I had such high hopes for this school. My daughter did not get into Dreyfoos, but we were happy to have the option of G-Star. We felt like the tour and open house were a bit like being inside of a commercial, and the Founder is a salesman more than an educator or businessman. But we decided to go for it anyway. Well, she had some teachers she loved, some that were incompetent or could care less. She made some great friends and was excited to get involved with E-Scream. But all that didn't matter because she was sick - all the time! Bronchitis, sore throats, headaches and stomach-aches. She had never missed a day in middle school. She told me she saw others have nose bleeds and seizures, and one of her teachers was sick for two months. . Something is seriously wrong with the buildings, and the administration just covers it up.
The school brags about the graduation rate and college acceptance rate, but I don't know where they get these statistics from! The drop out rate is HUGE! And are mostly kids who choose to homeschool rather than subject themselves to the social bullying! Drugs are everywhere! Everything they tell the parents is a huge lie!
Parent.... My son has had an exceptional experience at G Star School. The staff is very attentive and truly help the kids grow indivudually. My son has has matured and mastered tremendous skills in the film dept. And has super high goals for his future because of the hands on experiences he gets at G Star. His friends are delightful teens that are respectful and have focus and direction, as he does. Thank you for making high school fun and interesting!
My daughter is in the 9th grade there and I have to say there are some great qualities. there is zero bullying and I have not seen any behavior problems. Some of the teachers are really great and go out of their way to care. However that is not the norm. Some don't reply to emails and others get annoyed or upset when you email them. And her Spanish teacher barely speaks english. There is a cafeteria but it's so tiny that most kids have to eat outside at picnic tables. There are broken Windows and roaches. The classrooms are TINY and one smelled really bad. I wish they would allow parents to tour the school before enrolling. I do not know if she'll go there next year. The promises are good and I'm hoping some of it comes true I have not seen any Hollywood film companies come and in 1/2 year they have not had any real world experience. She made great friends.
I am a long-time staff member of G-Star School of the Arts. My children attend the school. I ll answer critics with facts: G-Star is an A rated school; Graduation rate of 98% with 94% going on to the colleges of their choice, most on scholarships; FLDOE rated a High Performing School . The Washington Post rated G-Star academically in the top 1.4% of all high schools in the nation; US News & World Report: Silver School Award . Last year 41% of students had a GPA above 3.5 and 21 % had a 4.0 GPA and above; G-Star is an International Baccalaureate World School; G-Star passes the Palm Beach County Health and Fire Inspections with the highest ratings; Of course, there is a cafeteria. Visit www.gstarschool.org and click on Environmental Information for OSHA approved testing proving that there is no mold or any other environmental issues. Click on Parent and Student Comments to see what students and parents truly feel about the school. Safest school in the County - no bullying, drugs, fights or gangs. G-Star was named The Number One High School for Film in the World in London by the Raindance Film Festival, Europe s largest independent film festival. Come see for yourself.
I am a student at G-Star, and was ecstatic to attend at first. However, when I arrived to the campus, I learned that the buildings are improperly labeled, the rooms are small and over crowded, most of the classrooms have horrible mold and cockroach problems and the owner of the school does nothing to help the students. I and my parents have personally tried to reach him, and we have never gotten an answer. The teachers don't know what they are doing (I have had 5 different AP stats teachers, it is the second nine weeks) and the school barely offers any courses. Gstar stopped offering dual enrollment, and I do not have any math or science courses to take next year. I am leaving the school so I may get a better education! Not only is the education lacking, but all the owner seems to care about is money. The campus is filthy and we don't have a cafeteria. Bottom line, your homeschool isn't as bad as you think it is.
I was sent a letter to go to G-star School of the Arts, at the time I had no other options therefore I applied and was accepted. I learned many things, 1) G-star didn't have a clear Bus schedule 2) Classroom were improperly labeled 3) The Lunch service is a disaster 4) The classrooms/building are dirty & old 5) G-star has a Cockroach problem (and I am really scared of cockroaches) Unfortunately as many of us students say G-star has a certain curse, once you get there it's very hard to leave there. Recently, the handful teachers/ administrative staff who cared about us students, and invested their time in making sure that we were comfortable and safe we recently fired, or left due to changes. Alas, I am going to remain there b/c I don't want to go through the hassle of switching schools and having to learn a new curriculum. Even through all of that, If someone asked me if I would recommend my school...I would probably say...yes. It's not the school that makes me stay it's the students, and brilliant friends that have made my high school experience really really awesome. I have never experienced anything at the hands of another student (bullying or otherwise)
G Star School of the Arts is anything but that! We moved here specifically so our child could attend G Star. It has been extremely disappointing. I feel everything was misrepresented to us when we visited the school prior to our move. We were told the kids would have "hands on" experience working with "some of the industries finest directors, producers and actors." Well, a year and a half later I have not seen any of that. The few times anyone came to use the sound stage the kids were told it was a closed set and could not help or even watch from a distance. That is not what we expected. The piece on the Today Show was just fluff and the schools founder is more like a used car salesman then an educator. My daughter was enrolled in an AP Physics class and had three different instructors the fist semester. Needless to say she did not do well on the final AP test. She also enrolled in 2 other AP courses but they were cancelled last minute due to lack of interest or teacher. The buildings are old and filthy and some have mold. Turnover rate in teachers is high and they just dismissed the Asst Principal who was the very last good thing the school had going for it.
The class rooms are filled with mold and infested with rats and insects. Students and teachers both have recieved mold induced asthma. there is no cafeteria, and there is a lack of school supplies.
i think that G-star is an amazing school and people have told me that everyone there are like family i would absoluty love to got to a school where everyone is treated like family and i also heard that people get along well thats good because i am a very good person when it comes to friendship and family they are more important for me because i think that people should be treated equally and they should be respected the same way :)
Beware this school is not for everyone!!!!! My child attended Gstar for a year. and half. He is a gifted straight A student and then his grades plummeted!!! As a concerned parent, I asked for assistance to help my son to bring his grades back up and nothing was ever put in place. Some of the teachers were excellent, others not so much. Mr. Anderpont is the gem of the school, always there to listen, encourage the kids, and has a smile on his face The school is in bad shape, renovations needed. Some of the rules are crazy!!!! (in school suspension for being late too many times!!!!) Just be careful when selecting this school. May not be a good fit for your child. We removed him from school and he is back in private!!
I am honestly appalled at all of these terrible reviews. I, like many students who attend G-Star, auditioned for Dreyfoos School of the Arts and did not get in. Needless to say, I was devastated. I reluctantly applied to G-Star and got in. Great. I really was dreading high school, but now after 3 and a half years here, I can honestly say it's one of the best choices I've made in my life. Of course, there are teachers who do the bare minimum, but there are also MANY under appreciated teachers who are dedicated and talented at what they do. Being in all honors and AP classes, I can say there has only been one teacher who I've had problems with in all my time at the school. True, our founder has gone a bit over the edge with a few new rules (which, I'll admit, is very annoying to staff/students), but he truly does care. If more students took the time to get to know him/other teachers, maybe they wouldn't be so ignorant. It's difficult to deal with children who, most of the time, don't even want to be in school/disrespect their elders. But they do it, and they do a nice job. I'm not saying it's a utopia, but it's a million times better than what it's been made out to be here.
I am currently a sophomore here, and trying to switch as soon as possible after a year of 'schooling.' Too much revolves around the schools' owner trying to keep this mockery afloat, like letting celebrities use the only prestigious thing about G-star, the sound stage. The air conditioners normally don't work in the buildings, and buses. Inadequate staff in the commissary, and most of my teachers don't really teach! They're all nice (to me anyways), but it was as if every teacher was a substitute that wasn't even certified in the first place! One of the only things positive about this school, is that there aren't really any belligerent students, and last year I almost didn't have any incidences. The English department seems to excel, last year I had a fantastic teacher who was tolerant, connected with the students, and best of all knew what he/she was doing. I'm almost certain the only reason this school has such a nice rating is that everyone just watched that Daily Show. Trust me, I fell for it too! I'm switching to my home school very soon, and I advise you not to enroll your kids into this school!
