HistoryMark Twain Elementary School opened its doors on September 11,1950. It was named for one of America's most beloved writers and humorists, Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Mark Twain lived from 1835 to 1910. His best known books, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) were written as children's stories.
The school opened with approximately 800 students in 1950. It served a newly developed neighborhood in southwest Houston. As the neighborhood families matured, school enrollment dropped off. Mark Twain was actually scheduled for closure in the early 1980's, but the repopulating of the neighborhood by younger families and the innovative instructional program which includes the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme have led to increased enrollment.
Since 2005, Mark Twain Elementary School has been an authorized IB World School. All of of Mark Twain’s students participate in the PYP and the Literary Development Magnet. We are an International Spanish Academy and have a Dual Language program that consists of one dual language class at each grade level.
In 2005, Mark Twain was rebuilt as a state-of-the-art school. It is located in the heart of the Braeswood Place neighborhood near the Houston Medical Center where people come from around the world to study and work. The school is surrounded by amenities that include the Weekley Family YMCA, McGovern Public Library and Helen’s McGovern Public Library and Helen’s Park.
Mission StatementMark Twain Elementary is a community of life-long learners, built upon a collaborative spirit that fosters inquiry-based learning. Our purpose is to promote and develop responsible, active, and reflective citizens of the world.
IB Mission StatementThe International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.