Students enrolled 410
Hours 8am - 2:50pm
School leader MS. KAREN DITOLLA
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District New York City Geographic District #21
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2401 Neptune Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224

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Map of Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented address.

4 stars
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May 18, 2014
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.

- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2014
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

- submitted by a community member
December 03, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
August 15, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
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!

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2013
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

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 2012
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?

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August 13, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
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

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
February 29, 2012
This is a great school. I am really happy to be in Mark Twian. It has so much to offer. Each talent does something special. Also, to let you try new things we have enrichment classes! Although it may sometimes be challenging we also have tutoring during lunch. It's very comfortable in general and the teachers make sure everyone understands everything.

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January 23, 2012
My sixth grader knew there would be serious concentration on her talent area, and that if she didn't get in as a drama "talent" she couldn't do drama, so she worked her audition piece and went to the tryout and got in. She is thrilled with everything about the school, and I have been impressed by the academic rigor, though I don't think they are overloaded with homework. It seems the student population is generally bright and driven. If it weren't so far away (in the heart of Coney Island), it would be awesome. It's still a great school.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
I hate this school. You are classified by your talent and don't get to do any other extra curricular activities other than your talent. You can't be apart of the school newspaper unless you are in creative writing talent is one example. I came into that school thinking you would have many opportunities but you don't. You are dividing by clusters within your grade and can't hang around with other people in other clusters. You really don't hang around much with the people that are in your cluster expect for mainly your homeroom. Every cluster has different teachers that teach different things and at different rates so not all kids are getting the same education. The new principal isn't as fun as the old one. Unless your kid is willing to devote only to their talent and not meet many new people so be it and let them go to mark twain. They put on a act like they are the best school but behind closed doors the kids are bad and get put on lock down. You don't get much physical activity unless you are in athletics talent. You only have gym one a week for only two periods unlike the mandatory three and don't get to go outside for lunch. I wish I could rate them a ZERO.

- submitted by a community member
December 19, 2011
This is a great school. The only complain I have is that there is no locker in school. My kid has to carry a 18+ lbs school bag all day long. It would be a big plus if they can install lockers for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
As having recently graduated from the school, I can say that it is an amazing place with so much to offer. Our academics are top notch. We also have variety, having not only academic talents but also a strong performing arts area. Here the teachers are always welcoming and our principal cares so much about the school. It really is a great school.

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April 17, 2011
Almost every day my son comes home from school and tells me what he did in science talent class. He never used to tell me things about elementary school! He's learning a lot at Twain and he's being engaged and challenged by the material. One of his teachers said to me "call me any time, that's what I'm here for." My son says the principal regularly walks the halls and pops in on classes. The only thing I don't like is that they never go outside. Overall, I'm very impressed with this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
THIS IS A WONDERFUL SCHOOL. AWSOME ACADEMICS, THE STAFF IS OUTSTANDING!!! VERY APPROACHABLE. ALWAYS KIND WORDS AND VERY HELPFUL. SO MUCH TO OFFER CHILDREN IN EVERY TALENT. I LOVE IT! MS. MOORE IS OUTSTANDING

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
My child goes there and she loves it! She had to choose between IS 187, another good school (but not as good as this school) and Mark Twain and she chose this school. She doesn't regret this decision at all and I agree with her.

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no rating October 21, 2010
I love mark twain because the teachers really care about their students and the principal mrs moore makes sure all children are happy and safe...

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Challenging academics, and great 'talent' classes. My son is enjoying his time here, and I am glad for the academic backbone he's receiving. Teachers are very available, and make 2 periods a week open for a cluster conference, where all the teachers your child has are available to talk. Extra help is given when needed (my son takes math tutoring one day during lunch), so that all kids can achieve. The principal is strong (although I wish she wouldn't always refer to the students as her 'babies'!) My son is very happy here,

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
Best public junior high school in nyc best principal and administration very talented children

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
This school has bad teachers and is just down right bad.

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no rating March 10, 2010
As an 8th grader at Mark Twain, I can proudly say that the last two years (and counting) have been a blast! Mark Twain has been and still is an amazing educational experience. Not only does it challenge students academically but also artistically. Mark Twain has helped me to grow both as a person and as a student. I will miss their Drama program =[

- submitted by a student
no rating March 07, 2010
I completely hate this school. I am in 8th grade, and just can't wait till graduation! The teachers have no idea how to teach here!

- submitted by a student
no rating March 06, 2010
Awesome school! Great students and teachers!

