Shining Star Academy of the Arts
Columbia County's first Charter School, established 2011
7443 Highway 90 West, Lake City, FL 32055
"Dare to be DIFFERENT, Choose to be GREAT!"
- Public charter schools are tuition-FREE, privately managed yet publicly funded schools.
- Shining Star Academy serves students from pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.
- Shining Star's unique, arts-infused curriculum gives students a winning edge both academically and socially. Research confirms this creative and diverse method as a key developmental strategy.
- Early introduction to the arts has been shown to improve classroom discipline, thereby improving all aspects of the learning process.
- Shining Star Academy of the Arts provides a safe, wholesome learning center where students are encouraged to embrace our slogan: "Listen, Learn, Do Your Best, and Have Fun".
- Shining Star Academy of the Arts provides organized student supervision after school hours for a nominal fee. Arrangements can be made during formal registration.
Shining Star Academy of the Arts: Where every student is a shining star!
Shining Star Academy of the Arts provides a rigorous academic curriculum that stresses English language proficiency and leads to high levels of academic achievement, especially in the area of fine arts. We seek to meet all expectations as delineated in the Common Core Standards using a seamless alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
To ensure effective instructional practices that meet the needs of diverse learners. We will maintain a safe and nurturing learning environment that inspires, challenges, and motivates artistically gifted students to achieve success in academic, social and career preparation by providing a supportive community that identifies, encourages and develops each student's interests and abilities.
We believe that children learn by doing through experiential learning, hands-on and minds-on discovery. This applies to taking personal responsibility for themselves, 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.
We focus on providing specialized education to individuals with a passion and aptitude for one or more of the arts areas as demonstrated by their intake interview/audition. Said population shall include students residing in Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee, and neighboring counties within reasonable driving distance from the Academy.
Diverse Educational Community
There are many benefits to having a diverse educational community. Students attain knowledge about other cultures, ethnicity, and moral belief-systems through diverse interaction. We seek to prepare students for the challenges of the global community they will face in the future.
We seek Pre- Kindergarten through 8th grade students with
talent in an arts area. Shining Star Academy of the Arts has an open enrollment
policy for all students within reasonable driving distance who meet the same
criteria as the regular public school children.
Our only prerequisite is artistic talent.
Specials and Electives
General Music, Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Dance, Guitar and
After School Programs
Private music lessons, Drama Club, 4-H Club, K-KIDS
Leadership Club, Sports Teams, Poultry Project and School Farm.
Founder and Educational Leader is Anthony J. Buzzella. Principal Buzzella is a
native Floridian, born and raised in Miami-Dade County where he excelled
in both academics and the arts. He spent the summers of his high
school years working as a counselor at the University of Miami while
attending UM Summer Music Camp.
developed Florida’s original Sunland Training Center All-Mentally
Challenged Concert Band as a community service project while attending
Hialeah High School. He was a member of the Miami Youth Symphony,
All-County Band, Orchestra and Chorus under Miami-Dade music supervisor
Howard Doolin. Buzzella has been a professional musician and entertainer since the age of sixteen.
the years, he has shared the performance stage with several legendary
musicians and entertainers including: Pete Fountain, Eddie Miller,
Grandpa Jones, Alfonso Levy, Harry Wuest, Ben Champion, Gary Langford,
Kenny Rogers, Jerry Clower, Chubby Wise and many others.
educational background includes a Bachelor Degree in Music Education
with a minor in Psychology and Master of Educational Leadership Degree.
educational and business experiences include having taught music on the
elementary, middle, high school and college levels; serving as a
Community College vocational education counselor for disadvantaged
students, test administrator for Lake City Community College’s General
Education Degree (GED) program; acting County Coordinator for Adult
Education; administrator of a middle-high school alternative school for
at-risk students; two-term Board Member of the Columbia County School
District; educational grants writer; founder of MisterMac Behavioral
Consultants, Inc. a 501-C-3 non-profit and MADDFEST (Music Art Drama
Dance) Spring Arts Festival.
Shining Star Academy of the Arts is
the direct result of Buzzella’s life-long passion to provide
motivational instructional services targeting educational reform for
marginal adolescent children and artistically talented youth. The
original concept was inspired by Buzzella’s mentor and long-time friend,
the late Dr. Alfonso W. Levy.