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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.

The question of sustainability is studied in all areas of the curriculum.


BUGS is the result of a five-year effort of a group of community members who joined together to create an additional, high-quality, public middle school option in District 15.  The founding team was composed of local parents, educators and professionals who are independent of any Charter Management Organization and who bring a wealth of expertise in education, fiscal oversight and policy.  Many members of the founding team went on to join the BUGS Board of Directors.


The mission of BUGS is to provide a hands-on, interdisciplinary education to young adolescents of all abilities and backgrounds, with a focus on real-world problem solving and the exploration of environmental sustainability.  BUGS students will excel in the core academic subjects and become engaged community members who are critical thinkers prepared to achieve excellence in high school and beyond.



 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




Applications to the waiting list

are still being accepted.

 See our Admissions Page for more information. 


As there are more applicants than available slots, the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS) will be holding a lottery on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30pm at BUGS’s location within the Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School building, 500 19th Street (between 10th Ave and Prospect Park West)

The event is open to the public, but applicants do not need to attend in order to participate in the lottery or enroll in the school. Parents should also consider that the event might be difficult for prospective students. As the lottery is random and not all students will be offered a seat, the experience may be unnecessarily disappointing or challenging for children of this age.
Numbers will be randomly generated using, a free web-based Sequence Generator frequently used for charter school lotteries.

Applications post-marked by April 1, 2014 or emailed/delivered in person that day by 5pm will be included in the lottery. If you have already submitted an application and did NOT receive a confirmation email from us, please call our office to confirm that we have received your student’s application. We recommend you bring a copy of your confirmation email to the lottery. Applications received after the deadline (including the day of the lottery) are welcome and will be placed on the waitlist.

By New York State law, charter schools must give preference to residents of the school district in which the school is located. BUGS will give preference to those students who reside in Community School District 15. However, students who reside outside of CSD 15 may be admitted if space permits. We are also providing a sibling preference, which applies to both in district and out of district applicants.

Within two weeks of the lottery, applicants will be officially notified
whether they’ve been granted a seat or if they are on the waiting list.
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PLEASE DONATE to help us raise critical funds to open our doors! THANK YOU to everyone who has supported BUGS in so many ways over the years.  YOU have helped make this vision a reality.