About Mark Twain School

  • Twain Mark Twain serves more than 380 K-6th grade students living in portions of Niles and unincorporated Des Plaines. One of East Maine School District 63's seven schools, it offers a full range of services for academic, social, emotional, and physical growth. Mark Twain students attend the District's Gemini Junior High School -- and then Maine East High School.
    At Mark Twain, we celebrate diversity and the individual gifts that each child brings to our school community. Thirty-five languages are spoken in the school -- including Spanish, Assyrian, Gujarati, Malayalam, Urdu, and more. Eighty-four percent of our students live in homes in which a language other than English is spoken.
    Mark Twain's teaching team is made up of dedicated professionals who care deeply about helping students succeed in and out of the classroom. We focus on providing rigorous instruction based on the Common Core State Standards in a differentiated manner that allows every child to learn. Our school also features:
    • Technology-enhanced classrooms.
    • Band and orchestra programs.
    • An active PTO that sponsors annual events throughout the school year including movie nights, book fairs, and more.
    • School-sponsored activities such as the Twain Cadets, Drumming up Respect, and ethnic dancing groups.
    • Strong community partnerships with area businesses, social service agencies, and local government.
    • Special needs services. While many students are successful in general education classes, the District offers programming for multi-needs and ASD students, primary and intermediate life skills classrooms, and an extended school year (ESY) summer school
    • Kindergarten readiness summer school for at-risk students.
    • ELL services, including access to bilingual preschool and ELL summer school -- as well as native language support for students.

    Mark Twain families also have access to a rich array of District-wide programs, including:

    • The First Steps Preschool, which serves more than 200 preschoolers through programs for at-risk and special needs children, and a general tuition-based community program. Apollo also serves as one of the District's community preschool sites.
    • Free ELL classes for parents and Bilingual Parent Advisory Council
    • A free Spanish-language parenting class (hosted at Apollo) for those with children aged 0-6
    • The award-winning Expanded Learning Program, serving more than 275 students annually in its afterschool program. Expanded Learning also offers school break programs for winter, spring, and summer; basketball and volleyball leagues; open gym nights; and teen programs.

    At Mark Twain, we know parents play a key role in their children's education -- and we welcome parent participation. Don't hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns!