Oneal was once a great school, but now has fallen from it's academic greatness. The school 3 years ago went through defaulting on loans for the gym and lower school new buildings. Once the school defaulted the school focused on raising money and not academics. The school went into complete foreclosure. The school lost valuable directors and a headmaster at the time. The school had no money to hire new people for these positions. The recruited from within.. This is when the academic director who implemented a math program from a boarding school. The problem is the school didn't train the teachers nor did they have the qualifications to teach in this manner. The math books were created by the math department head who was a drama major in part.. Result math packets with numerous wrong answers. The Harkness teaching method was in acted where the teacher teaches once and then their is a lead table of students who teach from this point forward.. result failed miserably... Test scores and standardized test scores from all area's of the school plummeted. The academic director now becomes the headmaster.. The school is owned mostly by one family who bought the bonds and now sits as the head of the board. There was a mass exodus of students. They can rebuild and make it great again.. However, the need to look at the unqualified Head Master and others before it will be great again!
We chose The O'Neal School for its academic rigor and focus on developing individuals who are well rounded and capable of competing in an increasingly challenging world. We looked at all the schools in the area and quickly learned that only O'Neal had the mission, curriculum, faculty and resources to ensure that our children would be exposed to more than just rote learning or academics designed to pass State tests. The young adults graduating from O'Neal have been stretched and challenged, making them well prepared to succeed in rigorous 4-year colleges and beyond. Take a tour, meet the kids and faculty - there's an excitement about learning, doing well and pushing the envelope to newer and greater opportunities. Wondering who wouldn't want that for their child/ren? I sure do and I'm grateful to have found just that school, right here in the Sandhills.
The O'Neal School is a small school with large school amenities. Students are held to high standards when it comes to moral character and academic excellence. My son just graduated and my daughter is in middle school. O'Neal has been a perfect fit for our family. O'Neal is also the only school in Moore county to allow international students. The high school has hosted students from China, Portugal, Germany, Austria, and Africa. They also offer student trips to China, Italy, France and other destinations. We were a host family for a Chinese student. It was amazing. We were able to travel to China and spend time with his family. International students teach our students so much about the world beyond our borders. O'Neal is definitely the premier school for Moore county and surrounding areas.