School Details

Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented

Test Scores by grade

79%
42%
29%
87%
58%
38%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #21 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
42%
29%
84%
51%
33%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #21 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
44%
36%
45%
38%
22%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #21 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented is a public middle school in New York. The principal of Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented is MS. KAREN DITOLLA, whose e-mail is kditoll@schools.nyc.gov. 1,281 children attend Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 1% of the Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented students have "limited English proficiency." 38% of the 1,281 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented is 17:1. Ps 288 The Shirley Tanyhill 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

  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 6% 22%
White, non-Hispanic 51% 31%
Asian 33% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 32% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 22%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 70%
Limited English proficiency 1% 16%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I just started Mark Twain and so far I have no complaints. The teachers are very nice. I have learned a lot and I have been in this school for less than one month. The only negative aspect about this school is that the tests are too hard. Although they are hard and you may not do well they try their bset to help you. I am in Math\Computer talent and I am having a great time there. So far I'm learning programming and the teacher Mr.Rubin is making it go very smoothly. In Mark Twain the homework load isn't bad. Mark Twain has enrichment classes wich are fun. That keep students from being bored. If you are planning to go to the school you have to work a lot. There is a lot of competition and you won't get in with luck. Work hard and you could be a student in this wonderful school.

  • (9 months ago)

    The teachers in general are great and I learned but I don't think I'm being challenged enough. Also the classes aren't organied very well. There's a new cluster that only has two classes and two teachers while all the other clusters have four classes and four teachers so there are two teachers teaching the four core subjects. This particular cluster is also picked on a lot by the other clusters. Really other than my creative writing talent class I don't think I'm learning very much from this school than I would from any other school. The teachers do try very hard but I still think this school is overrated.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am currently in this school in 6th grade and i love it the teacher's are funny and nice. I am in vocal talent are teacher is really nice and i learned so much about vocal. The school isn't hard all you have to do is study

  • (1 year ago)

    Mark Twain is great and the staff are very nice but it's far too stressful. The teachers give way more homework than most of the students can finish in one night and wind up having to finish it in the auditorium or cafeteria the next morning. You might say that this is our problem with time management but I think differently. Not only do we have a test practically every week but they are all piled on top of each other meaning we have 7 tests in a single week. Most students(like me) live relatively far from the school. I take the train home and it takes me an hour. Why do I rate this school five stars if it sounds so stressful? Because the teachers are willing to do what ever they can to help you. I had a lot of trouble in math and I was feeling really depressed this year. My teachers realized before I even told my friends. They let me come to tutoring every other day and I have a 98 average-pretty good compared to my beginning of 87. That's all I really have to say. The staff is amazing and there isn't a single teacher/administrator I didn't like.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son loves mark twain when he was in sixth grade and he had science they did a very cool experiment. These were the steps. 1. Put 5ml of cabbage juice in all the four test tubes. 2. Then we had to put 15 drops of vinegar in one of the test tubes. 3. Then we had to put 15 drops of ammonia in another test tube. 4. We had to put 15 drops of baking soda in the third test tube. 5. The fourth test tube we left alone. The results were after putting vinegar in the first test tube the cabbage juice turned crimson. Then when we put ammonia the cabbage juice turned into so many colors. Blue green lime green torquoise and a little bit black. Then finally after putting baking soda into the cabbage juice it turned dark green and it was so fun.

  • (1 year ago)

    Its a great school my nephew has alot of fun. He is learning so much about arts ad theater.he is excelling in his studies while making life long friends.

