Providing the Educational Opportunities that Change Lives

Our History

Currently, Making Waves serves nearly 1,200 middle and high school at the Making Waves Academy and college students throughout the nine Bay Area counties in the College & Alumni Program. Making Waves began 27 years ago as just a dream...


John H. Scully
John H. Scully,
SPO Partners

Rev. Eugene Farlough
The late Rev. Eugene Farlough, Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church in Richmond

In 1989 Making Waves was established by John H. Scully, Managing Director of SPO Partners, and the late Reverend Eugene Farlough, pastor of Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church. Forty-six students from Richmond, California, were chosen to begin an after-school tutoring and mentoring program. A second program was established in 2001 to address underserved youth in San Francisco.

In the Fall of 2007, we opened Making Waves Academy Middle School, a four-year charter school in Richmond, with 100 students entering fifth grade housed in a temporary facility. In 2009, Making Waves Academy celebrated the opening of its permanent home in Richmond. The campus includes a modern facility with a library and technology center at its core, science labs, specialized art and music classrooms, an edible garden, and laptop computers for student use.

In the fall of 2012, Making Waves Academy opened its newest state-of-the-art building on campus in order to accommodate our growing student body. We will reach our full capacity of 800 students in fifth through twelfth grades in fall of 2014.