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Ocean City Elementary School

Ocean City Elementary School is a PreK through Grade 4 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The unifying thread of our school is that we work as a team with one vision in mind. This vision is to make all students successful academically, as well as behaviorally, and make children productive citizens in our society. To consistently focus on our vision, we have built a set of rigorous "norms" which are maintained and modeled by all faculty and staff.


School Profile

Mission Statement

Ocean City Elementary School's mission statement is based upon the belief which is reflected in our motto: "I can be anything, I can learn anything, if I believe in myself, and work hard." All faculty and staff believe in the premise that what we expect is what we get. At OCES, we hold high expectations both behaviorally and academically for all children, as well as ourselves. We are committed to providing a safe, orderly, and attractive environment in which on-task behavior is a norm expectation. We are united in our belief that there are "no excuses" when it comes to educating all students.

School Highlights and Awards

2001 Maryland Blue Ribbon School, 2001 National Blue Ribbon School, 2002 Maryland Distinguished Principal, Tied for third Top Performing School in Maryland on the 2001 Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, Most Improved School in the State of Maryland on the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, 1993-2002; exceeded all of the Maryland School Assessment standards in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, and continue to be one of the top performing schools in Maryland; named one of the top five schools in Maryland in a national study by the National Center of Educational Accountability; received accreditation by the Middle States Association in 2005 and again in 2011; Ocean City Elementary School 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 addition, OCES ranked #1 in Maryland for having the highest percentage of students who scored at "advanced" levels - the highest of the three achievement levels (basic, proficient, and advanced) for 2007 and 2008. 56.3% of students tested on the 2013 MSA achieved at advanced levels in reading and 82.7% achieved at advanced levels in math. In 2013, 99.6% of OCES students achieved Advanced or Proficient scores on MSA Reading and 99.6% achieved Advanced or Proficient scores on MSA Math. 2009 Maryland School of Character, 2009 National School of Character Honorable Mention, 2009 National Promising Practices Award

Special Programs

OC Stars Choral Group, Enrichment Program, Accelerated Reading Program, Students of the Month, Star Citizens of Ocean City Elementary, Buddy Readers

After School Programs

Homework Academies, Jump Club, Digital Dolphins

Parent Involvement Opportunities

PTA, PTA Committees, Volunteer Program, Classroom Visitations, Parent Contact Cards, School Improvement Advisory Committee, Accreditation for Growth



Mrs. Dawn Rogers

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Karen Marx

Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Linda McGean


12828 Center Dr.

Ocean City, MD 21842







Pre-K through Grade 4

School Day

Begins at 8:25 AM; Ends at 3:25 PM


670 students


43 Teachers, 15 Educational Assistants, 1 Technology Coach, 3 Food Services, 1 Nurse, 3 Secretaries, 1 Media Specialist, 6 Custodians

School Built




Total Size



17.4 acres

Teacher to Student Ratio