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Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72 is a public middle school in New York. The principal of Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72 is MS. OMOTAYO CINEUS and can be contacted at cbrown28@schools.nyc.gov. 852 children attend Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72 and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 5% of the Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72 students are "limited in English proficiency." 76% of the 852 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72 is 14:1. I.S. 231 Magnetech 2000 is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Fencing
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 71% 30%
Asian 18% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 30%
Hispanic 13% 24%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
White, non-Hispanic 1% 15%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 59%
Limited English proficiency 5% 11%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    great teachers school needs major renovation

  • (3 years ago)

    i love this school great educatrion its very nice no discrimintaion great teachers and activites

  • (4 years ago)

    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

  • (4 years ago)

    I love my school and especially our funny ESL teacher Mr. Ramsbottom. Hes the best teacher I have ever met.

  • (4 years ago)

    good school teacher are nice make sure we do what we have to do

  • (5 years ago)

    My school is the best and my teachers are the best especially Mr. Ramnsbottom....

  • (5 years ago)

    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.....

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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!

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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

  • (6 years ago)

    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

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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'

  • (6 years ago)

    So far it seems that this school has a very good program

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

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