Middle school options have always been light in Brooklyn, but, in fall 2013, our options expand with the opening of The Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS). This new public charter middle school (6th – 8thgrades) will be located in Brooklyn’s District 15, serving the Gowanus, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Kensington, Carroll Gardens, and Park Slope neighborhoods. BUGS is an autonomous, community-based project that is independent from any Charter School Management Organization. Their mission is to educate children in civic engagement and the interdisciplinary study of environmental sustainability.
ENROLLMENT: As with all charter schools, BUGS students are selected by random lottery. Applications for incoming 6th graders for the 2013-14 year will be posted on their site in early 2013. Applications will be accepted until April, when the lottery is held.
In August 2013, they will open their doors to the inaugural class of approximately 110 6th graders. They will be co-locating with Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School at 500 19th Street, centrally located in Community School District 15. There, the kids will have access to science laboratories, a full range of athletics and arts programming, a rooftop garden and easy access to local green spaces for fieldwork.
Thanks to a State Stimulus grant, they have purchased 60 ipads and additional laboratory equipment to support their classwork and outdoor fieldwork which they piloted throughout the community this summer.