Ridgely Elementary School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Five school-wide Title One School. We also maintain a program for 3 year old children and children with special needs. We are located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in rural Caroline County.

Ridgely Elementary has outreach programs that invite parents to become part of the educational process. In addition, parents regularly attend school functions such as Teacher Meet and Greet, Back to School Night, Book Fair, Evening Academic Nights, PTA, and other functions.  Ridgely welcomes volunteers to enhance these programs.

Our students are exposed to cultural and academic activities through instruction in music, physical education, media, art, guidance, and computer usage.


Ridgely Elementary School Principal Lee Sutton

Dear Ridgely Elementary Families:

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Ridgely Elementary School webpage. I am humbled and privileged to be the principal of this amazing school. It is my hope that you will find our redesigned website to be full of information and easy to navigate. Please know that our faculty and staff are always here to serve you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school at 410-479-3243 or e-mail a staff member. Thank you!

Lee Sutton

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: In partnership with families and community, we prepare all students  to achieve college, career, and life readiness through a challenging and progressive educational experience.

Vision: We envision that every student will be prepared, empowered and inspired to thrive in an ever-changing and diverse world.

RES is a progressive community of learners collaboratively supporting each other through intentional planning in a risk-taking and trusting environment, leading to rigor, student autonomy, and mastery of content standards in all learning settings.

RES is a TITLE I School

Parents Right to Know

The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains several provisions that promote a parent/school partnership through communication. One such provision gives parents the right to ask for and receive information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers. A parent may request the following information: 

  • Any college or university degree, major or certification held by the teacher
  • Whether the teacher is certified by the State of Maryland to teach a particular grade level or subject area
  • Whether the teacher holds a conditional teaching certificate
  • The qualifications of the paraprofessionals serving the student

If you would like to request the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers or paraprofessionals, please submit a written request to the principal. The principal will provide the information to you within 30 business days of the date of your request.

Parents may also request information on the level of achievement and academic growth of their child, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments. 

Parents will receive timely notice if the student has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.


Parents May Request Teacher Information

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 provides parents of students attending Title 1 schools the opportunity to request information about the professional qualifications of their child's teachers.  Parents of elementary students may request in writing to the school principal information about their child's teacher including college/university degrees of certification held, subject area of the teacher's degree or certification, and Maryland certification status.  Additionally, if your child is served by paraprofessionals, parents may request their professional qualifications.


Parent Information Resource Center

Parents are encouraged to visit our Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC) located in the lobby outside of the front office.  The PIRC has a variety of parenting resources and informational brochures and flyers.  These materials are all free.  Parents can find booklets from The Parent Institute on topics such as “Seven Habits of Highly Responsible Students; Help Your Child Balance School and Extracurricular Activities; and Helping Children Learn to Resolve Conflicts.”  Parents can also find information regarding Caroline County Recreation and Parks, Caroline County Library, Imagination Library and Maryland Department of Health .  Please be sure to check out our Parent Information Resource Center next time you come to the school.

School Improvement Plan

The school improvement team addresses student achievement needs through the school improvement plan, monitors the implementation of the plan, and revises as needed.  The school improvement team leads the development of the school improvement  plan by engaging the entire staff through data analysis and data driven decisions.

Flyer distribution

In an effort to provide increased access to information about school and community programs and events, Caroline County Public Schools partners with Peachjar which enables us to send important school and approved community flyers to parents digitally, saving our schools time, money, and paper.

School-approved digital flyers are sent to your email inbox where you can easily click to sign up for events and programs. No action is required to begin receiving this communication from your school. Peachjar will use the first email address you have on file with the school. You don’t need to log in to receive or view school flyers, but you can log in to adjust your delivery preferences.

To access flyers for Ridgely Elementary, please visit our Peachjar page.