Thank you for your interest in BUGS!

Applications for the 2020-21 school year coming in early October!

We are here to help you learn about our special school and assist you with the application process. This page contains useful information and will be updated regularly.  

If you have questions, please email us at: 

Thank you for considering Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS). Our hands-on interdisciplinary education with a focus on real-world problem-solving and exploration of environmental, social, and economic sustainability prepares our middle school students for success in high school and to become thoughtful designers of a more sustainable world.

Here are some notes on Admissions and School Tours: 

  • The online application for 2020-21 will open on October 1, 2019.

  • 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. Click here to RSVP.

  • We currently do not offer individual school-day tours.

  • 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. Evening tours are offered to all families in the winter months before the lottery. Click here to RSVP.

  • 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.  

Take a tour along with our students as they highlight the BUGS curriculum and core values.

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.

We are 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

For our complete Admissions and Enrollment Policy click here.

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  • Families should apply online here, for the 2019-20 school year, or download and print a paper application, found below, and mail to or drop off at: BUGS Brooklyn Admissions, 500 19th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215

  • English and Spanish applications available, more languages available when applying online.

  • Online applications are due (and paper applications must be post-marked by) April 1, 2020 to be included in the lottery. Applications submitted after April 1 will be put on our post-lottery waiting list in the order they are received.

  • The date for the lottery for the 2020-21 school year will be announced soon. 


Families who would like to apply for the 2019-20 school year can download and print a paper application below, and mail to or drop off at: BUGSbrooklyn Admissions, 500 19th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215

If you have questions, please contact us at, or 718-280-9556 ext.599. 


We would like to invite you to attend an Open House and learn more about BUGS.

2019 Open House Dates:

Please note that at this time we cannot accommodate individual school day tours.

BUGS Application FAQ'S

How many seats will you be offering?

We expect to offer approximately 120 seats for 6th grade and 30 seats for 7th grade for the 2020-21 school year. The number of 8th grade seats is to be determined.

How do I apply?

Apply online by clicking here, or submit a paper application (see above).


What is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to submit an application for the lottery is April 1, 2020. However, we will continue to accept applications after that deadline. These applications will be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are received.                                                                                                   


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.

Please visit the New York City Charter School Center's site for more general information on charter schools and their admissions and enrollment processes. For specific questions on the details of our policy, please download the BUGS Enrollment Policy found on Apply Now page, approved by the New York State Educational Department, or contact us at


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 current BUGS students residing in CSD 15;

(2)  Siblings of current BUGS 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 (CSD) determined?

Community School District is determined by residence only. The preference does not apply to students who attend elementary school in CSDt 15 but live in another district. To check if you are in CSD 15, click HERE.


When will BUGS hold its lottery for the 2019-2020 school year? 

The public lottery will take place on Thursday, April 11th at 10:00am at BUGS, 500 19th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215. The lottery is open to the public. Applicants are welcome to attend the lottery, but attendance is not required for admission.


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 in the order in which they are received


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?

Yes. Every year we admit many students off of the waitlist.


Does my child stand a chance of getting a seat at BUGS if we do not live in Community School District (CSD) 15?

Yes. We strongly encourage all interested applicants to apply, regardless of district of residence. Every year we admit many students from outside of CSD 15. If BUGS is the school for you, hang in there!


Do you only accept applications for 6th grade?

No.  We are accepting applications for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students for the 2019-2020 school year.