Award Year: 2020

A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering

420 Westfield Street
Greenville, SC, 29601-2402

(864) 452-0512

Dr. Susan Stevens, Principal at time of Nomination

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Greenville County Schools

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We create a culture of respect and academic achievement by aligning SC College and Career standards with engineering principles to prepare diverse learners for success.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 52%
  • White: 27%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 11%
AJW Engineers celebrate their diversity.

AJW Engineers celebrate their diversity.

As profiled in the New York Times bestseller, Our Towns by James and Debra Fallows, America's tiniest engineers are as young as four and are located in the historically under-served West End of Greenville, South Carolina. Founded on a school-wide engineering approach, high technology and public-private partnerships, A. J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering welcomes students from around the corner and across the region.

Our diverse student engineers routinely work alongside professional engineers from global corporations to solve real-world problems and learn through the lens of the Engineering Process while demonstrating mastery of South Carolina state standards. Embracing the passion of our namesake, civil rights activist Abraham Jonas Whittenberg, our school practices anti-racism and intentional social-emotional learning to develop as exceptional people and scholars. Creative instructional practices meet the needs of all learners which empowers historically under-performing subgroups to thrive. Parents and community members serve as mentors and volunteers to ensure a student-centered school culture and learning environment that extends beyond the classroom. All students have a variety of in-class, after school and summer camp opportunities to explore learning that engages their interests and ignites their enthusiasm for excellence. Engineers make a world of difference - beginning at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering!