(WBIR) More than 75 people showed up to the Emerald Academy, a private charter school opening up in Knoxville, gave a preview to people about the plans the school has for its students Tuesday night.

Steve Diggs, Emerald Academy President, said the school will offer longer school days and a longer school year, as well as a 15-to-1 teacher-student ratio. The school itself will be open to children eligible kindergarten through 8th grade.

Diggs also found the open house the opportunity to get feedback from the community members and their hopes for the new school. He said two things really stood out to him.

"They want to make sure that Emerald Academy will be a two-way partnership with Knox County Schools, and we agree," said Diggs. "Secondly, they want to make sure there are high expectations for the teachers, the scholars, the board, as well as the parents."

The Emerald Academy will submit an application to KCS April 1st, and expects to hear back from the district in the summer. If approved, the school will open up in August 2015.

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