I do like this school. If they feel like your child is struggling in any way, they do go out of their way to assist with extra reading/math classes. It is a small town so everyone knows one another. It is very difficult to get involved in classes. If feel it's only certain members of PTO who get involved with everything.
I love the small town. I love how friendly the new principal is and makes it a point to greet the students. my daughter loves it here. however the parking is awful and the PTO is a popular girl high school click. so good luck getting into volunteer in your childs class. and in a town only a mile long you look around and wonder with the amount of students if half the kids actually live there.
I have one child who has graduated from Faber and one who is still in the system. If you have gifted/advanced children, they will fare well in the earlier grades. But once they reach the higher grades starting around 3rd or 4th grade, your children may become bored and feel unchallenged. I have spoken and e-mailed the teachers requesting more challenging curriculum but it seems the challenges of getting an integrated classroom to pass the NJASKs takes up all their time. The Gifted and Talented program only meets once a week which is hardly enough to challenge the children. This is the sacrifice of going to a super small school system. We are seriously looking to move to a better school district. The teachers are caring and involved but just don't have the time to handle the diverse needs of an integrated classroom.
The school appears to have caring staff, though there is a real lack of real support with special needs children. The staff come across as quite clueless when it comes to developing a plan for the less than average child. I hope that when my other children are old enough to attend they have a more positive experience.
The district has a strong elementary school. The middle school and high school are improving. There are quite a few extracurricular programs including sports, band, math league, chess, juggling, newspaper, an afterschool program on site. The small size of the district is appealing. Academic achievement is somewhat average because of economic demographics of the town, but on par with other schools with similar demographics. Overall, John P. Faber School is a pretty good school with caring teachers and strong parent involvement.
This is not the school you want your child to attend if they have learning disabilities. They do not have the experience or curriculm set up for children with special needs. The teacher are nice but 'nice' isn't what the children need to succeed. There are no extracurricular activities and discipline is low in the middle school.