Award Year: 2018

James Fallon Elementary School

51 Clifford Drive
Wayne, NJ, 07470-3501

(973) 633-3125

Mr. Ethan Maayan, Principal at time of Nomination

Wayne Township

School Website


At James Fallon Elementary School we believe in nurturing and celebrating respect for one's self and others, fostering creativity, and promoting academic excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 17%
James Fallon Kindness Challenge

James Fallon Kindness Challenge

A collaborative effort between a committed staff, supportive parents, eager students, and strong leadership helped to make James Fallon a National Blue Ribbon School. In addition to our academic success, what makes Fallon a special place is our focus on Character Education. Social/Emotional learning is enhanced via lessons from the school counselor and the LEAD program. Another focus in the social/emotional development is our "Violence Prevention Week" and "Week of Respect." In addition to these activities, the School Counselor facilitates friendship clubs at lunchtime and the principal facilitates a Student Council. The principal also reads a character education themed story to each class four times per year. A devoted network of PTO volunteers working collaboratively to sustain an energetic, caring, and warm atmosphere and a challenging academic environment where the 388 Fallon students can achieve their personal best.

Teamwork amongst the staff members is also a strong point of our school. The teachers at Fallon work as teams on each grade level. This provides them with the opportunity to share information and plan as a team. In grades 4 and 5, our students are departmentalized for science, social studies, and math. Through departmentalization, both students and teachers are exposed to varied learning and instructional styles. The principal's door is always open as the staff is encouraged to share their ideas regarding curriculum, discipline, and any other concerns that they may have.

As mentioned earlier, our success is truly a collaborative effort!