What Is The Magic of G-Star?
NBC’s Today Show says…
G-Star is “A ground breaking high school… Not only does it offer excellent academics, it is the only one in the world with a working motion picture studio on campus… every kid is going to want to go here. You’ve never seen anything quite like it before. It is an extraordinary place.”
U.S. News & World Report
Gave G-Star its Annual Academic Award’s highest honor naming it among the “Best High Schools in America” ranked in the top 2.6% of all high schools in the nation. PBC School District Chairman of the Board says “G-Star is a non-profit charter high school that offers students a unique educational experience that they can’t find in traditional schools… and also provides a one-of-a-kind curriculum for its students.” The Washington Post has ranked G-Star in the top 1.4% of high schools nationally. Here’s Why G-Star High School of the Arts is receiving all the attention:
For students, for parents, and for industry G-Star is a magical place. From its unique design as a working film, animation and movie studios to a curriculum that appeals to kids in the digital age to incredible events that occur almost weekly, G-Star is a unique place to learn. What other high school has one of the greatest rock bands in history, The WHO with Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey, and a 60-piece orchestra, along with Sirius XM radio broadcasting nation-wide “From the G-Star School of the Arts!” on their campus?
The G-Star High School of the Arts for Film, Animation and Performing Arts is one of the most innovative and creative high schools in America. We teach script to screen and excel in all the traditional high school courses but our students WANT to learn and look forward to going to class every day! We don’t believe in auditions – there’s a place for every student within our wide range of options. We run the largest motion picture studios south of Orlando where multi-million dollar productions take place with our students on set, and we welcome new students all year long. We planned it that way. G-Star exposes our students to all our arts programs and then lets them decide. Students can change their focus and their programs until they find their arts passion.
The magic continues with our academic success rates. G-Star is an “A” rated high school by the FDOE with a graduation rate among the best in the nation at 97.3%. Almost 100% of our graduates continue on to college. Our International Baccalaureate World School Programmme, the highest level of learning in high school, includes several students with perfect 6.0 GPAs. Our graduates have been accepted at Juilliard, Oxford University (England), John Hopkins, CalArts (Disney’s college), NYU, USC, UCLA, West Point, Naval Academy at Annapolis, Kent University in Canterbury (England), and almost every college and university in Florida, to name a few.
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G-Star has partnered with one of the top European talent agencies in Paris. The Celine Agency (www.agence-celine.com/fr), has its new U.S. location on our Studios’ back lot to exclusively retain our students as talent. The Celine Agency is bringing major production companies from Paris to produce commercials and print ads on our G-Star Studios’ back lot. World-wide TV commercial productions include clients such as Christian Dior, Chanel, L’Oreal, Air France, McDonalds and others. G-Star is also partnering with the largest maker of theme park attractions. The Falcon’s Creative Group (www.falconscreativegroup.com) adds yet another element to the host of industry leaders who educate our students for real world opportunities. Working side by side with industry professionals is part of the reason G-Star was named “Best High Schools for the Arts in America” as well as “Best College Prep High Schools in America” by 2019 Best Schools – Niche.com; and “The Number One High School for Film in the World” by the Raindance Film Festival, London.
In 2018, We Had a Visitor…
Digital animation is one of the highest paying careers in an industry thirsty for skilled talent. A G-Star graduate from the class of 2007 brought some magic of his own to G-Star this year. Alex Hatfield, one of the top Visual Effects (VFX) experts in the film industry whose work appears in films including Star Wars, Captain America, and many more, visited the campus. Alex created the first motion picture studios in the Cloud. He credits G-Star for his start in the VFX and coding world and he wanted to give something back. Incorporating our own 3-D Animation Department with brand new powerful computers, he created the only VFX Pipeline educational department anywhere in the nation. The program will be rolled out in August 2019. The applications of VFX go far beyond film. The VFX Pipeline learned at G-Star has already become an integral part of Fortune 500 companies including SpaceX and NASA. It is projected that there will be 1.1 million jobs in this arena in 2019.
