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Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72

Grades: 6-8
133-25 Guy R Brewer Boulevard
Queens NY 11434
Phone: 718-723-6200

Our Insights

What’s Special

Family friendly activities

The Downside

Discipline problems

Located in Rochdale Village, a large housing co-op in Southeast Queens, MS 72 is on a major thoroughfare surrounded by playgrounds and parks. MS 72 has long struggled with discipline problems and low levels of student achievement and declining student enrollment.

A community school, MS 72 has partnered with The Child Center of NY’s Beacon Program to provide family activities such as Zumba, Knitting and Game Nights to strengthen community ties. Students are offered an extended day program through Beacon as well.    

Significant problems remain. Students complain of bullying and fighting. Teachers continue to say that there are problems with order and discipline, according to school surveys. Students scores on standardized tests are well below the citywide average. A Department of Education evaluation called the Quality Review, says the school focuses on helping low-achieving students, but a lacks opportunities for those ready for more challenging work.

The school was awarded federal funds in 2015 to begin a Haitian Creole dual language program. Students may also take Spanish classes and receive tutoring for the Spanish Proficiency Exam.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. Students from outside the zone may also apply. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, April 2019)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
39% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Jamaica (District 28)
Buses: Q111, Q113, Q114, Q6, Q85, QM21


Ativia Sandusky
Parent Coordinator
Christina Pierre

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with Redwood Middle School
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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