About Us

Just eight miles west of Ocean City, Maryland on Route 50, Stephen Decatur High School is the largest of Worcester County’s three high schools, with an enrollment of over 1400 students. Centered around a solid foundation of academic coursework in the areas of language, science, math, and social sciences, Decatur students also have access to new technologies and fine arts opportunities in theatrics, music, and the visual arts. We have a first-class cadet program, sponsored by the United States Government, which provides wide-ranging leadership training. More than anything, Stephen Decatur High School is about providing opportunities to each and every one of our students, which shows in their accomplishments.

Mission Statement
The mission of Worcester County Northern Schools, a diverse and growing community, is to provide a rigorous, sequential, and balanced curriculum for all students to become responsible life-long learners. This will be accomplished through instructional excellence in partnership with family and community in a safe, caring, and well-maintained environment. We will recognize the uniqueness of each student’s role as a productive citizen in an ever-changing world.

School Highlights and Awards
Maryland Center for Character Education School of the Year Awards, Maryland Green School designation, Coastal Style Magazine Best School for 2021 and 2022, Maryland Blue Ribbon School, Baltimore Ravens Community Service Awards to National Honor Society and Connections, Award-Winning Choirs, Drama Program, Maryland Most Beautiful People Award, SIFMA Stock Market Game state champions, Wendy’s High School Heisman Program/National Finalist Student Award, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Educational Leadership Award, Bayside Conference Sportsmanship Award, Special Education Creative Achievement Award, Recipient of Maryland Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative, PBIS Gold Recipient – multiple years, Baltimore Ravens Honor Rows recipients – multiple years.

Special Programs
After School Academy, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Program (PBIS), Mentoring Program, Freshman Seahawk Day, Senior Seahawk Application Week, Homecoming, Annual Career Week-Job Fair, Service-Oriented Clubs, Read 180 Program, NHS Tutoring Program, SAT Prep Program, numerous Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment programs, Employment Preparation and Internship programs, Health & Wellness Program, Green Initiatives,

After School Programs
Credit Recovery, Maryland BRIDGE projects, Clubs and Sports, and After School Academy Intervention and Enrichment Programs

Parent Involvement Opportunities
After Prom Committee, Athletic Boosters, Band Boosters, SIAC, Chorus Boosters, NJROTC Boosters, Mentor Program