About Booker High Visual Performing Arts
We Educate the Whole Child
Located in Sarasota, Florida’s “Art and Cultural Center,” Booker High School is a comprehensive learning facility inhabiting a $58-million state-of-the-art campus. The smallest comprehensive high school in the Sarasota County District, Booker has the lowest student-to-teacher ratio and offers individualized, differentiated instruction.
Booker is home to the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program, which offers rigorous, pre-professional training in the arts in five disciplines: Dance, Digital Film & Motion Design, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art. Some notable graduates of the VPA are American Idol semifinalist and Broadway star Syesha Mercado, Oscar-winning film make-up artist Bill Corso, and NBC’s “Chicago Fire” star Charlie Barnett.
In addition to the VPA, Booker High School is proud to offer the Cambridge University AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) program. The AICE curriculum includes college preparatory courses in English language arts, the sciences, mathematics, history, and the humanities, and students can earn college credit, as well as an internationally recognized AICE diploma, through successful completion of the courses and their end-of-course-exams. Booker also offers Dual Enrollment courses through an articulation agreements with State College of Florida.
Among other programs located on the Booker campus are JROTC, Career and Technical Education courses, including engineering, hospitality, and the Law Academy. Booker High School also offers plenty of extracurricular options through its diverse clubs and athletic opportunities.
Booker High School is the only comprehensive high school in Sarasota County with a full-time college and career adviser, and is a proud member of the international mentoring club, College For Every Student (CFES). Opportunities abound for students who choose to come to Booker High School, and enrollment at the school is available through the County’s School Choice program (with a window opening in February) as well as through its magnet programs: the VPA, AICE, and the Law Academy
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