Applying to BUGS and Admissions Information
- To apply for the 2017-2018 school year, click here.
Thank you for your interest in BUGS! We are here to help you learn about our special school and assist you with the application process. This page should help address your questions and will be updated regularly. If you have questions, please email us at: admissions@BUGSbrooklyn.org
Admission to all New York State charter schools is by strict lottery. There is no interview or other selection criteria, including review of a student's prior record. Attendance at a tour is not required to apply, although we do offer several tours throughout the year, to which all interested families are invited. Evening/weekend tours are offered to all families in the winter months before the lottery. In order to reduce classroom disruptions, school-day tours are offered after the lottery to those families who won the lottery or have low waitlist numbers. Check this website regularly for tour and application information. We hope you will come see us in action and meet our wonderful students, staff and parents!
Applying to BUGS is completely separate from the NYC Department of Education (DOE) middle school admissions process, and applying to BUGS is not part of the DOE ranking process. Seats can be offered from both charter schools and the NYC DOE at the same time.
BUGS is an inclusive school and welcomes all students. BUGS provides equal educational opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex) or weight and maintains an environment free of harassment on the basis of any of these grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.
BUGS is a tuition-free public school open to all NYC residents.
Best of luck to you and your child(ren) in your middle school search process! We hope to be of help on your journey ahead and to have you join the BUGS community as we focus on sustainability, student achievement, community and educating the whole child.
- The BUGS Team
How many seats will you be offering?
We expect to offer approximately 120, 6th grade seats and 35, 7th grade seats for the 2017-2018 school year
There will be no 8th grade seats available for the 2017-2018 school year.
How are admissions determined?
Admissions are determined via random lottery, with preference given to siblings of current BUGS students, children of current employees of BUGS at the time of lottery, and District 15 residents. To check if you are in District 15, click HERE. In addition to these preferences, there is a "weighting" for English Language Learners (ELLs). ELLs are students who are unable to communicate fluently or learn effectively in English, who typically require specialized or modified instruction in both the English language and in their academic courses. ELLs are given three times the chance of having her or his name selected in the lottery. This means ELL applicants may benefit from both their ELL weighting and any other preference category they qualify for.
What do the lottery preferences mean?
Sibling preference: Applicants who are siblings of a current BUGS student are automatically offered a seat for the upcoming school year. If one twin is offered a seat from the lottery, his or her sibling will be offered a seat as well, regardless of lottery number.
District 15 residents preference: Applicants who RESIDE in District 15 are offered seats at BUGS first via random lottery.
Staff preference: Children of current employees of BUGS at the time of lottery.
English Language Learner weighting: BUGS defines “ELL” as a student who:
(1) Is classified as an English Language Learner -or-
(2) If a student is new to the New York City public schools: Indicates that they (the student) speaks a language other than English most of the time or that English was NOT the first language the student learned to speak.
Random Lottery and Weighting: Taking into account these preferences, the random lottery is drawn in the following order:
(1) Siblings of returning students residing in CSD 15;
(2) Siblings of returning students who reside out of CSD 15;
(3) Students who are children of current employees at BUGS, not to exceed 15% of BUGS’s total projected enrollment;
(4) Students who reside in CSD 15, and;
(5) Students who reside out of CSD 15.
The ELL "weighting" means that ELL students' names are entered in the above lottery 3 times instead of once, but are then subject to the random drawing order described above; this means they may benefit from both their ELL weighting and any other preference category they qualify for.
How is one's Community School District determined?
Community School District is determined by residence only. The preference does not apply to students who attend elementary school in District 15 but live in another district. To check if you are in District 15, click HERE.
When will BUGS hold its lottery for the 2017-2018 school year?
The lottery will be held April 20th at 10:00 a.m. at BUGS (500 19th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215) and is open to the public.
Can I still apply after the lottery has been held?
Yes. All applications received after the application deadline will be added to the bottom of the waiting list.
When will families receive the results of the lottery?
Families will be notified within 2 weeks after the lottery. They should check the BUGS website regularly for status updates.
How long do we have to accept a seat once it’s offered to us?
The deadline for notification to BUGS will be two weeks following our written notification of the lottery results.
Do District 15 residents who apply after the lottery get priority on the wait list?
No, all applications received post-lottery will be seated in the order applications are received.
Is there a chance my child will be offered a seat at BUGS if he or she is on the waiting list created by the lottery?
Does my child stand a chance of getting a seat at BUGS if we do not live in District 15?
Yes. We strongly encourage all interested applicants to apply, regardless of district of residence.
Do you only accept applications for 6th grade?
No. We will be accepting applications for both 6th and 7th grade students for the 2017-2018 school year.