Making Waves was founded in 1989 as an education support program to help address the disparity in educational opportunities for low-income students in Richmond, CA and to help them prepare for and graduate from college. For decades, through comprehensive programming and services, Making Waves has helped prepare and support first-generation college students to graduate from competitive institutions across the country.
In 2007, Making Waves Academy (MWA) Middle School was founded, a public charter school offering a rigorous fifth to eighth grade academic program with a focus on college and career readiness. The Making Waves Academy Upper School opened in 2011 and provides rich academic course offerings, career exploration and extensive college advisement.
MWA currently serves about 800 students in grades 5-12 and 95% or more of its first three graduating classes were accepted to college. About 70% gained admission to four-year schools and 25% or more gained admission to two-year schools. The first phase of a five-year strategic growth plan is underway, with a new expanded middle school opening in the fall of 2018. In the future, MWA will ultimately grow to serve roughly 6,000 students on three K-12 campuses, while our sister organization, Making Waves College and Alumni Program (CAP) will continue to support up to 2,000 of our alumni in persisting through college.
4123 Lakeside Drive
Richmond, CA 94806