Under the Direction of our founder and first Principal, Roland J. Werner, PhD the Community Access & Job Training Program began operations in August 1996 at the St. Louis Public School District's Southwest High campus. We moved to our current location in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood in June 2003. Dr. Werner continued to develop and grow the program through October of 2008. In October of 2008, Brian O'Connor became principal and lead our school to be recognized as a National School of Character in 2016. In 2016, Kimberly Long became school principal and is excited to continue to assist Nottingham's growth and development as a Job Training High School for students with developmental delays.
CAJT is a public separate day facility which provides vocational preparation, occupational guidance, and functional academic instructional activities in a school based, community oriented school-to-work program for students with moderate/severe developmental disabilities ages 14 through 21. This school is a special education, school-to-work transition program with major emphasis on preparation of students for "real life", after high school. Community Access is truly our watchword. To that extent, we have five Community Work Experience classrooms spread throughout the city of St. Louis. We currently have classes working at Washington University and Wells Fargo.
The student/teacher ratio at our school is approximately 10/1. The school provides an Extended School Year program during the summer for those students who need to have continued services in order to reduce regression and improve their social skills necessary to compete in the "real world". Our mission is to build positive character in students and for them to have a successful transition from school to post-secondary independence.