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.

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, Sarasota High Principal David Jones said.

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