BUGS has developed a unique and innovative curriculum, designed in conjunction with the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education (  The academic scope and sequence follows that of New York City and is aligned with the Common Core standards.  The ELA curriclulum is based on Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and the core math curriculum is Math in Focus.  Social studies teachers partner with Facing History and Ourselves and science teachers participate in the Urban Advantage Program.

Our longer school day and year allows us to build in an interdisciplinary focus on the study of sustainability.Each year the students study an essential question that is examined across the content areas and participate in Service Learning Projects that illuminate key aspects of the essential question.  The projects are all related to sustainability, and they include a hands-on component as well as group and individual work.  Field studies provide a key context to these projects.

Some helpful downloads for a greater understanding of the BUGS curriculum: