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Ocean Avenue Elementary School opened to 440 Portland students in 2011. It has 21 classrooms, including two district-wide, self-contained special education programs. Our building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, with sustainable design features such as ample natural light, and a roof garden for natural cooling. Our wind-and-sun-powered outdoor sculptures are noted by all visitors.

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The 1940 social-realism murals in our main hallway were reinstalled from the old Nathan Clifford school and celebrate Maine's marine and agricultural traditions.

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Our Mission      
At Ocean Avenue Elementary School, a rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum helps our children develop into independent and creative thinkers, persistent learners, and internationally-minded citizens who are prepared to act with compassion and insight in a globalized society.

Our Vision
Ocean Avenue Elementary School students will achieve their highest potential by being knowledgeable, principled, and courageous young people who promote a healthy and more peaceful world.