Campaign Goals and Current Update

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

$6.4 million total goal for the Science and Technology Center
$2.4 Annual Fund scholarships
$ .4 MASTER Program Needs

Total Raised: $7.2M

Before Construction of Science & Technology Center

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  • Newly developed ideas could not be implemented due to outdated or overcrowded facilities.

After Construction of Science & Technology Center

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

“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