Students enrolled 700
School leader Rex Patton
Transportation options Yes

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2224 Walgrove Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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(310) 305-3100
(310) 398-1627
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3 stars
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May 14, 2013
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

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
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!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
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.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2010
i wanna go to this school but i think it's too late to sign up for getting bused there.

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
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?

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March 04, 2010
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March 02, 2010
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January 22, 2010
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November 03, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
November 02, 2009
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!

- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2009
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.

- submitted by a teacher
September 17, 2009
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!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
Mark Twain is a fantastic middle school. The leadership, staff, kids and parents are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
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!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
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!

- submitted by a teacher
June 11, 2009
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

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
I have been very impressed with the school this year. I have a sixth grader. The school has really turned around.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
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May 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 19, 2009
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!

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 2009
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.

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2009
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!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2009
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.

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October 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2008
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.

- submitted by a teacher
September 01, 2008
I have worked at other schools in LAUSD. The teachers here are hard working, and I see genuine care for students.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 13, 2008
I am disappointed in the teachings of most of the teachers of this school. My son has minmal homework nightly. The teachers would rather send the children out of class rather then address the problem and find a solution. They are focused on passing the children so to maintain funding rather then the children knowing their studies. The tutor programs offered are a joke!! This is not a school for a successful future for our children.........

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2008
Great school with outstanding caring teachers. There has been much improvement with new staff members being added. The parent involvement has go up but still no where it should be. There seem to be a much more positive atmosphere in recent years.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2008
i hate parents that write about this school as they know anything, the curriculum of the school is as good as any ive ever heared of, maybe even better. the safety of the school has been dramatically increased, and the teachers there are some the best ive ever known. our principle is doing a great job on making the school a better place. the only thing i know that is not even that bad at all in its overall quality is the parent involvment. about 5 out of 6 kids now have their parents participating in mark twain events. the other parents are either occupied or are just bad parents. but all together mark twain has been the best middle school ive been to, and ive been to lincoln middle school in santa monica and john adams.

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2008
School is clean, safe. Teachers are engaging, students seem interested in learning. Parent involvement seems to be on the rise.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 29, 2008
I like this school. We work very hard.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2007
A school is only as good as it's parent group and this school fails miserably. Sadly procative, postive positive parenting is a rarity at this school, instead kids are from homes where there is no structure, support or parental involvement. Too many parents treat this school as Day Care, drop 'em off, keep 'em off the streets. Apathetic staff. Uncaring faculty.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2007
I wrote the review dated August 11, 2004. I see not much has changed. Most teachers here have been comitted to seeing our children succeed, in accordance with CEAC (the No Child Left Behind program) Adminstrative staff still has poor communication skills between themselves, teachers and parents. It is paramount that parents continue to stay involved in their childs life, in school and with teachers. This is a stepping stone to high school where it can get worse. I am Booster Club President with a son who is a Junior and urge all parents to stay involved and insist on accountability from school staff, teachers and your child. Your child needs your support. Good luck!

- submitted by a administrator
September 02, 2007
It is a great school for children!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
The lack of communication between parents and administrative staff were a huge disappointment. Phone calls were not returned in a timely manner, nor were the teachers prepared to receive e-mail correspondence. The classes were not challenging for my son and he became bored quickly.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
A horrible environment for learning...no security..lot's of racial tension. No communication between teachers, counselors and parents. We have tried calling, e-mail and send notes with my daughter to her teachers and principal no respond back. The only good thing about this school is her journalism class and the teacher. My daughter has only been here for her 7th grade and she will not be back for 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
Instead of encouraging involvment w/ both parents AND community, they rev parents up to believe that the school is its own entity while the community is the enemy. Clearly, its in administration's favor to maintain power & control within. But the reality is that it hurts us parents & our kids and leaves us totally dependent on their decision-making. Bottom line - New leadership or else this school's destined to fail our kids as it has for so long.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
Mark Twain is getting much better. The school has historically faced some pretty significant challenges and has not always risen to them. Since Dr. Felz came on board, I have seen a significant rise in teacher and student morale. I know that my child is not alone in having gained so much from the Bell Choir and Dance programs and I was really pleased to see the school form an Arts Academy on campus. I really hope that the current leadership will stay in place long enough to get a real school improvement momentum going. We also really need more parents involved! Parents tend to step back post-elementary school and this is further complicated at Mark Twain by the fact that so many kids are bussed in from far away and that certain community members have made it difficult for involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2006
The teachers at Twain are some of the best I have encountered. They spend more time working together for the benefit of the students than any other school (including Paul Revere) I have observed. Kudos to the Principal, the halls are quiet, clean and pleasant. The students are polite and respectful.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2006
Huge disappointment. The new principle has done little to implement any real change at this school. The teachers have low expectations. The parent conferences are a joke. There are a few good teachers here, but simply not enough to make up for the bad ones and the poor leadership. It's very hard to get vital info in a timely manner. This school is an embarrassement for this lovely mar vista neighborhood. If you have other options, take them. I wish we had.

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October 03, 2006
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September 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2006
The school received a Poor in terms of safety and health as reported by the LAUSD Office of Environmental Health and Safety.Parents do not attend meetings. Administration plays community against one another to Divide and Conquer.

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August 28, 2005
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August 23, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 17, 2005
Mark Twain was like any other LAUSD school. Overcrowded, lacking good infrastructure, weak test scores.

- submitted by a former student
June 03, 2005
Mark Twain School needs many things - most important it needs parent involvement. Parents seem to step back at the middle school level yet this is when the students need to see parent involvement the most. It is disappointing to see a neighborhood school lack in parent involvement.

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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
December 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2004
The campus is clean, secure, and safe. The learning environment is friendly, engaging, and supportive. The teachers are committed to improving instruction so that students can meet the state standards. There are interventions and after school programs to help students who are not doing well. There are recognitions and activities for student improvement. The kids like being there.

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Mark Twain Middle School
2224 Walgrove Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90066
(310) 305-3100
Last modified Mark Twain Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mark Twain Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top