and would come to me with all their problems. It became a real eye opener to me when I found out the high school dances where dropped because they didn't know how to deal with the kids. For one year of school it cost me $40,000.00 for my 3 kids to go to school their. When I see all these great teachers leaving The O'Neal School to teach at a public school because they get paid more I knew there was something wrong. Great buildings poor education. Submitted by a parent of former students.
All three of my children have gone all the way through The O'Neal School and have attended the first college of their choice. My oldest was totally involved in every aspect of school from clubs to sports and continued that in college, where she graduated with degrees in math and computer technology. My second child is a Marine Biologist who graduated top of her class, and my 'baby' is a junior in college already working in her field of Social Services. They were given, and accepted, opportunities at The O'Neal School that prepared them not only for university life, but for life itself. My wife and I can't imagine them ever having gone to any other school.
My daughter started attending O'Neal last year in PreK and is currently enrolled in Kindergarten. This school is excellent and addresses the needs of the whole child. My daughter thoroughly enjoys school and is academically ahead of her peers in many other schools; both in and out of NC. She can already read and attends Spanish class regularly. This school teaches in a creative academic environment where children are thirsty for more and their individual needs are met due to the smaller classroom sizes. My daughter has so much fun learning that she doesn't realize she did a science experiment, read a map, graphed a chart, enjoyed music class and spent time building strong friendships all in one day of Kindergarten. The environment is extremely safe and nurturing; O'Neal is like a second family and has helped my daughter not survive, but thrive during the hardships of military deployments.
Not only am I a parent of three children who attend the school, but also a graduate of O'Neal. I am very pleased with the school as a whole. My children are very happy and enjoy school. I am also pleased with the curriculum and the willingness of the teachers to help the students whenever needed.
As a parent who has been at The O'Neal School for ten years, we are very pleased with the school. It is a wonderful environment to bring my children to every day. There is nothing in the area which can compare.
My daughter graduated from the O'Neal School two years ago and because of the small class size, the personal attention given by the faculty, and the attention given to developing an independent 'whole' child, she was more than well-prepared for college and continues to blossom every day. I now have a senior at the school who wakes up with a smile on his face every morning and goes to school early even if it is not required. Anyone who has a high school senior knows what a joy it is for a parent to see his/her 18 year old this happy. It tells me the O'Neal School is doing things right. I can't imagine my kids at another school.
this school is wonderfull in the following. . . *Achademics *A balance between sports and school work *Sports *Keeping the enviroment save and clean
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