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Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard

Public | PK-5 | 371 students

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $75,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $850.

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Posted June 22, 2013

My son went to kindergarten here. We pulled him out after that year due to the unruly nature of both the children and staff there. The end of year pagentry quickly descended into chaos as the principle began shouting at the children, who were themselves raising a terrible ruckus. My wife and I turned to each other and agreed that this was it for us and Mark Twain.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

RUDE AND UNEXCEPABLE THIS IS RUDE AND UNEXCEBABLE SO TAKE THAT I AM SOO TIRED OF THIS MESSS THEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted June 16, 2010

This was our son's first year attending the school. The school's secretary could use a lesson in manners, she can be quite rude at times. I did not care for the way that some of the teachers and staff members would address some of the students, it was totally inappropriate. The school my son previously attended did things different, so I was not too impressed by this school and he will not be attending for a second year. I will say that there were a couple and I mean a couple of teachers who really showed that they cared for their students, no more than a handful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

Mark Twain has actually gone a bit downhill. This is my daughter's 4th year there. She has always made the A honor roll, but I honestly feel like the teachers are not focused at this school anymore. The overall test scores for the school did increase, but the actual day to day teaching is not where it should be. Each year, my daughter had teachers that would be absent quite a bit, and that affects how the students learn. This used to be an excellent school, but improvement is definitely needed here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2003

Mark Twain is a excellent school. They offer an extended Curriculum to 5:30pm for students enrolled in the Advanced Vanguard Program. Mark Twain offers Basket Ball, Orchestra, Music, Spanish and Choir. This school specializes in the study of Government and the Law, so students get in-dept studies in the subjects of Reading, Government/Law, Speech, and Economics. Faculty from the Southern Methodist University also aid in law related lectures. The school is located in an Historic Oak Cliff neighborhood surrounded by Beautiful homes with large well manicured lawn. This school has been great for my child. My only word of caution would be, do not try to enroll your kid in every extracurricular activity. This school offers so many interesting programs its easy to overload the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

46 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

60 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

60 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Female90%
Male65%
Black or African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education40%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students73%
Female76%
Male71%
Black or African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education40%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Female81%
Male71%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female92%
Male74%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students74%
Female90%
Male53%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students80%
Female74%
Male83%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education43%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female70%
Male73%
Black or African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education29%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female57%
Male68%
Black or African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education43%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
48%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
30%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students59%
Female88%
Male27%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students45%
Female50%
Male40%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education46%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted45%
Bilingual50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Female60%
Male59%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students49%
Female46%
Male51%
Black or African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Special educationn/a
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted39%
Bilingual53%

Writing

All Students53%
Female53%
Male54%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted43%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Female88%
Male55%
Black or African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted66%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students63%
Female68%
Male59%
Black or African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingual82%

Science

All Students48%
Female58%
Male36%
Black or African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted37%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 68% 13%
Hispanic 29% 52%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
White N/A 29%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 25%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • TRICIA LANCASTER
Fax number
  • (972) 749-3001

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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724 Green Cove Lane
Dallas, TX 75232
Phone: (972) 749-3000

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