G-Star’s academic success continues to be lauded by national press. Just one week ago the US News & World Report ranked G-Star in the top 3% of all high schools in America. Now the Washington Post ranks this one-of-a-kind high school that is located on the back lot of a major movie studio even higher. The Washington Post’s list of academic rankings is titled “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” The Washington Post’s list ranks schools through an index formula ratio which includes the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. The list shows a sustained increase in the number of schools that qualify through AP, IB and Cambridge test participation, even though the vast majority of U.S. schools still do not make the list. In 1998, the first year of the Challenge Index, only about one percent of U.S. schools qualified. The number this year is up to about 12 percent. “It is a great honor to be ranked in the Top 1.4% in the nation,” says G-Star Principal, Kim Collins. “We are very different from other arts schools. We have no audition. We accept students who are interested in the arts, help them decide what they want to do and then we grow their talent, but they have to keep their grades up to participate. The arts help academic achievement and everyone wins.”
G-Star’s graduation rate last school year was 98.3% with 97% going on to the finest colleges in the world. “Our international Baccalaureate World School Programme graduation rate is among the highest in America and internationally,” continues Collins. “A graduate from G-Star’s IB Programme has the opportunity to earn enough credits to start college in the 3rd year – and it comes with its own Bright Futures Scholarship.” G-Star is the only arts high school in Palm Beach County that has an International Baccalaureate World School Programme. G-Star was also named one of “America’s Most Honored Businesses” by the American Registry of Best Businesses in America.