"I have a curious mind, a caring heart, and the courage to never give up!"


The mission of Ocean City Elementary School is to prepare students to pursue a career of their choice and to become productive citizens. The school motto: "I have a curious mind, a caring heart, and the courage to never give up" encourages and empowers students to seek information, love learning, treat others with kindness and respect, and to always, always work hard. The type of student we hope to grow is a continuous learner, an appreciator of the arts, and a giver of their personal gifts. At OCES, teachers and staff follow the motto and hold high expectations for themselves and their students. There is a commitment to provide a safe, orderly, caring and attractive environment in which students can learn and grow. The staff, parents and students are united in their commitment to educate students to be leaders of the future.


In 2001, OCES was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School and a 2001 National Blue Ribbon School. Since 2003, Ocean City Elementary School has been one of the top performing schools on the Maryland School Assessment Standards and continues to be one of the top performing schools in Maryland. Ocean City Elementary was recognized as the first Maryland elementary school (out of 1,455 public schools) to achieve 100% proficiency in both reading and math in 2007 and 2008 on the Maryland School Assessment. In 2014, 99% of OCES students achieved Advanced or Proficient scores on MSA Reading and 98% achieved Advanced or Proficient scores on MSA Math. In addition to academics, OCES has been named a Maryland School of Character, a National School of Character Honorable Mention, and received a National Promising Practices Award. Continuing, Ocean City Elementary School piloted a Health Literacy Program in collaboration with Atlantic General Hospital, Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and the Worcester County Board of Education. The program was recognized by the Maryland State Senate, 38th District, and received a Commendation from the Worcester County Commissioners in June 2014 as a school charting the course of change for health in our community and the nation.