Lakeside Campus Expansion
Making Waves Foundation is proud to announce the Lakeside Campus Expansion project, which will increase the capacity of Making Waves Academy to serve underrepresented youth in Richmond. The Making Waves 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 unanimous vote of the Planning Commission for the City of Richmond. Through this expansion, we are gaining an additional 14 acres and 250,000 square feet of teaching space. The expanded Making Waves Academy Lakeside campus will grow the student population from educating ~800 up to ~1,300 students annually by the 2025-26 school year, with incremental growth over time. The expanded campus will be enhanced to now include open learning areas, parent resource center, restorative justice space, 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 400 new jobs including construction, faculty and staff positions as enrollment grows.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony on October 3 brought together Making Waves supporters to celebrate the expansion, as well as to recognize the 10-year anniversary of Making Waves Academy. “In 2007, we started with our first class, fifth graders who were housed in a school building recently demolished. While our campus has changed, our mission has not: then, and now, we strive to provide underserved children with an educational experience second to none,” shared Making Waves Co-Founder, John Scully.
Below click and view photos from the Groundbreaking and 10-year anniversary event.