Emerald Youth Foundation makes push for new charter school

Emerald Youth Foundation makes push for new charter school

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Emerald Charter Schools wants to bring Emerald Academy to North Knoxville next year which would serve students grades K-8. Emerald Charter Schools wants to bring Emerald Academy to North Knoxville next year which would serve students grades K-8.
"Emerald Academy will be teacher driven so our teachers will help develop the curriculum for the school during the summer institute that we'll have before the school year begins," John Crooks said. "Emerald Academy will be teacher driven so our teachers will help develop the curriculum for the school during the summer institute that we'll have before the school year begins," John Crooks said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Emerald Youth Foundation has created a non-profit aimed at bringing a new charter school to Knox County.

Emerald Charter Schools wants to bring Emerald Academy to North Knoxville next year which would serve students grades K-8.

If approved, the school would especially aim to enroll inner city youth, though all students would be eligible to enroll.

The school plans to have extended school days and extended school years.

"Emerald Academy will be teacher driven so our teachers will help develop the curriculum for the school during the summer institute that we'll have before the school year begins," Emerald Youth Foundation Marketing & Communications Director John Crooks said. "They'll also be trained to read and understand student data in their assessments. We think that it would accelerate the rate of a student's readiness as they move on from eighth-grade into high school and then from high school into college and college to career."

The non-profit said the educational model for the school will hold both students and staff to high expectations and will encourage a "never give-up" attitude.

"Early childhood learning is crucial to the development of children," Knoxville resident Sherra Robinson said.

Robinson said she hopes her two-year-old granddaughter Nyri will be able to attend Emerald Academy once she starts kindergarten.

"She is so well advanced already so it will kind of help springboard her to the next level in learning," Robinson said. "Having that atmosphere to create and foster those relationships with those children over time will be a stepping stone for her in life when she gets older."

Knox County Schools said it has received a letter of intent from Emerald Academy. Completed applications are due April 1.

Emerald Academy is holding public meetings to discuss the vision of the school March 11 and March 25.

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