Congratulations to the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School Founding Class!  

Thank you to the entire BUGS community for celebrating with us at the graduation ceremony on June 29th!  
Special thanks to
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and 
District 38 Council Member Carlos Menchaca
who inspired us with words of wisdom and calls to action!
Congratulations to Valedictorian Matthias, Salutatorian Merry, and our MC, Janay for delivering beautiful speeches!
Best of Luck Class of 2016!


Lottery Applicants:

We are are on our third round of admissions offers. We're offering seats to those with admission numbers up to 656 for 6th grade, and 63 for 7th grade. If you have not received an email or a hardcopy notification, please contact us at, or 718-280-9556 x599

 Click here for more information regarding the admissions process.

Weren't in the lottery? Current 5th and 6th grade families can still apply and will be added to the waitlist in the order they are received.  We often cycle through the waitlist quickly, and all interested families are encouraged to apply. 


BUGS is a 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.
  • A safe, welcoming, and respectful school climate supports all learners.
  • Teachers collaborate regularly to create interdisciplinary projects.
  • Students design, build and maintain an on-site garden and a native wildlife habitat.  

Check out this video from our Afterschool Program BUGSnTech!

Brooklyn Urban Garden School from BUGS Brooklyn on Vimeo.


Here are some suggestions for summer reading.  I am reading Untangled with my husband this summer and it's provided helpful insights, tips, catharsis, and discussion points.  -Susan Tenner

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood by Lisa Damour. As girls go through seven normal transitions from adolescence to adulthood, this book shows you what to expect and when to worry.

Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. What drives success isn't intelligence, but a combination of perseverance and passion.

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let go so Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey
Giving children a chance to experience failure provides them with the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems. 


In Model UN Enrichment and After School, BUGS students take on the role of ambassadors and delegates of other countries. This year it was held at the Bronx High School for Science and the High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology. BUGS delegates take on a variety of issues such as the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, South China Sea dispute, Tackling Obesity, and the Refugee Crisis in Syria. Students examine these issues' affect on the international community, and the citizens of each of their respective nations. Model UN's goal is to foster an understanding of world events, and help delegates develop the critical thinking skills they need for college, career, and responsible citizenship. It is a popular BUGS activity and strongly aligned to BUGS's values of Community, Awareness, Reach, Exploration, Student Voice and Sustainability. 





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

Families can now use PayPal to pay food bills and field trip fees!




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