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  • Twain Elementary School9

    Houston, TX | Harris County

    January 18, 2015


    I have to unfortunately differ with most of the opinions of Mark Twain for specific reasons. I sent my daughter there for 2 years, and she has ADHD. There needed to be very small accommodations for her, as she was under a 504. The principal never made any changes that were written down, nor the teacher, or helped improve her education, and she was not learning, literally, anything. She completely fell through the cracks. I had meeting after meeting and there was all talk, yet nothing shown. She just needed a little extra, and this was never done. A good school for a completely typical student, yet not at ALL for an out of the box thinker, a child who is creative and thinks differently, and especially not for a child who has any kind of learning difference. Even as small as ADHD.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 15, 2014


    This school is more than great! The education is in a very high level and the kids are in really good hands. All the personal is caring and respectful. The principal has an unfrequent level of commitment and has the best disposition to keep the school at the level the students deserve. The literature program is the gem of the school. The kids in this school love reading and writing and they are encouraged to do so. Great Fine Arts program as well and very nurtured library!

    Submitted by a parent

    October 19, 2014


    One of the best schools! The principal is very much in touch and dedicated to the school's well being. Kids are well cared and overall development is stressed upon, not just test scores. I have had very good experience whenever I needed to talk to anybody. It is a school that is both academically good as well as with a personal touch - a combination rare to find.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 3, 2014


    This school is very good, Teachers are very helpful and caring. My daughter has been here for two months, and she loves to go to school.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 8, 2013


    My school is the best in Houston! The only drawback is the temporary buildings as the more and more families move into the area and just to send their kids to Twain. Great as a literary magnet and IB school.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 31, 2013


    This is a well organized school. Students are encouraged to learn and express. Parents are well involved. I love the school building too - indoor rooms are very clean, bright and organized.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 26, 2013


    We just started at Twain but I have been extremely impressed with how organized and friendly everyone has been. My daughter just started Kindergarten her and she was immediately put at ease by her new teacher. I look forward to a great year at Twain.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 19, 2013


    our son attended K grade and this is our first year. Indeed the environment is buzzing with energy and parents are kept involved at every stage. I would disagree with the 'child not wanting to go to the school' and teachers 'yelling or screaming'. On the contrary the child loved getting up in the morning and looking forward to school days. In our experience they make an effort to educate children to be part of a diverse society. Can't comment on higher classes. We did find it odd though that they tend to promote local businesses to get donations but perhaps it is OK if done within reason due to overall budget cuts etc.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 19, 2013


    Our son is in K grade and this is our first year. The school is great especially teachers, they are very helpful and caring. My son loves to go to school.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 16, 2012


    The principal displays strong leadership and while LDC and the writing program are impressive, I subtracted a star because the math and science is program is not as strong as it should be. Many other parents say they supplement with extracurricular math/science programs. My child is a rising 5th grader who has attended Mark Twain since the 1st grade and he says he feels weak in that area when compared to his friends who attend other elementary schools.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 25, 2011


    I guess I expect more than the other parents who have posted here. While Twain will never be mistaken with an elementary in a gritty, working class neighborhood (like the one I attended growing up), I'm disappointed with our performance compared to our peer schools like Roberts Elementary, River Oaks Elementary or West University Elementary. My child continually comments on never feeling challenged by the work. If you have the type of child that tests in the highest percentiles, you probably want to look elsewhere for a challenging environment.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 30, 2011


    This is our first year at Twain. Wow! I can't say enough about it. The school buzzes with life. Everyone (students, teachers, and parents) seem to be energetic about being there. The importance of reaching and teaching the whole child is amazing these days and at this school it is their mission. Focus seems to be on enriching each student beyond what is expected for standardized test. If you look a the school's testing data knocking the standardized test out of the water is second nature. The principal always greets each parent and child every morning with a smile. She seems very comfortable with any parent/child interaction. My child's teacher, Mrs. Paschal, is above and beyond. She greets each child with a smile and a hug every morning. She keeps the parents well informed through her website and blog. This schools specials classes are great too. We're coming from a school that has only PE and music. Twain has Spanish, PE, Music, Art, Language Arts Lab, etc. Wow! We are very blessed to be a part of Twain Elementary!

    Submitted by a parent

    March 4, 2010


    My second grader has been attending Twain since kindergarten. While he dislikes daily homework, he loves going to school everyday and loves working on special assignment projects. We have found all his teachers to be competent, caring, and professional. Parent-teacher communication is excellent. The IB program fosters a sense of learning for the sake of learning rather than test performance and global awareness. The LDC/ literary development curriculum is impressive. The PTO is very active-individual parents can choose to be involved with the school daily or not at all; there is no pressure either way. The new principal seems well-liked by teachers, parents, and kids.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 9, 2010


    The new princible is absolutley wonderful! The LDC program is great! So is the GT and Dual language!

    Submitted by a parent

    December 22, 2009


    My children (K and 4th) attend this school and I work there. We all love going to school. The teachers and staff really care about the kids and make kids want to learn. There is a new principal, and the teachers seem to love him and he is very involved in the daily campus life. I am thrilled that there is little emphasis on testing, although they sure seem to do well- they are doing a lot right!

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