The G-Star Studios (www.gstarstudios.com) is the largest motion picture studios in South Florida with 110,000 sq. ft. under roof in its motion picture complex. Our five million dollar “Sound Stage One” has been named as “One of the Top 7 Sound Stages in the World” by Studios Systems News. Celebrities appear here in major feature films, commercials, and music videos produced at our Studios. Students work on the sets as interns with cast & crew receiving real-world, hands-on experience and making industry connections. Recent productions include NIKE, Apple, Rolex, Under Armour, Puegeot autos (France), Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper, Joe Namath, Dream Factory (feature film produced by Clint Eastwood’s daughter, Kimber), Latin singers Prince Royce and Maluma, Serena Williams, Justin Thomas (golf), and Marmon (multi-billion dollar company owned by Warren Buffett). Stars our students have worked include: Celine Dion, Stevie Nicks, Michele Wei, Tiger Woods, Shaquille O’Neal, Jimmie Buffett, Bob Dylan, The Moody Blues, Radiohead, Barry Manilow, Jack Nicholas, Rob Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Statham, Soledad O’Brian, Counting Crows, Barry Bostwick, James Cromell, Rory McIlroy, John Goodman, William H. Macy, Kevin James, Academy Award Winning Producer/Director Bobby Moresco, Oscar Winning Director Taylor Hackford, Producer Stratton Leopold, and many more.
This school year G-Star students built a massive set from 1850s London for the Salvation Army Gala at The Breakers in Palm Beach that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the charity in one evening. Our students performed as Charles Dickens’ characters in the program. G-Star students also built out and acted in a 20,000 sq. ft. recreation of ancient Egypt for the school’s annual X-Scream Halloween event which tripled attendance over all previous years. Over 200 G-Star students worked with the FBI, Homeland Security, SWAT teams, TSA, and first responders participating as victims in 15 emergency drills utilizing our Prosthetics Makeup Department. Our Drama Department won top awards and scholarships at the State Thespian Competition and our Film Department’s G-Shorts Film Festival featured some of the best work ever.
We draw students from countries around the world and our graduates include: Beyonce’s Choreographer, Mariah Carey’s personal cinematographer, The Sound Engineer for The Jimmie Fallon Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live, a young Self-made millionaire – created the first “Studio in the Cloud” that the whole film industry is using, Syfy’s Face-Off Prosthetics Makeup Artist Winner, Production Coordinator at NBC Universal, Assistant to Howie Mandel, Assistant to the President of Capitol Records, Assistant to the Head of Warner Bros. Studios, Film Scoring with Rob Minkoff, the Director & Head Animator for The Lion King; and Academy Award Winning Musical Director, Hans Zimmer, Gaming & Coding at Warner Bros., and many others.
Another extraordinary piece of magic happened this school year when G-Star Studios and High School of the Arts partnered with Keiser University to open the College of Cinematic Arts Keiser University. The program’s main classroom is our G-Star Studios Sound Stage One. Keiser University has 20,000 students on 21 campuses throughout Florida as well as a campus in Shanghai, China. The fully accredited College of Cinematic Arts offers both a 4-year Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and a 2-year Associates of Arts Degree in Film as well as a certificate program in film. Studies include pre-production, production, and post-production. Our new Nuke Studio VFX Pipeline and 3-D Animation will be utilized as the only VFX pipeline program in any university. Major companies are excited to find a consistent source of qualified VFX/Coding/3-D Animation college graduates here at G-Star. Our students will have the inside track with training starting in high school through college graduating professionals ready to work in an industry with starting salaries averaging $100,000 per year.
G-Star High School of the Arts is the prototype of what a modern educational campus should be. It combines strong academics with an environment that engages students who are growing up in a digital age. It exposes them to new careers with industry professionals and offers a custom University partnership to further their education. A great education, students who love going to school to learn, real career opportunities –
That’s The Real Magic of G-Star!