Circus came to High Mowing in 1995 when teacher Jackie Davis, M.Ed., who coined the term Developmental Circus Arts,
built three fundamental elements into the curriculum:
- Unique skills: Juggling, acrobatics, equilibristics, clowning, and aerials are the physical skills that serve as the core for youth circus activities.
- Collaborative approach: Youth circus is by definition non-competitive — departing from the team-versus-team sports tournament model, in favor of the troupe model where youth participate in the spirit of “all for one and one for all.”
- Radically inclusive: Circus is accessible to learners of every age, athletic capability, body size, developmental capability, socioeconomic status, academic standing, race, and gender.
All students in Grades 9–12 can choose circus as an elective and, throughout the year, have circus as a morning activity. For students who are especially drawn to the circus arts, High Mowing offers the Circus Studies Program