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Catherine And Count Basie Middle School 72

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 852 students

 

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Posted March 4, 2014

This school has a shoddy administration that does not handle issues professionally or in a timely manner. How can an ARTS school set such a terrible example for its students who themselves are supposed to be artists?? Better staff should be hired that are true, responsible adults and can offer our children real quality life models to follow.


Posted June 6, 2012

I am a student but I had to signup so I just put my self as a parent. I have been in MS 72 for three years, throughout the three years I was in YSL, known as GT a few years back. MS72 is a really good school, but it kind of depends on what academy you go to, I would pick ysl over the other academies considering how many fights they have up there and all the students walking around the hallways, not plesent at all. But in my time in ysl espicelly the 7th and 8th grade I was greatly cared for and given the individual attention that I needed and now three years later I am going to a great highschool, specilized highschool to be exact, the one in bronx (i didn't want to write the name of the school), the school also has a great regents program and all the teachers have only one goal, to make you successful. so if you area parent, take it from me (a good student) send your child to ms72, but as a parent make sure he is doinf his homework evry night and if you get complaines from a teacher please have a talk with your daughter or son. MS72 reallly doesn't need anymore troublemakers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2010

great teachers ,school needs major renovation
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2010

i love this school great educatrion its very nice no discrimintaion great teachers and activites
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

my child attends this school I am so happy that I placed my child here they are professional & very concerned about the students education & in this day & time you're lucky when you find a school that has your childs best interest @ heart and for that I am truely greatiful.I commend the wonderful staff members @ ms72
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

I love my school and especially our funny ESL teacher Mr. Ramsbottom. Hes the best teacher I have ever met.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2010

good school teacher are nice make sure we do what we have to do
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2009

My school is the best and my teachers are the best especially Mr. Ramnsbottom....
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2009

I love my school as i study there I learnt alot and I respect the teachings i was taught.. I respect the moto of my school also 'Dare to be true.' MS 72 is the world's best school.. Anyways MS Kohlhagen, my teacher is the best.....
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2009

okay,it is my first year in the gifted and talented acdemy in m.s 72 and im doing very well.im happy to see that my teachers are strict.though the bathrooms are not that good taken care of.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2009

Middle School 72 is a great school in my opinion. I think that the Gifted & Talented Academy Rocks. =] I've learned so much and have met some many people. This school gives us wonderful experiences and even though this is my first year here for 7th grade I can already see that the AP, Ms. Thompson is the best and the school staff is just remarkable. I'm glad I applied here instead of attending an average school like I.S 8 or M.S 226. At Catherine and Count Basie they make you feel welcomed and when times get tough theres are help right by . And the principal she can have fun with us we just have to know when to work. =] _ Ms.Lochansingh Ms.Thompson Ms.Severin Ms.Welcome * The Best Ever!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2008

IM a 6th grader at ms72 an so far ive learned alot and met alot of friends
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2008

I am a seventh grader of ms72 and so far this school is doing a gret job in preparing me for highschool. This school has many different academies like Law and Justice, Gifted and Talented(G&T), Journalsim and a few others. I started going to this school in 6th grade and have now been in G&T for two years. This school also has a lot of preparation classes for highschool. Some kids go to an after school course called Sci-High Prep. Others that can't attend that can use the'r lunch period to go to a teacher for extra help. There is disadvantage. The amount of fighting in the school. I mean it's not the principle's fault it's just that some people just can't get along or solve their problems in an orderly manner. I still Love this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2008

this school is great. it has high standards because they want everybody to succeed and become a great person with many great traits. It not only teaches you school things but it also builds character. I love this school and i will be graduating from it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2008

catherine and count basie, middle school is a very wonderful school, teacher here work their best to make sure children are doing what they need to do, and to make sure that no child is ever left behind.I would reccomend this school to any child from the 6th to 8th grade.g&t student kimberly
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2008

I am a parent of a 7th grader in the G & T Academy at MS 72. I am satisified to this point about the work being done at this school. The Math and Ela teacher are doing a wonderful job in preparing these students for all exams. I would also like to see the students being given extra text books to keep at home so that they do not have to acquire backache. Mrs. Ramsammy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

I think the school is greatand has improved alot.But the bad kids at the school get treated better than the one that are good. They get away with anything and the some of the teachers are scared of them. They have bathroom limits, they close the bathroom and if you really got to go too bad. But the teachers are great and they have good methods. They also reconize your talents. But they are very expensive. The trips are very good some can be expensive and some are not.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2007

Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72 is a great learning environment for students. I am currently a student in the Gifted and Talented Academy , and from my perception being in this school since sixth grade and now in my senior year, the school is great. The staff is doing a wonderful job, and I am able to say that, because I am a witness of M.s.72s progression in staff and student behavior. The leadership in the school is wonderful and I am proud to say that I am a three year Gifted and Talented Student of Middle School 72. I recommend this school to any parent that believes there child can keep up with the standard which is ' Excellence'
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2007

So far it seems that this school has a very good program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2007

I taught at this school last year. Throughout the year several teachers quit because of the administration. I broke up a fight a week. The principal was never around. There was a very strong perception of favoritism from the administration towards certain teachers. Teachers would constantly have there programs switched around. The APs and Deans could not control the bad students. Students would constantly steal from each other as well as teachers. I worked construction for 3 years and never heard as much profanity as when I worked at M.S. 72. Some of the people who work the after school extra help programs give the students wrong information. Class time wass constantly interrupted by announcements. A Coney Island trip that was planned for the students was cancelled on the day of the trip and no one was told. Beware! I would go on but I am limited to 150 words.
—Submitted by a teacher


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

283 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

287 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
48%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

308 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

281 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "C" for the middle school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 71% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 14% 9%
Hispanic 1 13% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
White 2 1% 48%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 15%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 276%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 10%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 27%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 2%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 1130 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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This school
6.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
5.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.2
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents29438%
Students77593%
Teachers6188%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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133-25 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11434
Phone: (718) 723-6200

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