12800 Visger Street, Detroit MI, 48217-1056

Phone: (313) 386-5530 • Fax: (313) 386-5965

Principal: Mumtaz Haque

Official School Web Site

About us: Mark Twain School for Scholars

Offering academic and character building skills to prepare every student for a global society and workforce.

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Mark Twain School for Scholars, a Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8 school, provides a rigorous college-preparatory education to help all students become academic and creative scholars. The school offers a new gifted and talented program.

Students will learn to apply their skills across a broad range of subjects:  the language arts (Reading, English & Writing/Publishing), introduction to foreign language, math, science, social studies, fine arts, physical education/health and technology.

Mark Twain’s emphasis will help our students to become future experts as published authors, exhibited museum artists, dancers, and more — within the traditional curriculum, which is aligned to the rigorous Common Core Standards.


DSC_0882Located in an historic, safe building in Southwest Detroit, Mark Twain offers the latest in 21st century technology including Smart-boards, Net books, Laptops, Interactive White Boards / Projectors, Elmo Document Cameras, Overhead Projectors, Cassette DVD/CD Players, Computers and TVs. Students and teachers regularly integrate technology such as I-pads, tablets and Netbooks into their lessons.

The building also features special amenities such as a gymnasium with a rock climbing wall, a refurbished playground, a newly upgraded, well maintained track that is open to the community, and a bright new library sponsored by Target Corp. and Heart of America Foundation.

DSC_0772Special Offerings – Clubs

  • Academic Games
  • Discovery Science
  • Computer Science
  • Specialized Science and Math instruction for all grades
  • Small class sizes in primary grades
  • Foreign (Second) Language Instruction
  • Free After-School and Extended Day Tutoring
  • Soccer and Basketball (PAL ) with after-school and weekend transportation
  • Free breakfast and lunch
  • Multicultural Annual Events and Book Fairs
  • Writing / Book Publication Programs /Club
  • Art Initiative Program
  • Creative Movement Club
  • Mathematics Club (Math Facts and Projects)
  • Science Fairs/ Club
  • Marketing Program
  • Family Literacy, Math and Science Nights
  • Mark Twain Hands-On Museum
  • Social Studies Projects

Mark Twain’s  PreK-8 students and parents realize it is our utmost goal to completely prepare the whole child for academic excellence, global citizenship, and respect for others. Mark Twain is envisioned as a learning community where families can be nurtured and provided assistance in the development of their children’s goals to be academically and socially prepared for a successful future.


DSC_0884Mark Twain offers a gymnasium with a rock climbing wall, a playground, and a newly-upgraded track open to the Community.

A bright new library has been sponsored by the Target Corp.  and the Heart of America Foundation.


Mark Twain emphasizes excellence in reading  and writing by offering a state of the art resource-rich library, thanks to Target and the Heart of America Foundation.  Academic partners include Lillie Thomas, Making Effective Connections, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the University of Michigan and Oakland University.

Parent Engagement

Twain offers a parent-friendly setting with opportunities to attend workshops. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and take part in culminating activities when students showcase their creative projects and talents.


DSC_0916Mark Twain has a written policy on school safety and supports a proactive, preventive approach to ensure a safe school environment. We believe that knowledge is power.  Our new environment will provide assemblies, conferences and activities to eliminate barriers to learning and Code of Conduct violations.

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

More information about Pre-K Programs »

Our Vision

We envision Mark Twain as the learning center of our community, where families can be sure their children will receive an education that prepares them for citizenship in a global and technological world. Through community and business partnerships, we will provide families with resources to meet basic needs, so that children are free to focus on their innate curiosity and creativity. Our curriculum will connect students academically, socially and culturally with resources near and far, to expand their world and remove barriers to active participation as citizens of the Earth.

Our Mission

Mark Twain Elementary-Middle SchoolThe mission of Mark Twain School is to create a safe, healthy learning community that promotes academic excellence, global citizenship, and respect for others. By valuing diversity, encouraging individuality, and supporting risk-taking, we will establish a foundation and a passion for learning.

Uniform Requirements

All students should wear black, navy or khaki bottoms. Shorts must be knee-length.  Black, navy or white socks or tights.

PreK-5: Light Blue tops
Grade 6: Yellow tops.
Grade 7-8: Black or Navy tops.

Black shoes.  Boys must wear belts.


Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Mon–Thur 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 10:45 AM
Friday 7:30 AM 1:50 PM