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2010
I love this school!!! The teachers are the best, and I can't wait until 7th and 8th grade!! It's so much fun being in this school, thanks to the principal, the teachers, the security guards, and everyone the helps out, making this one of the best middle schools in NYC!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 22, 2009
I love IS 239. the principle is very organized and cares for the students and the school. the teachers are sweet and teach our children to succeed in life and every thing they do. My child has learned a lot from this school and loves it! Lets go team!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I love IS 239 because the faculty and staff are superb. Their love and care for the children are astronomical. I am appauled extremely about the interest in each student and for assuring the students meet their potential. Great Job IS 239. MY FAMILY AND I LOVE YOU ALL.

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no rating November 04, 2009
It is wonderful, I love all of my teachers. They are so nice. I love my vocal talent and it's fun to go to school.

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no rating November 03, 2009
I love Mark Twain because of the various talent areas it offers. My daughter is a theatre student and can't wait to go to drama class each week. When kids love to go to school and succeed academically it's a no brainer- this school is getting it right!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
The school offers many classes for children to 'major' in, such as instrumental music, drama, computers, dance, drama, athletics, etc. The Principal and Staff are caring individuals.'Let's Go Team' is the school's mantra, everyone works together-principal, teachers, students and parents. The faculty keep us informed of my child's progress, as well as the happenings in the school and the community. The Principal is a professional with respect for her staff, and they have mutual respect for her. The school is absolutely terrific. Children are safe and succeed in this school. This school is one of the top middle schools in NY because of these reasons. My child is a senior and we are sad to be leaving such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
everyone's wonderful and talented and so nice! and you actually learn a LOT <3 (vocal talent)

- submitted by a student
October 31, 2009
great school, very supportive teachers and excellent cirriculum

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
It is a very fun educational extraordinary school

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no rating October 31, 2009
My son recently started Mark Twain. He absolutely loves it!!! The classes are great and the administration is wonderful! Great place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
The curriculum is both fun and challenging - my son loves the science talent and thinks it's the best in new york city.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
Mark Twain's teachers are very helpful and have given my child an excellent education!

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no rating October 29, 2009
I could not ask for a better school for my daughter, she is getting a great education from the best teachers in New York. The staff is always there to help or answer any questions you have and help your child exceed in their education.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
My son just started but from I have experienced so far the teachers and faculty seem to genuinely care about the students' success and well being.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
It's a great school with a great faculty.

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no rating October 28, 2009
IS 239 makes all the efforts to let children express themselves

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no rating July 14, 2009
Mark Twain is a great school but sometimes I feel that the abundance of work is extremely overwhelming to the students. They never get a break. Excessive homework, constant projects, and studying for tests never lets up. Lightening the load would make a big difference so that the kids can truly enjoy their school.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2009
Its a very good school and also very fun and good educating from the Principal and teachers

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- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
The teachers teach well and I enjoy my talent.

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April 12, 2009
Everyone says its a difficult school, in fact it is easy to get good grades in it. All you have to do is pay attention in class. I am a senior in Twain now and I enjoy the school.

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January 27, 2009
I'm an eighth grader at Mark Twain, and if you're a worried parent or student, don't be! I was frightened of attending myself, as there are so many talented students here and so much competition. But each student is given the chance to shine here. My experience here has been the absolute best--I've learned so much, and Mark Twain has shone me my love for writing. I think it has helped other students discover their dreams too. In addition, Mark Twain helps students who may fall behind. Peer tutoring is extremely helpful because it's easier for a child to learn when it is his or her peer who is explaining it. Teachers will not hesitate to help if a student needs any additional tutoring, and the faculty make learning a fun and interactive experience. So don't hesitate to come to Mark Twain; it's been one of my best experiences.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2009
Mark Twain is an awesome school. The teachers are very fun to talk to. The faculty is always helpful.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
I.S. 239 outstanding! As a Senior Parent, the best choice ever made in the education of my daughter. Secure and extraordinary Team: Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Chung, Mr Seif, Mrs Conenna, All Teachers, Staff and Mr. Griffin with the Community and extra activities. What a Talent! And Gifted! paradise for our children. God Bless You Always. You all are the best!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2008
My son is currently enrolled in Twain. Overall, this is an excellent school, with a rigorous course of study and many enrichment offerings. The talent classes are truly advanced, offering course work that is not usually encountered until high school. If you're child is responsible, has a strong work ethic, and can deal with some pressure, then this is the school for them. Your child will have every opportunity to excel. However, if your child is prone to using their talent as an excuse not to work as seriously on their academics, or does not perform well under pressure, another school will be a better choice.

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- submitted by a student
October 07, 2008
Im an 8th grader here and this school rocks. We got an A+ this year because we deserved it.

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- submitted by a teacher
September 05, 2008
If you are a 90% average student or higher - this is a great school, however, anything below that, the school does not know how to teach to. I am very happy my child is now done with this school. 'Gifted and Talented' doesn t mean your child is up to the academic level of 90% coming into that school. I gave them a bright, happy and willing to learn child and got back a burnt out, unhappy child that now lacked self-esteem. The school is safe, the curriculum is good but the teachers are clueless on how to work with children that have different learning styles and needs. The teachers could use some training! The only ray of sunshine to the teaching staff there is the drama teacher - Mr. DeCaro. He is what helped my child get through the last 3 years. I am just glad it is over.

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no rating April 10, 2008
I love mark twain. The teachers are always there for us and they help us when we need it. Everything in this school is amazing.

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2008
i love this school they help me if i need it and they listen when i need them to

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- submitted by a student
February 25, 2008
i am a student in mark twain. the teachers in the school are very nice and helpful. i am having good lessons about differ places.the teachers push us up to do our best on stae tests!i love this school !

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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
Great experience for my child. Caring and capable teachers, responsive administration. The Talent areas really allow the children to shine.

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no rating January 11, 2008
I think this school deserves a five star rating because when I heard about it I had to go there.

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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
It's been two years since I've left this school, and I must say that it had been the greatest experience EVER! When I first got there, I didn't feel like doing anything except slack off, but I realized the atmosphere around me was very competitive, so it made me want to do more. Also, my teachers pushed me hard, making me do the best I could, and I can proudly say that it is one of the best schools in New York City. Although the principal was a bit of an over-reactor, and sometimes students were accused wrongly for silly things, nothing else was bad. I suggest if your child is smart in something like mathematics, sciences, writing, etc, let them try out for this school! It'll be the greatest choice yet!

- submitted by a former student
June 30, 2007
I have just graduated my 2nd child from MT. Enough cannot be said about the environment - caring, diverse, inspiring, energetic, demanding. The teachers, administration, school safety, students and parents all work together as a team for each and every child. Indeed, each day begins with 'Let's Go Team!' called out over the PA system by the energetic and enigmatic principal. She sets the tone and the tone is perfect.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2007
This school appears to be one of the best schools in the city or at least it's bragged about that way. The truth of the matter is it's a school for extremely bright stundents who would excel no matter where they were. If you are extremely bright you will do well. Unfortunately the most creative talented children are not always driven academically. This is where the school fails miserably. It seems as the Principal and staff are all more interested in keeping a reputation rather than making a a truly all around functioning school open to all children. Many of the administration and faculty are not equipped to deal with truly creative children who have minds of their own.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
I go to Mark Twain, and I think that it is a great school, with many different types of diversities and different talents. This school has so many extracurricular activities, like piano, drums, art, computer, social studies, media and many others. The principal is also very good and makes sure that everything gets done correctly. The teachers are so nice. They know a lot about what they teach and more. Not only that, they are really easy to talk to. Parents are involved a lot. For example, they get invited to parties, get involved with PTA and many more. In the school, they are very protective at the school and they make sure that nothing goes wrong. I am in Mark Twain, and this is the first time that I have ever been sad that school is over! I highly recommend this school to any parent/student looking for a good school.

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- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2006
I graduated from Mark Twain last year. It is absolutely the best!!!!!! The teachers are really nice and they care alot about the welfare of their students. the students are very nice and enthusiatic. The relationship between everyone is amazing, i wouldn't suggest anywhere else for a kid to start and finish the middle school experience.

- submitted by a former student
October 15, 2006
Mark Twain is an amazing school. The Mark Twain 'family' is very caring and supportive towards every child. The programs and academics at this school are very hard to beat. Students look forward to coming to school everyday and feeling proud to have the Mark Twain spirit.

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2006
To tell you the truth, I go to this school right now and I'm in 6th grade. I love evrything: the people,teachers,classes,etc. It's wonderful!

