We, at AJW, create a culture of respect and highest achievement, uniquely aligned with engineering principles, that best prepares a diverse group of learners to succeed in the 21st Century.
A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School will be the most technologically advanced elementary school in Greenville County. The innovation will be apparent in many ways from its downtown location on the Reedy River, to the partnership with the Salvation Armys Kroc Center, to the learning emphasis as an engineering school.
A.J. Whittenberg will be the first elementary school in South Carolina with a school-wide engineering curriculum. The 88,232 square foot facility will feature a three-story atrium with the engineering labs visible from both the interior and exterior of the building. The labs will have software to give students hands-on experience in engineering technology. Students may create Lego robots or design and develop a product using computers. The interior walls of the labs will be mostly glass so the children can see the activity and be inspired to learn.
The facility will also be used as a learning tool. The school will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, based on use of the structure to teach students the importance of recycling, water conservation, and renewable resources.
A.J. Whittenberg Elementary will prove to be a treasure for Greenville County Schools, the City of Greenville, the State of South Carolina, and mostly, the children whose lives will be changed as a result of the facility. The school will truly set the standard for achieving innovation. The school is named for A.J. Whittenberg, a pioneer for civil rights who is best known for his stand on the integration of Greenville County Schools.