My daughter just completed first grade at Mark Twain. We had a difficult classroom with many children that had behavior and/or learning challenges. I felt the teacher was caring but a bit overwhelmed by the classroom dynamics. We will be pulling her out and going to a smaller, private school next year.
Could do better. Not a great school for a child with special needs. Will be taking my child elsewhere.
I really like this school! The kids always come first here. The staff does everything that is possible to help kids who have difficulties at school. My son struggels with his academics due to many factors such as ADD, being bilingual and having a unilateral hearing loss. They give him so much support there, I couldn't ask for more.
Pulled my child out of school because of bulling and lack of assistants when my child needs help. He has fallen behind and its so sad that I have to home school now to get him back up to grade level.
I agreed that MS. Runyon Is a wonderful teacher and the staff Barb at the office is kind and helpful. But I also found that school needed to pay more attention to the "line up" situation. My little girl was often being pushed around by the boys from same classroom because these boys were always playing in line. She said that she told some one in the school about it and nothing has been done. Also, we moved here in Jan. and the girls from the same class kept turning her away and refused to play with her.
So bad I pulled my son out of the school. He was beat up everyday came home crying and covered in bruises. The teachers and principle did nothing to protect him.
Mark Twain has been an excellent place for my son. He is now in 1st grade after a fabulous Kindergarten experience. He had Mrs. Luiten for his all day Kindergarten & she is incredible! She is dedicated to her students & to giving them a great start to their school career. My son tends to excel in his school work & this year his 1st grade teacher, Miss Runyon is working hard to keep him challenged & doing a great job. The office is very helpful, the principal is friendly & open to feedback. I'd hate for one bad review to ruin this school's reputation, it really is a great place to put your kids!
I was very disappointed by our experience at this school. The curriculum is geared entirely toward passing standardized tests, which the children do. Unfortunately, they are not equipped to deal with children who demonstrate creativity: For example, the only art program is one run by parents, and often there is no parent for a given classroom. Same with the drama program. The classes are noisy and chaotic, yet when a child is unable to pay attention in the chaos, they have negative labels put on them as though they are the problem.
We have the best staff - they put so much effort into educating our students. And our principal shows respect and genuine understanding for all our students and parents.
Mark Twain Elementary school really cares about each and every student. From the moment they walk in the school office Barb and Lynette know each child's name (this is NOT a small school)! The teachers are absolutely first rate the principal has an open door policy, so I can go speak to him anytime. When he is not in his office he is walking around the school checking on things. Even the school janitors are nice and friendly, I know them by name too. I just can't say enough great things about Mark Twain Elementary School. My oldest graduates this year, he has been there since Kindergarten, now he is in 6th grade. But I am not leaving yet because my youngest is in 1st grade.
Thank you Mark Twain for giving my kids a sense of community for making each and every student feel safe and providing an organized learning environment. Thanks to the Teachers and Administrators that give my kids positive memories that will last a liftime. Thank you for teaching tolerance and accountability.
The teachers, staff, parents and students all work together to make it a great community!
My girl attends 1st grade this year and kindergarten last year. So far, the teachers are very caring, and the parents are all very involved and helpful. Principal Rick Burden has been kind, and he is there at the engineering fair and science fair. Hardly any homework. The shortfall is the Maths. I agree with the last parent's review that the Maths is a 'sad, sad joke'. I don't agree that at 1st grade, they are still doing only addition on 0-9 and learning how to read the time on clock ? These are pre-school and kindergarten stuffs.
My son is starting his third year at Twain. It is overall a great school. Most of my complaints have to do with the district and state. There is inadequate music, art and science education and the math curriculum is a sad, sad joke. The teachers we have had so far have been terrific, though I sense a certain laziness regarding individualized curriculum for kids. Why should bright kids spend their day sitting around repeating things they already know while waiting for the other kids to catch up? The teachers are kind and clearly care a great deal about the kids. Parent involvement at this school is fabulous and the staff are helpful and fun. The playground could use a little help.
i have two kids who've attended twain; one for 6 yrs and one for 4. we have had mostly excellent experiences with both teachers and principal(s). my only concern is more of a statewide one: why no elementary band/orchestra on campus, and why such a small focus on art and social studies? i'd like to see more field trips and exposure to things beyond WASL prep.
Mark Twain is a great school. The principlal, Pernat is a great person. He knows all the childrens names and truely loves his job. The teachers are fabulous, and there is a great parent involvment in this school!
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