Our School

"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 Fall 2018, OCES was selected as an “Exemplary High Achieving School” by the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and National Blue Ribbon school. Factors contributing to this award include scoring in the top 15 percent of all Maryland schools on the PARCC assessments, achieving a Kindergarten readiness assessment showing 79 percent of our students to be kindergarten ready for the 2018/2019 school year, our partnership with the University of Maryland Center for Health Literacy, the “Stand Up, Speak Up” program, and our amazing OC Stars! In Fall 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos recognized Ocean City Elementary, as a National Blue Ribbon School. This recognition is based on our overall academic performance and progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.