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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!




For upcoming orientation information,

please click on the following link:

6th Grade Orientation Letter

7th Grade Orientation Letter



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!



ATTENTION FAMILIES: There was an error in the student supply letters that went out to our 6th and 7th grade families.  Each student should bring to school only 1 (one) 12-inch ruler, not 24 as stated in the letter.  Our apologies if this caused any confusion.  **




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




Please consider using this Amazon Fundraiser Link to raise money for BUGS when you shop!  

 Or visit  to provide BUGS with your critical support!