About Us

Catherine and Count Basie is known as the  "Jewel of Jamaica"💎 Where each & every scholar practices our core values of C.A.R.E.S (Compassion, Accountability, Resiliency, Empowerment and Service).

Catherine and Count Basie was named after Count Basie a famous musician and his wife Catherine.  Our school is a community of instructional innovation that provides choices and options for young people to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners in an environment of care and respect. Our goal is to meet the need of every young person through collaboration, opportunity, and experience. Catherine and Count Basie Middle School is one of the best-kept secrets of District 28. Our school staff is committed to providing a high-quality and meaningful educational experience for each child. The school's environment supports students, parents, and staff in an effort to offer every child an opportunity for an excellent education. Our curriculum includes specialty courses, advisory courses, elective courses, and a range of extracurriculars, all within a rigorous culturally responsive curriculum. We provide students with the opportunity to take educational excursions, visit colleges and universities, interact with elected officials, and use their voices to impact change in our ever-changing society. 


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Catherine and Count Basie Middle School
133-25 Guy R. Brewer Blvd           
Jamaica, New York 11434

Ativia Sandusky, Principal
Deon Jones, Assistant Principal
Christina Pierre, Parent Coordinator

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