Applications and required documentation are due Dec. 15 for The Emerge School for Autism’s first kindergarten classes for the 2018-19 school year.

To qualify for enrollment, children must live in East Baton Rouge Parish, have a DSM-V diagnosis from a qualified specialist and have a current IEP from a parish in Louisiana, according to a news release. Children also must be 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2018. A lottery for qualified applicants will be held in February.

The Emerge School, 7784 Innovation Park Drive, will be Louisiana’s first tuition-free school for children with autism. Its model focuses on communication, social and behavioral goals, closing learning gaps and preparing students for successful lives, according to the release. Curriculum will be based on applied behavior analysis and Universal Design for Learning.

“Our unique curriculum will allow these children to meet their maximum potential, both academically and therapeutically. Access to education that meets their special needs will finally be available, and we are eager to open our doors to the many families in the area waiting for this opportunity,” Principal Leigh Bozard said.

Applications can be completed online at emergeschool.org/apply. Call Bozard at (225)343-4232, ext. 1905 or email lbozard@emergeschool.org for more information.