- submitted by a student
June 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
Excellent caring teachers

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
My son is graduating from Mark Twain this June. For the most part, this was a very good educational and social experience for him. The teachers are experienced and committed and, particularly in the 6th grade, the cluster concept, where the major subject teachers meet together each week, was helpful in fostering a good knowledge of the students. The classes are rigorous and the honors program allows for acceleration in individual subjects. My son enjoys the intensive talent period, which helps him to focus on the academic periods, too. I also like the fact that there are a variety of once-a-week classes like cooking, technology (shop), and art, which expose him to different skills. The biggest negative for him was the very limited afterschool activities (partly due to being a magnet school located at one end of Bklyn). This year he's finally in the afterschool/Saturday basketball program, which he loves.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
This school is well rounded, culturally diverse and academically advanced. Mark Twain has one of the most encouraging staffs, dynamic principal, elite assistant principals, the best safety agents and one the most electrifying Parents' Assn. in the entire NYC school system! Mark Twain is a gifted and talent middle school whose academic core is heightened by its profound dedication to the arts. My child is a solid-A student with a vocal concentration and studying a foreign language. The students recieve physical and health education to balance out their curriculum. As a parent it is with great appreciation for the reputation of Mark Twain that I supported my child's decision to audition and test for the school. Once accepted into their vocal program, my family has continued to focus our efforts around my child's success at I.S. 239. The senior students are well prepared to compete for the best HS in NYC.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
This school is great. My son went here and is now in styvesaunt. The best

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
This is an excellent school with a great art/math/science program. Probably best in the city.

- submitted by a teacher
April 18, 2006
Supposed to be one of the best junior highs in NYC, but teachig quality is not all that great with very little teachers involvement and after school activities. In too mamy cases homework never checked or went over and it seems like teachers simply do not care...

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
Very Good Principal: Involved, energetic, caring. Students are made to feel welcome, accepted and cared for.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
This school is really great. I love the way classes are organized. The staff are also great.

- submitted by a former student
July 13, 2005
My son has been at the school for two years and I feel he has gotten a superior education and is far more prepared than his friends at other middle schools for high school. With one or two exceptions, the teachers have been wonderful. The APs and principal deal with any parental concerns in a very prompt and considerate manner. Some kids do get very competitive about their grades, but I think it's the ones who are feeling pressure from parents. For the most part, the kids at this school all want to be high-acheivers. That can be good for some kids who enjoy the competition, but maybe too much for some.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
School focus is on academics. Teachers & admin are very caring & supportive. Entering 6th graders are treated with kid gloves, trained to study & work hard. In 7th grade the bar is raised, more is expected, and the kids are ready to meet it. 8th grade is exciting and rewarding. Most kids seem to go to good and great schools. Most get their 1st of 2nd choice. Of a graduating class of about 400 this year, 81 made Sty, 93 made Tech, 54 made LaGuardia, 9 made Bronx. Lots go on to Brooklyn jewel schools. Spirit and support take Twain kids far indeed.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
I'm currently going to Mark Twain. I'm in 8th grade and to tell you it is trulty the greatest school in New York City. Thanks to my teachers I made it in the National Junior Honor Society. This year (2005) many students made it in to Brooklyn Tech, LaGuuardia, and all other special schools. We trutly improve our talents and we also improve are knowledge.

- submitted by a student
July 15, 2004
My son just completed 7th grade. This school is fabulous. You can't ask for better academics. Programming runs smoothly. The teachers are accessible. Even though he has to leave the house at 7 AM to travel by private bus for an 8 AM school start time, my son loves the school. The only weakness? The kids aren't allowed out into the school yard at lunch time so they're in the building for the whole day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 15, 2004
My son just finished 7th grade. This school is fabulous. You can't ask for better academics. The programming runs smoothly. The teachers are accessible. My son has to commute by private bus but he doesn't mind the ride - it's a social time with his friends.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2004
This is my child's first year at Mark Twain. It is currently under a new principal so I will not comment on principal leadership. However the staff and assistant principals, in particular the sixth grade asssitant principal, have gone above and beyond to be nurturing and welcoming to new students. The school is very large and can be intimidating to new students. There is room for improvement in this area as far as acclamating new students. However, the curriculum is challenging , interesting and far exceeds the standards. I highly reccommend this school as a consideration.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2003
My child has been attending this school for the past year. She described it as a big party, that is eager to learn. in the beginning of august she went to buy her party supplies. The invitation to the party that I.S.239 has given her, will be remembered for years to come. Thankyou for making it so easy to move on for my daughter.

- submitted by a community member
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Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented
2401 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY  11224
(718) 266-0814
Last modified Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 123 reviews.