Award Year: 2017

Mark Twain Elementary School

8636 Litzsinger Road
Brentwood, MO, 63144-2423

(314) 962-0613

Mrs. Trina Petty-Rice, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Brentwood School District

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At Mark Twain Elementary, we expect our students to Give their best efforts, Guide responsibly, and Grow respectfully as they become leaders of our society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 21%
  • White: 56%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 10%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 26%
Mark Twain, Growing Leaders - One Child at a Time

Mark Twain, Growing Leaders - One Child at a Time

Mark Twain is housed in a nostalgic building, nestled in a warm community, located at the eastern edge of Brentwood, Missouri. It is a "melting pot" of cultural diversity, and we believe diversity yields richness, and diversity in schooling is a source of richness for our culture. As taught by the principles of Ubuntu - "I am what I am because of who we are," we are FAMILY at Mark Twain Elementary. Our mission statement (Give, Guide, Grow) is simple enough to be quoted by every kindergartener, yet deep enough to be internalized by every fifth grader. Our common goal is give our best effort, guide responsibly and ultimately grow to become productive leaders of this global society.

As a Leader in Me school, we believe that there is a leader in every child, therefore, our students create the reality they want their school to reflect. As a National School of Character, we stress the importance of doing what is right even when no one is watching. Challenges are met through student support teams, having an integrated 3-tiered model of prevention, and by providing rigorous and differentiated academics.

A testament of our growth can be seen by our daily support of a dynamic parent community. Whether it's STEM or Astronomy Night or extra-curricular activities, our parents are the best. We love our students with our emotional hearts and serve them with our rational minds, knowing that in each one is a unique leader longing to be valued and appreciated.