Making Waves Foundation » For Students and Families

Making Waves Academy and Making Wave Foundation’s college success program, known as CAP, are among the first organizations to focus on both college access and success as a strategy to support underserved and underrepresented students – from 5th grade through early career.

Together, we have a unique, holistic educational model that supports students academically, socially, emotionally, and financially on their journey to, through, and beyond college. For Making Waves, education is about helping students identify their life dreams – and providing access to the learning, opportunities, and support they need to make them a reality.

Making Waves Academy

Celebrating its 15th year, Making Waves Academy is a tuition-free 5th-12th grade public charter school providing holistic and academically rigorous preparation for college and robust social-emotional and athletic programs. The school provides access post-graduation college and career support and is a diverse, inclusive, safe and welcoming community.

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Learn more about enrollment by visiting the lottery timeline and application process available on the Making Waves Academy website.

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College Success

Currently, students who graduate from Making Waves Academy can opt-in to enroll in CAP during their senior year of high school. Pre-existing special programs including opportunities for Bay Area students and a pilot program offering opportunities for Pittsburg, California students. We are currently not accepting applications for CAP Bay Area. For more information about our application process for CAP Pittsburg, please visit our Program Locations and Information webpage or send an email to

Check back here frequently as we will be announcing future programming for students in need across Contra Costa County.