Growth in Richmond

On August 20th, 2018, fifth and sixth graders moved into a brand-new new building featuring technology-enhanced classrooms, a library, science labs, and open learning spaces. This Middle School building is the first of several buildings/spaces that will open as part of MWA’s Lakeside Drive campus expansion project, which is supported by Making Waves Foundation. The new building created seats for an additional 150+ students this school year.

The  Foundation submitted real estate design plans and acquired funding (no public funds used to build the expanded campus) to support the expansion. These plans were approved by a unanimous vote of the Planning Commission for the City of Richmond. Through this expansion, Making Waves Academy is gaining an additional 14 acres and 250,000 square feet of teaching space. The nearly-completed MWA expansion will allow us to eventually enroll double the number of students from Richmond and the surrounding areas of West Contra Costa County, up to 1,500 by 2024.

. The expanded campus will be enhanced to now include open learning areas, parent resource center, restorative justice spaces, middle and upper school gymnasiums, and a performance art space.

In addition to educating more students, the campus expansion will provide increased job opportunities for the local Richmond community. Making Waves will create over 595 new jobs including construction, faculty and staff positions as enrollment grows.


Growth in Pittsburg

In February 2019, the Contra Costa County Office of Education approved Making Waves Academy’s charter application and the City of Pittsburg Planning Commission approved Making Waves Foundation’s building plans for the campus. Given escalating construction cost estimates and the evolving, uncertain landscape for charter schools in the state of California, Making Waves Foundation will pause the planned Pittsburg project to explore its options. The organization remains committed to creating educational opportunities for underserved students in the Pittsburg community.