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. (Research confirms this creative and diverse method as a key developmental strategy.)

  • 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 in an 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. 

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.

Student Population:

Our school is comprised of students who share a passion and aptitude for the Arts. Enrollment is open to students from North Central Florida who live within reasonable driving distance of the Academy.  Our only prerequisite is artistic talent.
Specials and Electives:

General Music, Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Dance, Guitar, Keyboard, Graphic Arts and Visual Arts.
After School Programs MAY Include:

Private music lessons, Drama Club, 4-H Club, K-KIDS Leadership Club, Sports Teams, Poultry Project and School Farm.

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.  He spent the summers of his high school years working as a counselor at the University of Miami while attending UM Summer Music Camp.     
In addition to numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, Dr. Buzzella has been a professional musician and entertainer since the age of sixteen.  He was a member of the Miami Youth Symphony, All-County Band, Orchestra and Chorus under Miami-Dade music supervisor Howard Doolin.

Through 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. 

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

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. 
Shining Star Academy of the Arts
Where every student is a shining star!
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