I moved here just so I could go to this school. I am very interested in film and acting. I entered into this school as a junior. The today show and their website is purely false advertising. The film department rarely makes any films and if there is any company using the soundstage, they are usually exclusive or just ask you to set up and strike the set. You get NO hands on real life experience. the cameras in the film dept I can purchase at home and I even have the s20 at home. G-Star is more like Ghetto-star and everyone has an attitude. they say "everyone is friends" but they arent. people judge and are loud and rude. The administration doesnt let you express your personality in ANY way and are very strict about dress code. I am very disappointed in my move JUST to go to this school. if you are planning on doing so. dont. all they want are more students so they can get more money to make another sound stage. they DONT care about the students and they accept anyone. half the people there dont even care about film or acting. they are only there bc they hate their old school. my suggestion: don't move just to go to g-star.
I knew that my child would succeed at this school. It is a good fit because of her interests, talents and choice of peers. Do your homework. Don't apply just because it looks like your kid would have fun. This is not summer camp. Look for three general complaints. First, that the faculty and admin focus on nothing but stats. Say that to an audience of grateful parents and thriving students and you will hear, at best, the sound of chirping crickets. Second, student diatribe with high frequency usage of "I" and "me" - Mere 4th year drivel about how the school will not be able to get along without them. Snivelers should try a one week reality check at another pbc public school. Third, disillusionment from parents of students with average academic performance. Sadly, academic rigor has an unforgiving quality. Some charter schools may consider this a tolerable limitation on what their school can offer. Please don't let the negative comments drive your decision. Bottom line: Gstar is really cool. I see caring, sensitive and hardworking kids. The kind of kids I want my daughter to be around. peace
I'm going into my senior year at GStar, and I've been there for my entire past three years. The film and acting departments at GStar make up for it's lack of academic thrill. I'm strictly in the film department, but I've many friends in the theatre department and the biggest complaint is the lack of funding. The film department seems to get money for cameras and other equipment handed to them. There's always award ceremonies and such going on for communications, however the acting department must raise their own money. Favoritism? Seems to be so. There's a few common jokes among the upperclass students that the teachers don't even need a degree to work here, as long as they're willing to work. Another being that after the class of 2012 graduates, there is little to no hope left for the school. No one in the underclass seems to really take the school seriously, because the school basically lets you in if they like your name. I know GStar prides itself in the "no audition" category, but if you're running a school of the arts, you need to have some boundary of talented people. I can say 80% of the kids there only attend because they don't want to attend their home school and get beat.
Don't Listen to haters, G-Star is a great school for 3 reasons 1.) WE HAVE AN A AVERAGE 2.) THE SCHOOL IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD (as announced by the british film festival) 3.)And the student benefits excel that of any other A, B, or C rated school.
Hi I just joined this website and I was wondering if Gstar is a good school? because i'm comparing this school with dreyfoos. I would like to know is Gstar just theatre plays and musical theatre because I am not interested in that AT ALL, well the musical part that is!!! I'm into monologues . I want to be a actress and a director when I grow up so I was wondering..... does gstar participate in film festivals?I'' really into that. Also hows the communications program because I was thinking of doing that since I want to be a director?
Based on the box telling me what a great school has, G-Star get's a one. The teachers don't teach, only a small handful have taught me anything, the others sit there and blabber on and on about nothing. I've even had some COMPLAIN about the school. Our principal is completely absent from the school, and our founder just sits in the spotlight and tries to mask our low budget everything as grand and spectacular (something we are not). The academic programs are not challenging what-soo-ever, as you can tell by our C average. I find that parents are often misslead by their children's praise of the school. Of course they praise the place, there is no dicipline, no morale and a lack of academic drive like I've never seen. The place is falling apart too. There's electrical all over the place, and drug heads running around like lab rats.
As a senior at g-star I think that I have a better understanding of the school and how it is run. The teachers there are predominantly empathize with the students and are sure to provide for our educational needs. Considering the disrespect they get from their students the adults are patient and respectful, even though they may be having a bad day. The film and acting departments are very exceptional, considering how limitted their faculties are but the students leave the school with at least a basic understanding of how to act and/or techniques for filming. The only complaints I have are about the shortage of cameras available and the size of classes since our school has grown.
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