  • (1 year ago)

    Mark Twain was an amazing school. I just graduated and I miss it so much. Most of my teachers throughout my middle school experience were down to earth kind and helpful. They have good and fun lessons and sharpen up your academic skills I also hung out with some of my teachers. They were that chill. The homework load isn't that bad. It takes maybe about 2-3 hours more or less. The bookbags are heavy and can be a pain. Just empty them out once in a while.The bathrooms and cafeteria can be gross but the school is pretty clean overall. The hallways can get crowded; you just have to navigate through the kids that are trying to class. It becomes a routine eventually. It's also easy to get around the school (even though it's big). Twain also has talents (art creative writing dance etc) that let kids have fun doing something they tried out for and enjoy. The school is starting to go on more trips unlike in the past. You should definitely apply to Mark Twain despite the rigorous courses which only prepare you for the future. To current students enjoy it. You'll miss it. I made so many friendships and broadened my horizons. So thank you Mark Twain for being an excellent school.

  • (1 year ago)

    AWESOME is how you would describe Mark Twain for the Gifted and the Talented. I think you should know that Mark Twain is awesome! It has great teachers and great things to offer. I love how you get to paint on the doors walls and chairs if you are in art talent. Mark Twain is definitely something you should look forward to. I think MArk Twain can definitely improve in many many ways. First at least have one or two elevators or so so students will not have to carry 20 pounds of textbooks papers notebooks and binders through 3 flights of stairs. It is quite heavy and sweaty during the days so about 200 students will bumrush up the stairs all sweaty tired and complaining about the very heavy backpacks all the way up. It is from experience very darn heavy. Suggesting a large elevator such as some seen at Macy's is suggesting a faster way to go and a less tiring way.

  • (1 year ago)

    I just graduated Twain and I'm going to Brooklyn Tech . I can honestly say that its a great school. I had good teachers not all of them were great but that happens. No one can possibly love every teacher they have. People try to talk kids out of going to this school but why? Yea its gets tough but high school won't be easy either. This school represents a mini highschool nevertheless everyone gets along. We had guys who fooled around in class a lot. What teenage boys don't? This is a regular middle school if you look at the kids. If you look at the grades its not. It's competitive. No joke. It's not too big of a deal but there is a streak of competition between friends. It builds characterand the school sends more than half of the graduates to specialized highschools. The first year might seem tough. I found that at first i hung around kids and our personalities clashed. By the end of eighth grade you build strong friendships and it's sad to let them go. Many people are happy to leave but only because they are excited for highschool. I was happy for that reason but I can't believe I won't have Math talent everyday with those kids or any other class. Twain is great.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school gave hand crafted summer book project for incoming students. I can tell someone really disected what skills were needed in the school and came up with an assignment to educate students and parents in it. It wasnt too much or too little. It is the great book "Boy" the autobiograpby of Roald Dahl. It is helping my daughter really bridge the distance between Elementary and Middle school content. If this is an indication of academics in this talent school then I am very pleased.It is so important that kids develop at this time of their lives because they can grow in any direction. I am glad the 'talent' is not the only focus.

  • (1 year ago)

    IS 239's teachers are wonderful and they make school very fun for students like me. They have fun days like Mark Twain Spirit Day or Crazy Hat Day. Almost every day there is free tutoring during lunch. They have dances and trips. Students are split into talents (i.e. creative writing drama computer/math winds strings vocal media science athletics dance etc.) Two of the only bad things is that it is really far from a lot of houses which makes transportation hard and there is a load of homework. Mark Twain is a truly great school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a safe & organized place for your middle schooler to learn. I think many of the parents are full of themselves thinking their kids are better than kids in other schools. I have 2 sons in middle school. One goes to Twain and one is in a CIG program at another middle school. I think the work being done in the CIG program is more advanced than the work being done by my son in MT. Don't get me wrong ... the work is absolutely rigorous. I just do not think that you can't get the same quality education in other schools. With that said ... I can't say that Mark Twain is not a great school. My son loves his talent and that helps keep him passionate about his work in all subjects. Most of the teachers are responsive and encourage the kids to do their best. Honors classes are not offered in the 6th grade. Your placement in Honors is determined by your grades in 6th grade. Parent Teacher Night is a crazy free for all but the teachers do make time to see you by appointment if you need to see them. Overall ... I'm happy with the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Mark Twain is an excellent school and it is a great feeder to the specialized High Schools e.g. Stuyvesant Bronx Science Brooklyn Tech etc. The teachers seem very caring and involved in teaching the students. Every time I have tried to communicate with the teachers they have been receptive to my comments and welcome my involvement. My son is finishing 6th grade and got accepted to Hunter College High School and Mark Twain was a great MS to help him get accepted. I highly recommend this school and plan to send my daughter here.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is unique and awesome! I'm in the 6th grade and I just saw my reading skills teacher review this website. Yes there is no recess but that includes an education class replacing it. That means this school focuses more on education then "fun". That's why I liked this school in the first place. If you want your kid above everyone else send him to Mark Twain! The school for gifted and talented awaits. Don't trust the dislikes. They're probably just trying to make you not let your kid be smart. I think they're a bit jealous for new kids too cause they worry if the new kids get smarter then them. That's my opinion and I will rock this school!

