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BUGS is a new, community-based charter school where students study the natural and social environment across all subjects, using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. Students of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome.

 BUGS is a small, welcoming middle school where…

  • Students gain strong academic skills by studying the natural environment of  Brooklyn and the rest of New York City.
  • A safe, welcoming, and respectful school climate supports equity and access for all learners.
  • Teachers collaborate regularly to create interdisciplinary projects.
  • Students design, build and maintain an on-site garden.


We are located at 500 19th Street,
within the Bishop Ford High School 
in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.



BUGS is now enrolling 6th grade students for the
2014-2015 school year!




We hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing summer. We are very excited to host our 2nd annual family picnic where BUGS staff and families (existing and new) can all come together as a community and get to know one another.  This will be a great opportunity to meet some of your child’s classmates and their families, and to start getting to know the 7th grade class.


  • When: Thursday, July 24th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Where: Prospect Park, near the Carousel

    The Carousel is located at the Children’s Corner of Prospect Park, just inside the entrance at the intersection of Ocean and Flatbush Avenues and Empire Boulevard.

  • What to Bring: Picnic blanket, picnic for your family, lawn games.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

The BUGS Team



BUGS is honored to have received both the city-wide and borough-wide

Golden Apple Awards! 

It is a great accomplishment for BUGS

to be held as a standard of sustainability in our first year of operation 

and is a testament to the staff and students' hard work.

We are very honored to receive this commendation!




Dear Current and Prospective BUGS Families-

As you may have heard, the Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School is closing June 30, 2014.  BUGS currently holds a several year lease for our space in the Bishop Ford building. The Bishop Ford Board of Trustees has assured us that we can remain in this location for the remainder of our lease.  We will be in close contact with Bishop Ford during this transition time, and will keep everyone posted in a timely fashion. 

If you have questions on this matter, please contact Susan Tenner, Co-Executive Director at the following email address:
Thank you for your patience and support. We look forward to educating your children in the years ahead!
--The BUGS Team



The April 1st lottery application deadline has passed.

Applications to the waiting list are still being accepted.

We will notify those students who have obtained a place at BUGS within two weeks after the lottery takes place and create a waiting list.

Thank you for your interest in BUGS!

Please see our Admissions Page for more information. 



BUGS School Calendar




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 Or visit  to provide BUGS with your critical support!