I have to say that my children love Shining Star and in return so do I. One of my children was in the grade where the two teachers were fired and she couldn't have been happier. They were not teaching and the administration's decision to let them go was a good decision. The teachers that took over were phenomenal. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and communicated! They gave my daughter the education she needed and she even scored significantly higher on the FCAT. My son had increased scores as well and he is a grade below my daughter...not that I base my children's knowledge and intelligence solely on a standardized tests, but they were very happy with the results. Great teachers in 5th and 6th grade! Shining Star is a wonderful school with teachers in both academics and the arts. They care and are passionate about what they teach. I hope the school remains open because they made a lot of improvements from last year. Even though the VP retired, one of the veteran teachers (18+ years of experience) has been promoted to Curriculum Director. This school isn't for everyone, but it's the school for us. I'm excited to see what this year brings and my children cannot wait to go back.
Sadly, I moved my children out of this school this year. I loved the teachers and really wanted my children to have an arts-based education, but administration doesn't know which way is up. Things were getting better with the vice principal they hired, but now he has retired. The school is an F school because the top administration has no idea how to discipline students and how to keep the focus on academics. I give two stars instead of one because I do think the teachers are qualified and are very talented. They just have their hands tied behind their backs. It's a beautiful school and could one day turn around. It's just not there yet.
SSAota - made a world of difference in my oldest child's school life. She went from being sick Sunday night through Friday morning, to absolutely loving school! Shining Star has had it's struggles, but it's our hope that they can overcome! The arts are important! They translate to all aspects of life. SSAota, strives to incorporate these. If you have a child who is - musically, dramatically, or visually artistic, give SSAota a chance.
To the ones believing that Shining Star showed gain: you do realize these numbers are skewed due to adding 7th grade, right? That is an entire grade level of points that did not exist for the 2013 scores. The school did not show growth, regardless of what the admin would like parents to believe. In fact, the only grade to show any actual gain is the grade that had two teachers FIRED shortly before FCAT -- those were the only successful teachers, but you can see the type of appreciation Mr. Buzzella has for his staff. It is very true that there was no planning for curricula, and also true everybody that teachers were deprived of basic necessities. Health insurance, bonuses, and promised raises have yet to be seen, and despite what admin says, bullying is a MAJOR issue from the top down. Teachers are bullied by admin, students, and parents alike and when a complaint is made about a student bully, nothing is done until the it has escalated into a dangerous situation. The best thing the state can do is shut down the school. There are much better options within the county, including another PHENOMENAL charter school, which did by the way gain many of Shining Star's students and staff.
Shining Star is a good alternative for kids interested in the arts. Sure the school has some challenges but quite a few public schools in the area have low test scores and they have been open for many more years than Shining Star. It would be great if the local school board was more supportive as well. Shining Star is experiencing some growing pains that is for certain. But if the community gets involved and the school's administration listens more, it can be a great place for kids in the area.
I notice those parents giving this school high marks are due to music and art and some PE! Where is the praise for academia? The parent who wrote about the lack of current math, reading and science books is absolutely spot on. MR. (not a Dr.) Buzzella would respond to requests for educational material has told Certified Teachers that 'anyone with an internet connection' can get this material! FCAT tells the entire story of this school. The students are set up to fail. The Certified Teachers are not supported and if one questions, they are 'let go'. Mr. Buzzella has no problem allowing some to teach without State Certification as well as non certified people as para professionals. The board of the school in 2013 voted to give the teachers the state and county approved raise, yet not one teachers has yet to see those funds! Who profited from funds belonging to the teachers?
The only students who will be successful at this school are those who will achieve at any school, regardless of the teachers, other students, and administration. Find the comments made by the superintendent of schools; seems to me he hit the nail on the head. The school is understaffed and the faculty is underpaid. They were promised raises, bonuses, and a phenomenal insurance package. What they got was ill-equipped classrooms with few (if any) textbooks/materials for student use, supplemental dental and vision plans but no health insurance, and ZERO bonuses. Most of the materials and supplies (including curriculum!) found their way into classrooms from teachers spending their own money and begging for handouts from veteran teachers at other schools.
this school has it's problems for sure, but still a better option than anything else in the area, especially for middle schoolers. of the other two options, one is good but overcrowded and the other is like an inner-city ghetto environment. Sounds like the over all FCAT was bad, but my children did well, so somebody at Shining Star is doing something right.
School was rated an F first year and second year looks like it will be the same. Principal thinks scores are not the result of anything he is doing. Would not send my kids here.
I have children at this school for the past two years. My kids are happy and loving all of the arts. They have P.E everyday and the kids are free to express themselves. The teachers and administration is wonderful. I have no complaint about the school or the teachers. Everyone that works there is very nice and loves the students. Before my children started there they were very shy and very insecure now they talk to people and have come out of their shells. I love the school and my children will go there until they graduate high school.
Our charter school is designed to provide a solid academic education with an hour or more of the performing arts every day to every student. The first few years of every school has its struggles and challenges. Teachers are hired or fired based upon their performance and accountability in the classroom. The average class size is 16 students. Every ESE student is staffed according to the accommodations required by law. There is a large percent of ESE students whose parents chose to mainstream their child in a healthier environment, rather than have them drown in a special class in a regular public school. All of the staff work together and understand the financial strains of a beginning school. They all have chosen to be here. One teacher gave up a huge salary just to have the freedom to teach American-Family values. Our teachers are devoted to the students. If not, Dr. Buzzella and his Governing Board fires them. There is nothing more important to Administration than the safety and academic excellence of the students, and they are constantly improving. Any person who has taken the time to be involved in daily activities knows there is organization and leadership.
Teachers were very nice. No bullying policy is perfect. My daughter enjoyed her staying in Shining Star Academy of the Arts.
Students at Shining Star Academy of the Arts love coming to school where one of their slogans is: "NO BULLIES ALLOWED". Students wear a uniform and enjoy high quality academic instruction infused with all the arts. Classes in music, art, drama and dance are offered on a daily basis from top notch professionals. I highly recommend Shining Star Academy of the Arts for any artistically talented student. Shining Star Academy provides a firm, fair and consistent structure and a wholesome, safe learning environment.
We have 3 kids that attend this school. The principal and teachers are very personable and easy to talk to. There is a 0 tolerance for bullying which is strictly enforced. Regardless of its rating for it's first year, the future looks bright and we are so excited to be a part of it
for a brand new school (2012-2013 year)...it's off to a good start. The first grade teachers are great, very active and communicate with the parents regularly. The 3rd/4th grade teachers don't communicate at all with parents unless you demand a meeting, but administration is taking steps to correct this. The arts program is very good. At any rate, a better environment that the local public schools. Again, this school is starting literally from the ground up this year and looks to be improving.
2 maybe 3 great teachers, the school is lacking administration. Teachers and faculty are very laid back, it is to relax, the kids do not respect the teachers as they should, due to how laid back the school is. Several uncertified people teaching classes. There is no play ground, there are no PE classes for k-2nd grade, these are taught by the main teachers. 8am - 3pm is a long school day.
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