  • (2 years ago)

    Im now in 8th grade and I HATE Mark Twain and can' wait to get out. The school is not very diverse and teachers treat the kids like their 3 year old's. Children need to learn how to be a complete person outside of school. There are alot of immature kids in this school that don't act up to their age. Also we never have gym! We never play because "we keep talking". The gym teachers don't understand that the kids are talking on purpose to prevent their-selves from playing because they are not physically active and don't want to play. The point of gym is to teach the kids how to be physically active and work hard. The kids and teachers in this school are completely spoilt ! Do not go to Mark Twain Jhs it's a waist of your time

  • (2 years ago)

    I have read over all of these reviews and on the first couple of pages tons of them were negative... I can't even think what was running through these peoples minds because it's a great school. Sure i'm just a freshman here but you get enrichment classes involving Science Dance Tech Math and Social Studies. Sure maybe bullying is a problem but that's why there's a guidance counselor people! Sure talent is a big part don't go saying Talent is the only thing you do because that is not true. Personally I love this school sure I wish we could go outside but we don't have a yard or really maybe in the spring we could go to the park. But right now I have no complaints since you have a great school here.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school defiantly isn't as social as it gets or even as social as is healthy for a kid. Nor is getting physical. There isn't any recess and you've got no time between classes to talk because you've only got 3 minutes to run through the whole school. We only have 2 periods of gym every week and it's gym that tends to get cancelled not social studies or ELA. And the school is over-protective. You may think about that as a good thing but how will they prepare for life when they're older?

  • (2 years ago)

    Many people say that the students make the school great. In some way this is true. The teachers are average. Few could be considered excellent. In my point of view a school for the "gifted and talented" should help the children reach their full potential which the school does not always do. It often values organization skills and ambitiousness vs talent and creativity. Competitiveness can also be a problem. But in spite of that I would choose the same school again because compared with other schools it was more suitable for my child. Although it may not be the best choice for others.

  • (2 years ago)

    ILOVE THIS SCHOOL. I am in 6th grade and I wish I could stay in this school all my life.All the teachers and all the extra curiculim classes are awsome. I have 4 classes lunch and 2 enrichments. Math talent is awsome we play on iPads. The sixth grade trip was so much fun. I had so many fun trips.we don't get a lot of homework we have tutoring we have a snack salad and like a buffet at lunch. I LOVE MARK TWAIN is239

  • (2 years ago)

    Seven years after graduating from Mark Twain I look back and shudder at how traumatizing my experience was. The level of intelligence comes from the kids. Most of the teachers don't know how to teach. I left this school (more like ran out of this school) with absolutely no self-esteem depressed and lost. They don't teach you how to be a person in there which is something schools need. Spare your kids. If you want them to be in a socially appropriate environment send them somewhere else. It's one thing to send your kids to the "best" schools but it's another to keep them mentally intact. The bullying is out of this world. It's based not only on looks but on the level of talent and one's intelligence. These were the worst 3 years of my life and these are somewhat critical years in a child's development. Do not send your children to Mark Twain.

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