Dunbar (Paul Laurence) Elementary School
 Date updated - Fall 2017
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District: Laurel School District Telephone: (302) 875-6140
Address: 499 West Sixth Street, Laurel DE 19956 Web: Dunbar (Paul Laurence) Elementary School Page
Principal: Brandon Snyder
School Demographics
Fall Enrollment

2015-162016-17
Pre-Kindergarten1836
Kindergarten213174
Grade 1200227
Total431437


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School Promotion by Grade

2014-15
Pre-Kindergarten70.4%
Kindergarten97.3%
Grade 196.5%


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Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

2015-162016-17
African American27.6%29.3%
American Indian0.2% 
Asian0.7%0.2%
Hawaiian0.5%0.2%
Hispanic/Latino13.0%14.0%
White47.3%46.2%
Multi-Racial10.7%10.1%


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Other Student Characteristics

2015-162016-17
English Language Learner8.4%7.8%
Low Income59.6%64.1%
Special Education9.3%12.1%
Enrolled for Full Year100.0%N/A


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Recently Arrived ELL Students

2016-17
Number of Students Not Tested on ELA Assessment0


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Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2016-17)
* Elementary and special schools provide their own class size data

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School Finances


District Expenditure per Pupil (2015-16)

$11,699

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District Sources of Revenue (2015-16)

Percent District Allocation of Current Expenses by Category (2015-16)




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Exemplary Programs
Dunbar is proud to provide students with a variety of positive & proactive support services to help each child reach his/her potential academically, socially, & emotionally. Support services provided through the individual & team efforts of the guidance counselor, 2 reading specialists and an intervention assistant make Dunbar a child-centered learning community. Scheduling revision for the 07-08 school year brought 90 minute reading blocks to kindergarten and first grade. By pooling staff for reading instruction, we were able to maintain groups with only 5-7 children per group. Our goal is for all children to be successful in all areas of development & to meet with success. Quarterly Pupil Progress Review & Staff Support Process monitor student achievement. Skills for Success & Safety are taught by the guidance counselor. The Go! Math program offers children a broad background in mathematics. The DE Science Coalition units are used as the primary tool for science instruction.

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Curriculum Highlights
To provide all students with a well rounded background, Dunbar offers weekly instruction in Art, Music, Library, Physical Education, and Technology. The variety of activities helps develop expressive and creative abilities in each child. There is a positive relationship between breakfast and student achievement. Dunbar offers breakfast to all students at no cost. Dunbar has an All Day Kindergarten program that affords students an opportunity to meet the standards in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies at a developmentally appropriate pace.

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