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The O'Neal School5
Posted April 30, 2015
- a parent
I had written positive comments about Coach Harper and Mr. Cooper's wonderful Physical Education (PE) and swim program and it was removed from the website. The kids at O'Neal have PE every other day. This is far more than the public school offers. Coach Harper has developed a wonderful PE curriculum that builds upon sport skills - readying them for individual and team sports, fitness, and is age appropriate for the grade she's teaching. She is big on sportsmanship, following the rules, respect, listening and following direction, and fair play. She inspires the students to do or give their best in all they do. She is a fantastic asset to The O'Neal School. She is very positive with the kids and it shows, the kids love having her in PE. Mr. Cooper also runs a great swim program, my kids love swimming in PE - we're the only PE swim program in the county and probably one of few in the state. He's concerned with water safety and stresses it in class. Coach Harper played college volleyball and Mr. Cooper swam in college. They each have respectable records and accomplishments in their sports. They are both huge attributes to the O'Neal community.
We are very happy that our child chose O'Neal for her middle school experience. O'Neal provides an academically enriched environment where students feel safe to take risks and challenge themselves as they learn. The teachers are caring and attentive, and the small class size provides the opportunity to support each individual student. Our experience has been that the teachers strive to build character and provide opportunities for discussion that support a teenager's ability to make good choices. During my first visit to O'Neal I was impressed that the students made eye contact with an adult and had smiles on their faces. I quickly realized that positive feelings echo through the school. The new head of the middle school is a teacher who welcomes his students each morning. He personally knows the children and works with the faculty to meet the needs of the student body. He is engaged and aware of what is happening in the classrooms and halls of the school. He encourages the teachers to integrate the presentation of materials which makes learning fun for the students. It is an honor to be part of the O'Neal family.
This is the first year our children are attending The O'Neal School (one child in elementary and one in middle school). We are extremely happy so far with the administration, the teachers and the curriculum. Our children are very happy in their new school environment and with their classes and assignments. We cannot wait to see what the rest of the year holds! Great job O'Neal!
I am a parent of a Middle School and High School student and am very pleased with the education that they are receiving. The change in Headmaster was a very positive move and things are heading in a very good direction now. I am very impressed with what I have heard about the college admissions process and look forward to that experience.
My daughter has attended the O'Neal school since kindergarten. As she approaches High School in the fall she is already confident that she will attend the college of her choice. She is so very well prepared academically and socially to complete her education, all thanks to The O'Neal School learning environment.
I was very interested in enrolling my children at The O'Neal School this upcoming school year. I made an appointment and traveled from Alabama for this meeting. I waited 55 minutes for the admissions counselor before I left as I had another appointment at Pope John Paul II. I am pleased to say my children will be attending PJP next year.
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.