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Sarasota High and Circus Arts Conservatory Partner for Magnet Program

Sarasota’s long-running history with circus arts will soon expand into the classrooms of Sarasota High School.

In partnership with Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota High will bring a magnet, or student choice program, to Sarasota County students, following Sarasota County School Board’s approval Tuesday afternoon.

The original Sailor Circus grew out of an extension of courses at Sarasota High in 1949, and the Circus Arts Conservatory currently partners with the school board to bring various circus enrichment programs to elementary school students.

Now, school leaders hope the magnet program will allow students from all over the district hone their passions for the circus arts while continuing their academic career, said Sarasota High principal David Jones.

“I thought, since this is a visual performing art-type endeavor, wouldn’t it be cool if we could have a magnet program, given the heritage of the Sarasota community, that these kids could actually come together, do some of their training, much like a VPA model, for two periods during the day with expert instructors,” Jones said…

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