It is important to understand that Twain's low rating is most likely based on test scores alone. Test scores can be misleading. Twain has a diverse student body, and a wonderful, supporting atmosphere. It is a striving and thriving community, and if you are looking for a school for your child where every teacher will do their best to help your kid as an individual and make sure they perform to the best of their ability, then go to Twain. Go Tigers! (Twain also won "Best Float" at last year's City High Homecoming Parade - because we have students, teachers, and parents that care and support their school wholeheartedly!)
My daughter has excelled at Mark Twain Elementary and has every opportunity available to her. Her peers are diverse, the teachers are excellent, leadership is phenomenal. My daughter struggled with a subject and her teacher found different ways to teach it and for her to learn. She loves going to school and gets upset she can't on snow days. We love this school and wouldn't leave it for anything.
Phenomenal teachers and a diverse student body. My son is a very, very young Kindergartner and already, a few months into his experience at Twain, he's reading books on his own, adding and subtracting, and meeting so many friends from different backgrounds. Most important: He's in love with learning and looks forward to school every day. We've had a great experience so far.
Twain has a truly remarkable staff of very dedicated teachers led by a strong, attentive and committed principal and supported by an excellent staff. I literally cannot say enough good things about the education that my daughter has received at this school. The school's motto is "We are a responsible, caring, community" and it is true. The overall, holistic commitment to helping students learn and succeed can be felt throughout the school in many, many ways. Iowa City is blessed with many strong schools but Twain is the one that I want my daughter to be in.