School Details

Mark Twain Middle School

2224 Walgrove Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 305-3100
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 759 students 13 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

41%
49%
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46%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
80%
86%
34%
47%
60%
34%
39%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

18%
41%
50%
33%
44%
57%
5%
19%
31%
42%
43%
52%
41%
57%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mark Twain Middle School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Mark Twain Middle School is Rex Patton. 759 children attend Mark Twain Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 25% of the Mark Twain Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 44% of the 759 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Mark Twain Middle School is 13:1. St. Mark School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 81% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 7% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 11%
Unspecified 1.0% 0.7%
Asian 1% 4%
Filipino 0.7% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 646343%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 75%
Limited English proficiency 25% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We came here because we wanted to give OUR neighborhood school a chance and have been very disappointed. The principle does nothing my daughter had her pants pulled down by some male student the principle was informed by me personally and he could care LESS. told me oh that's not something I deal with!!!! you need to talk to such and such and walked away!!!!! I was floored then left the campus in tears. I'm still not sure what to do other then run out of that school as soon as possible and find a better school. Thanks Dr Patton

  • (2 years ago)

    Mark Twain is an amazing school. Small quaint wonderful staff administration and caring involved parents. Contrary to all the rumors there have been no issues at this school it is completely safe and the kids are wonderful!

  • (3 years ago)

    Outstanding leadership by Principal Rex Patton is making Mark Twain a competitive West Side Middle School. Still too much drama from those who prefer adult interests before kids first.

  • (4 years ago)

    i wanna go to this school but i think it's too late to sign up for getting bused there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent that is all one has to say about this school. Small school with great atmosphere for learning. Who ever thinks he has to send there kids to overcrowded schools for the necessary fluff rather than education keep doing so. The better for us the parents that like to have a great school in the neighborhood without the fluff.

  • (4 years ago)

    What a wonderful little school lost in the LAUSD web! This is a hidden gem! The teachers are caring and very accessible the staff is very knowledgeable and helpfull. The new academic program for this school year promises a great success. The students are friendly & helpful with each others. I am a very satisfied MT parent. My kids are safe and are learning and are happy what more can a parent ask for?

  • (4 years ago)

    Mark Twain students are such wonderful young people. They are kind to one another and care about their community. They are excited about learning hard working creative and so bright. They are our future leaders and it is a joy to teach them and watch them learn and grow!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my tenth year teaching at Mark Twain M.S. and I have never been more proud. I am fortunate to have colleagues that truly dedicate themselves to their students. We have students who are being prepared to face the real world and being taught how to leave their mark. As I stand at my classroom door and watch the children walk by I see aspiring teachers lawyers musicians dancers actors- an array of bright futures ahead. At a time when the faith in the public school system is at question I must commend the commitment of the educators at Mark Twain. I feel honored to be part of this community.

  • (5 years ago)

    A dedicated staff beautiful campus and wonderfully diverse students who can dance sing play music create beautiful art run marathons and still have the energy to give it their all in class!

  • (5 years ago)

    Mark Twain is an improving school with many great programs for students. The teaching staff is dedicated to promoting access equity opportunity and empowerment for ALL students. I choose Mark Twain!

  • (5 years ago)

    Mark Twain is a fantastic middle school. The leadership staff kids and parents are great!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Mark Twain MS because multiple generations of students come back to serve their school and community. They were and are the students with heart and soul! I choose Mark Twain!

  • (5 years ago)

    I to am a student in 6th grade and I believe one of the reasons it has changed is because of the arts academy that helps keep up our grades. Mr.Theile and Mr.Fernandez have worked very hard in order to improve this school and I applaud them. They have given there time and devotion to help this school. I am glad I did not go to Palms. This school has I lot of positive energy and spirit

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is finishing up 6th grade here @ Mark Twain overall he did good. I too was a parent that thought Mark Twain was this horrible school filled with kids that were in gangs that is not the case at all. It was either paying close to $500.00 for monthly tuition @ a catholic school or send him here where the education is just about the same or even better. After doing my own investigation I decided to take a chance on my neighborhood school. I would say that I made the right decision for my son.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been very impressed with the school this year. I have a sixth grader. The school has really turned around.

  • (5 years ago)

    Many criticize Mark Twain but don't actually do anything to try and make it better. I too was one of those who criticized until I realized that if I truly wanted change to occur I would have to roll up my sleeves and start giving extra. The new principal has openly welcomed everyone to the campus and will listen to all ideas that can improve the quality of education. Parents are scurrying around the campus volunteering and signing up for workshops. Community neighbors are involved in beautification projects. The seeds of change have been planted and it is exciting to see the new growth!

  • (5 years ago)

    I was a student at Mark Twain Middle School almost four years ago and I found it to be an amazing school where the parents are involved the students are involved and ther teachers are all involved. Because of the education I recieved at Mark Twain I was put into an Honors biology class in the 9th grade AP biology in the 10th AP chemistry and AP US history in 11th grade and am now in my final year taking AP government. I found Mark Twain to be an inspiring middle school and believe that if there were more parents who would take the time to try to help the school instead of complaining their children would have an even better education.

  • (5 years ago)

    The LAUSD would do itself and tens of thousands of children a favor if it would close all its middle schools and return the elementary schools to K-8s. The schools are too big and underfunded to help navigate children through the developmental and cognitive changes they are undergoing from 11-13/14. Mark Twain is a little smaller but fails miserably. As the former President of my child's elementary school PTA I have not been invited to be active at the school. In fact everything about the administration sends the message to parents to stay away. The parent/teacher conference consisted of my autistic 6th grader evaluating himself! What a joke. Stay away!

  • (5 years ago)

    I hate all those pessimist parents who just look at the bad things in our school and don't realize all the positive things happening in it. I've attended this school for 2 years and through all of that I have had the best middle school experience ever. The teachers are willing to keep they're students going and prepare them for High School and a lot of parents are getting more and more involved. Although last year a lot of 8th graders didn't culminate I'm sure that this year we will all do our best to make this school proud.

  • (6 years ago)

    Our a.p.i scores have gone up 45 points! So I know we have been doing a great job! There is more parent involvement and the commitment of the teachers have always been top notch. They are motivated and they do not just pass students they work the students to reach their highest potential.

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