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Dunellen, New Jersey
Middlesex County
Dunellen Public School District
John P. Faber Elementary School is a public school located in Dunellen, New Jersey with 621 students in grades Pre-K-5.
We are implementing the Rutgers University’s Boggs Center Positive Behavior Support In Schools (PBSIS) program.
Technology infused into every school day, with grades 3-5 utilizing 1:1 Chromebooks.
Wilson trained staff members to identify and support students using a multi-sensory approach to reading in grades K-3.

We completed our second year of implementation for the Positive Behavior Support In Schools (PBSIS) program. The framework of this program is specific to addressing the continuum of behavior, conduct, and climate needs within our school. With the guidance of an assigned Coach, the Faber School team is implementing an integrated system that encourages pro-social behaviors and provides teachers with an array of positive and proactive “Try First” strategies.

400 High Street
Dunellen, NJ 08812
Principal: Mr. Gary Lubisco
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White 32%
Black 14%
Asian 6%
Hispanic 47%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 1%
School size
Female 47.8%
Male 52.2%
Economically disadvantaged students 48%
Students with disabilities 18%
English learners 11%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 3%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 6%
Kindergarten 20%
1st Grade 18%
2nd Grade 13%
3rd Grade 15%
4th Grade 13%
5th Grade 15%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 5
Weapons 1
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 3
Total incidents 9
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 31%
6 to 10 days 35%
11 to 15 days 18%
Over 15 days 13%
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English 64.9%
Spanish 30.4%
Other 4.7%
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Learn more about John P. Faber Elementary School.


To prepare our students to meet the academic, emotional, and social challenges of the future by providing them with the essential skills necessary to acquire a common body of knowledge and understanding in accordance with the NJSLS. To provide a safe, caring and stimulating learning environment where students respect themselves and others, share their talents with the wider community and recognize the need to pursue excellence in their lives.


Faber School offers a comprehensive elementary curriculum. The district continued the implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) through the use of EnVisions Math, Reading Wonders, and Lucy Caulkins Writer’s Workshop. These programs encourage children to think, read, and write critically. The instructional program also includes social studies, science, art, music, technology, physical education, library-media skills, health, family life, character education, and Spanish.


Faber School offers students musical activities that begins with the recorder in grade 2, the option to select an instrument in grades 4-5, and a before school choral group in grades 4-5. Our chess club ranks among the best in the state. The after school Newspaper Club provides students with an opportunity to develop an interest in writing. For students who have an interest in leadership and extracurricular activities, a Student Council, Safety Patrol and the Juggling Club are options.


Faber School continues to offer the “Extended Day After-School Program” and now offers a "Breakfast Program." This program provided by the Dunellen Board of Education offers students with the opportunity to be dropped off at school as early as 7:00 a.m. and remain at school in a supervised setting until 6:00 p.m. and receive academic support as well as an opportunity to interact socially. Academic after school programs are also offered, where students receive help in reading, mathematics, and organizational skills.


Faber School is deeply committed to professional development with professional days embedded into the schedule. Teachers are encouraged to participate in outside workshops and turnkey their learning at monthly Edcamps. Our teachers collaborate as members of organizational committees charged with launching and managing school wide initiatives. The improvement of teacher pedagogy is essential so that our teachers can deliver the caliber of education that ensures that our students are successful.


Faber school houses several special education programs including one preschool disabled class, two preschool integrated classes, one autistic class, and two multiple disability classes. Our special education population is mainstreamed into classes as often as possible when appropriate. Students who have been identified as being in need of additional support and remediation are serviced through a Basic Skills Support program. Faber School offers an English as a Second Language Program to provide targeted support.


The Intervention and Referral Services identify academic and emotional needs of students in order to develop action plans. An integrated and assertive anti-harassment, intimidation and bullying program has helped build a safe educational climate in which students can feel comfortable to learn and be themselves. Finally, a full time nurse is housed in the school to attend to the medical needs of the students.


Faber School students are very fortunate to have a very involved and supportive PTO. Parents and teachers organize activities for the students creating an enriching environment for the entire school community. The activities and events take place before, during and after school.


Faber School is a rectangle shaped building with an open courtyard in the middle with a school garden. There have been recent renovations to the gymnasium, the 5th grade classrooms, and the library. Each room has central air conditioning or a window unit to alleviate discomfort during the fall and spring. The building supports the arts through a separate vocal music, instrumental music, and art room.

School safety

School Safety is a priority at John P. Faber School. The administration attends training and works collaboratively with local, county and state officials to integrate best practices into their safety procedures. The administration has formed a task force that meets regularly to analyze protocols and make recommendations for improvement. The building has been equipped with electronic locks on all doors.


Technology is infused into every school day, with a mobile cart for grades K-2, a 1 to 1 Chromebook initiative for grades 3-5, and a classroom set of iPads for the Special Area classes. The students'' schedule offers a Technology and Media class each week that progressively prepares students to use various devices, navigate the internet safely, and problem solve collaboratively. Each classroom has a fully operational SmartBoard and computer to support instruction.

Early childhood

The Pre-School program provides two settings to meet the needs of all learners. Both settings at Faber School provide instruction, utilizing the Tools of the Mind Curriculum with the goal of developing instructional techniques, that emphasizes both the development of underlying cognitive skills and the development of academic skills in core subjects. The pre-school self-contained setting provides individualized instruction for students with special needs. The inclusive program provides students with special needs and general education students the opportunity to learn together and from each other. The core of this program is to amplify development in young children. Each pre-school teacher and paraprofessional has undergone rigorous professional development to ensure the success of each student. The training will continue to ensure learning and development is ongoing and successful.


Several of our special education and regular education teachers have been trained in the Wilson Reading Program, which is a multi-sensory teaching approach to reading. Students who were identified as needing this multi-sensory approach to reading were able to work with these teachers in order for them to complete this year-long program successfully. These students showed much improvement in their phonics and phonemic awareness and will continue the program throughout the year.

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