Campaign Goals and Current Update

The financial breakdown for Let There Be Light Science & Technology Initiative:

$7.5 million for the science and technology wing
$2.5 Annual Fund scholarships

The Need

  • Current science classrooms were built in 1983 and are more than 30 years behind scientific standards.
  • Wheaton Academy has only one dedicated lab space for 650 students.
  • Teachers are juggling curriculum with limited lab space resulting in restricted hands-on learning.
  • Newly developed ideas cannot be implemented due to outdated or overcrowded facilities.

The Solution

  • Dreams for advanced scientific and technological learning will become realities.
  • Wheaton Academy gains six new fully equipped science classrooms, along with four additional research spaces for longer term experimentation.
  • Additional 24,750 square feet will be customized to house robotics, rocketry, sophisticated research and special interest science clubs.
  • An elevator will connect the lower level to the main floor offering disability access.

Gene Frost on Completing the MASTER Program Vision

“The current facility is hampering creativity and imagination. Innovation takes a back seat to facility restrictions. If the facility doesn’t support what teachers and students are willing to do, pretty soon they will lose their enthusiasm.”

Bob Grimm

WA Master Program Director and former Illinois Teacher of the Year