Shining Star Academy of the Arts

1175 Northwest Lake Jeffery Road
Lake City, Florida  32055


"Dare to be DIFFERENT, Choose to be GREAT!"

About Us
Shining Star Academy of the Arts                                                                 
  • Serves students from Prekindergarten through 8th grade...

  • Provides a unique, arts-infused curriculum which gives students a winning edge both academically and socially.

  • Provides a safe, wholesome learning center where students learn to embrace our slogan: "Listen, Learn, Do Your Best, & Have Fun". 

  • Provides organized student supervision after school hours for a nominal fee. Arrangements can be made during formal registration.


  • To ensure effective instructional practices that meet the needs of diverse learners
  • To inspire, challenge, and motivate artistically gifted students
  • To achieve success in academic, social and career preparation
  • To provide a supportive community that identifies, encourages and develops each student's interests and abilities. 

Educational Philosophy:

We believe that children can learn by doing.  Experiential learning, hands-on and minds-on discovery encourages the development of personal responsibility, decision making and problem solving in both intellectual and interpersonal areas. Developing the love of learning in an arts-centered atmosphere builds a commitment and passion, encouraging all students to become life-long learners and positive contributors to society.

Specials & After-School Programs Available:

General Music, Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Dance, Guitar, Keyboard, Graphic Arts & Visual Arts, Private Music Lessons, Drama Club, 4-H Club, K-KIDS Leadership Club, Sports Teams, Poultry Project and School Farm.

                                  School Administration
Founder, Educational Leader & Principal, Dr. Anthony J. Buzzella, is a native Floridian, born and raised in Miami-Dade County where he excelled in both academics and the arts.     
In addition to numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, Dr. Buzzella has been a professional musician and entertainer since the age of sixteen.

Through the years, he has shared the performance stage with several legendary musicians and entertainers including: Pete Fountain, Eddie Miller, Grandpa Jones, Alfonso Levy, Kenny Rogers, Jerry Clower, Chubby Wise, Tim Allan, Danny Rubio, Tyler Jackson, Rusty Hammerstrom, and many others. 

Buzzella has served the local community for over 35 years as an educator and community leader including two terms on the local School Board.  In 1999, Dr. Alfonso W. Levy and Tony co-founded Mister Mac Behavioral Consultants, Inc. a 501-C-3, non-profit, educational foundation and public charity.

Abigail R. Dubi has worked with Dr. Buzzella and Mister Mac Behavioral Consultants, Inc. for over 10 years.  

She is Co-Owner and Director of Operations of the new and improved Shining Star Academy of the Arts Private School and Little Stars K-Prep School.  

"Miss Abby" also serves as intake specialist, test coordinator, and personnel director.
Shining Star Academy of the Arts
Where every student is a shining star!
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