Mark Twain for the Gifted & Talented (I.S. 239) is a citywide school in Coney Island, Brooklyn, serving grades 6-8. Your child is eligible to apply and test or audition for up to two talent areas that the school offers. These talent areas include:

  • Art
  • Athletics
  • Computer/Math
  • Creative Writing/Journalism
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Instrumental: Strings
  • Instrumental: Winds
  • Media
  • Science
  • Vocal Music

As part of the pause on screening for Fall 2022 admissions, the following admissions programs will admit applicants using random selection: Athletics, Computer/Math, Creative Writing/Journalism, Science 

Arts programs are permitted to audition applicants. The following programs will virtually audition applicants, and admissions will be based solely on the audition: 

  • Art  
  • Dance 
  • Drama 
  • Media 
  • String Instruments 
  • Vocal 
  • Wind Instruments 

Applicants may apply to one or two admissions programs at Mark Twain. This may include two programs using random selection, two programs using auditions, or one of each. 

The following six District 21 schools admit students based on their score on the Mark Twain Talent Tests: 

  • Seth Low (I.S. 96) 
  • The Bay Academy (I.S. 98) 
  • David A. Boody (I.S. 228) 
  • Mark Twain for the Gifted and Talend (I.S. 239) 
  • Joseph B Cavallaro (I.S. 281) 
  • Herbert S. Eisenberg (I.S. 303) 

Only students and residents of District 21 are eligible to apply to these programs. District 21 applicants can apply to one or two types of D21 talent programs across all schools including Mark Twain.