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The O’Neal School
P.O. Box 290
Southern Pines, NC  28388-0290
Contact:          Kathy Taylor, Director of Communications
Phone:             (910) 692-6920 ext. 129

For Immediate Release

July 25, 2012

Southern Pines – O’Neal is preparing for its first day of school on August 15th. Through science, cultural studies and foreign exchange, students are learning more about the world around them.

O’Neal’s Lower School will welcome the fifth grade to its facility. Having been a part of the Middle School for many years, it has been determined that the fifth grade would better benefit from the academic schedule offered in the Lower School. In addition to welcoming the fifth grade, the Lower School will be enhancing its after school clubs to include an Ecology Club. Its Spanish curriculum has expanded to also include the cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries. The fifth grade will be piloting the FOSS (Full Option Science System) where it promotes learning science by doing science. The construction of an outdoor learning center, serving all Lower School grades starting in Pre-K3, is underway.

The Middle School will have “acting” Middle School Director Jim Adare until October 1st, where new Middle School Director Andrea Smith, will arrive from Canada. Mr. Adare will continue his time at O’Neal to serve as the School’s director of academic studies. Jim Adare is an experienced independent school educator who has worked with O’Neal faculty on academic curriculum. Jim has spent over thirty years providing counsel to hundreds of schools across America and overseas. Andrea Smith was an education consultant for Public Consulting Group in Nashville, Tennessee. Previously, she held positions as deputy head teacher as well as head of English at schools in London, England. Ms. Smith has participated in an exchange program, where she taught English in Rocky Mount, NC. She received her bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada and a post graduate certificate in education from University of Strathcyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

The Middle School will have an enhanced physical education and intramural program in addition to its competitive sports program. On the academic front, students will have more time to concentrate on writing skills and foreign exchange for Middle School ages will continue. French students from the school O’Neal visited last spring, will visit O’Neal this spring.

In the Upper School, O’Neal families will be hosting students from France for different periods of time throughout the school year. Several Upper School students are now currently participating in study abroad in Vigo, Spain and are soon to return. Changes in the daily schedule are allowing for more enrichment opportunities in the Upper School.

O’Neal will be kicking off the new school year, with the completion of its first ever “summer reading program”. O’Neal is inviting the community to read Cathy Davidson’s “Now You See It”.  Using cutting-edge research on the brain, Davidson shows how “attention blindness” has produced one of society’s greatest challenges: acknowledging the digital age, but operating in schools and workplaces designed for the last century. On Thursday, August 23rd, in O’Neal’s theater, Cathy Davidson will hold a lecture on the book featuring groundbreaking ideas that will open the doors to new ways of working and learning. Go to <>  to reserve your seat. Admission is free.

Serving students from Pre-K3 to Grade 12, The O’Neal School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is a Core Knowledge National Visitation Site.
The school has dual accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). 100% of its seniors graduate and are accepted to colleges and universities throughout the nation.

For more information about enrollment to The O’Neal School, please call Alice Droppers, director of admissions at (910) 692-6920 or go to <> .

School Facts for 2012-2013 School Year:
Description – Private, independent college preparatory school serving students Pre-K3 – 12th grade.

Location:   3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines

Enrollment – Approximately 430 – students come from Moore, Lee, Richmond, Montgomery, Hoke and Scotland counties.

Accreditation – Joint Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Southern Association of Independent Schools.

Membership –  North Carolina Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools, The Moore County Chamber of Commerce

Administration – Operates under the leadership of the headmaster and the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is made up of parents and members of the community.

Schedule – Classes begin at 8:10am with final dismissal at 3:15pm. Grading periods are based on trimesters.

Lunch Program – Lunch is provided Monday thru Friday by Sandhills Cafeteria and Catering.

Bus Transportation – There are 3 daily school routes that cover:
·        Sanford
·        Rockingham – Aberdeen – Pinehurst
·        Laurinburg – Southern Pines

Schedule of “Back to School” Events:

Sunday, August 12th – Ice Cream Social for Pre-K and Kindergarten Students
Tuesday, August 14th – Orientation for Rising 9th graders as well as new students.
Wednesday, August 15h – First Day of School
Thursday, August 23rd – Cathy Davidson visits – Summer Reading Program
Thursday, August 30th – All School Picnic
Monday, September 10th – Upper School Open House for Parents
Tuesday, September 11th – Middle School Open House for Parents
Thursday, September 12th –Lower School Open House for Parents


Cardboard Armada.jpg: Senior physics student Kayla Arnold paddles her cardboard vessel the full length of the pool to win the “Cardboard Armada”.

Manna.jpg: O’Neal Middle School students learn how to assemble lunches as a service project for MANNA a local non-profit food provision organization.

Spanish Valentines.jpg: O’Neal Pre-K4 students make Spanish valentines.


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