For the Gifted and Talented

  • Second and Final Open House on Thurs, 10/18! 

    Special instructions for attendees:

    Our two Open Houses for prospective applicants are October 16 and October 18 from 5pm to 7pm. The October 16th session is geared more towards out of District 21 applicants and the October 18th session is geared more towards students middle school zoned for District 21 but attend either rather than neither. Remember that parking in the neighborhood is in short supply so arrive early and if history is any indicator, the crowds will be substantial so you might want to target specific Talent programs in order of priority just in case you can't make it to all of them. You will have an opportunity to wander the building, listen to presentations by the teachers of the various talent areas that we test in, and some questions may be answered. Many of the presenters will make their email addresses available on a case by case basis and you will be given the contact information for the school's admissions department for follow-up. There is no sign up requirement. Simply show up and we'll accommodate you in that time slot.


    We are pleased to announce that the PA is now able to accept online donations! Please check out our link at
    Thank you for your continued support of all of our efforts to help make your child's experience at Mark Twain both rewarding and memorable!

    Congratulations to Our Principal

     We want to share some exciting news, we all know how special our principal and school are, but now the entire world can know.
    Please join us in CONGRATULATING our principal
    Thanks to nominations from our school community (parents, students, faculty & staff, alums,)—OUR very own principal KAREN DITOLLAhas been selected as a principal of excellence to receive a 2018 Blackboard Award! 
    We are extremely proud of her hard work and efforts on behalf of our students and our school community.
    Since 2002, the Blackboard Awards have been honoring excellence in education in New York City, celebrating schools, principals, and teachers form all education communities – public, private, parochial and charter and in all grade levels through high school.  

    "Remind" Learn More About It & Sign Up

    If you want to learn more about our Remind System (and by all means please sign up), click this link:

    High School Applications Go Digital

    Beginning this fall, the Department of Education is offering an online application system, “MySchools”, for high school admissions. This means that families of 8th graders will be able to submit their high school applications online. Parents will also be able to register their children online for the SHSAT and LaGuardia auditions. We will no longer send you a paper HS application and a SHSAT/LaGuardia registration form.

    In order to get an access to MySchools, parents must create an account with a valid email address. We will be sending home access information (website, PIN) as soon they are available.

    Important High School Links

    High School Fairs

    High School Directory

    Specialized High Schools Handbook

    Specialized High Schools Web Site Link

    High School Admissions Events/Calendar (Remember to Sign Up as Needed)

    Registration for Catholic High Schools

    Catholic High Schools Download Applicant Record

    Registration for TACHS exam is open now. Parents must register their child online using above link or by calling 1-866-618-2247.

    Download the Applicant Record using above link

    Complete Part A.

    Send the form along with a pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelope for each school listed on the application to the Cluster Coordinator.

    Please send the form at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline!!!

    Download all the HS Audition Guides (Vocal, Visual Arts, Instrumental, Film, Drama, Dance)

    Water Test Results

    If you wish to view the letter from the CEO of the Department of Ed's School Operation Divsion on the subject of our building's water test results, please click here Don't be overly concerned because the fixtures in question have been out of service for years for a variety of reasons. And rest assured, the administration will follow up with the DOE's ongoing and future remediation projects and no students or staff will have access to such fixtures until they meet the latest guidelines.


    Mark Twain Initiatives for the Upcoming Year

    We recommend that familes review the web site to familiarize themselves on one of our planned initiatives for this upcoming school year. "In a mastery-based learning environment, students progress by demonstrating independent mastery of learning goals, or outcomes. Goals are transparent from the start. Feedback focuses on crucial next steps to achieve and deepen mastery of skills and content over time." Our hope is that "Parents are more in the loop on their children's progress... more frequent, transparent feedback on how to understand, discuss, and support learning."

    In a related initiatve, the Habits of Success, we recommend that families view this video at If you want additional information, it's available from the University of Chicago at


    Download PointPoint from 6-11 Orientation

    Click to view PDF of Incoming Students Orientation

    Summer Assignments for all Grades

    ELA Assignments

    Math Assignments

    Intro to HS Admissions

    If you're in our 6th or 7th grade and want an overview of your upcoming High School Admissions process, at least how it currently plays out, download this document.

    Grade 6 Spring Concert

    Creative Writing Awards

    Congratulations to several creative writing students who won awards this spring. 8th grader Maeve B won first place in the Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Contest. She will receive $500 and her short story will be published.
    6th graders Sasha A-K and Lilliana U won second and third place respectively in the Jewish Heritage Essay Contest. They will receive checks and read from their winning pieces at a ceremony at the UFT Headquarters on May 15.

    Our Students Perform at Grammy's Weekend Event

    Our Vocal Talent Students are performing in front of the music industry's movers and shakers.

    NY1 Reports on Neptun Ave Traffic Issues

    Click Link to article/video


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