This is my daughter's 9th year at O'Neal, she is now in the 7th Grade. We have been very pleased with the quality of the teaching as well as the athletic and extracurricular program. Due to the small classes, all students develop confidence to express their views and participate in class discussions. O'Neal students excel in independent and critical thinking, public speaking and writing. My daughter is definitely ahead in math and writing compared to her friends in other local schools. She has a real love of school and learning which I attribute to the challenging yet supportive environment at O'Neal.
My child spent many years at this school. I worried constantly about the quality of the education she was receiving...she never worked hard and got straight A's. As her high school years drew closer and I began to pay close attention to the school's academic outcomes. They are not impressive. The average SAT score for seniors 2016 was 1631. My seventh grader's Duke Tip SAT score was higher than this. Less than 10% of students at this school are accepted to this state's flagship university (UNC- Chapel Hill). For a tuition of $17,000, these numbers are alarming. What is going on?
I suppose if you are willing to pay this kind of money for your child to be kept in a merely "safe" and "nurturing" environment, this school might be a good fit for you. But don't come to this school thinking that your child is going to be given an academic advantage. Save your money. The area's public schools' outcomes are better.
Having 2 children at O'Neal allows me to offer my children the greatest gift possible. The overall education and enrichment classes and extra curricular opportunities are very special. Our children will very well prepared for life after high school because of O'Neal
My son will begin his sixth year at The O'Neal School this year. The class sizes are small (only 11 in his class last year). Teachers are able to teach the individual student rather than pressure students into passing a standardized test. The school is a great fit for my creative son who has major test anxiety. Overall, the school has a wonderful community feel. Families take pride in the school and so many parents go above and beyond to volunteer their time to help out in whatever capacity they are able. The children are respectful and they are taught manners beginning in Pre-K 3. I consistently see them opening doors for one another and speaking respectfully to adults. My son has thrived at O'Neal and we plan to keep him there for as long as possible.