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New Charter School Opening in District 15: BUGS

December 20, 2012

BUGS partners with many community organizations to enrich students' learning experience. Here students make compost and garden at the Old Stone House, a Dutch colonial-style farmhouse.

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.

Students work together to compare the quality of three soil samples collected from various Brooklyn locations. They measure pH and water infiltration to assess soil health and risk of erosion.

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.

Thanks to a State Stimulus Fund grant, BUGS students will use iPads and Vernier technology to conduct science experiments, fieldwork, and classroom activities. Here students test the quality of soil samples collected throughout Prospect Park.

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.

Using a graduated cylinder to measure water runoff.

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.

The Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS)
email them at info@BUGSbrooklyn.org to be added to their database for updates.