Our Approach

Making Waves Academy Schools

The support, oversight, and growth of existing and new Making Waves Academy schools or campuses are managed by Making Waves Academy Schools (MWAS) or the “Central Office”. Key MWAS personnel include the MWA Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Learning & Innovation Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director of Community Engagement & Growth, Managing Director of Talent, Managing Director of Human Resources, and Chief of Staff. Key functions include talent recruitment, human resources, operations, compliance, data and assessment, finance, and other central functions that support MWA.

All functions housed in MWAS are services that support the continued growth and success of the schools. Staff and teams within the Central Office evaluates, supports, thought-partners, and consults with MWA leadership and staff to support training, compliance, and achievement. MWAS is concerned with quality control, ongoing support and strategic research, which create the ability to adapt to cyclical financial and programmatic forces.

Metrics for continued success of Making Waves Academy include:

  • Enrollment
  • Average Daily Attendance (ADA)
  • California State Assessment Scores (CAASPP)
  • California Dashboard
  • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC
  • Benchmark Assessments
  • Grade Point Averages (GPAs)
  • PSAT, SAT, & ACT Scores
  • High School Graduation Data
  • College Admissions Data
  • Staff Retention Rates



Key elements of the mission statement affirm our commitment to a holistic approach to educational programs that focus on rigorous academic preparation and college-readiness skills, social-emotional skill development, and helping students align their post-secondary education and career plans with their dreams for themselves.

The goal of Making Waves is to get our students to and through college or an appropriately‐challenging post‐secondary educational program. Research and experience continue to inform the organization’s perspective on preparing all Wave‐Makers for college while also offering multiple post‐secondary educational pathways.

The Wave-Maker expectation to “give back” is defined as actions not only in the local community from which they came, but any community in which they choose to reside and/or serve in the future. Successful Wave-Makers are expected to reach out and reach back to support those who are still on the pathway to achieving their hopes and dreams.

Making Waves Academy continues to develop a differentiated approach to learning, attempts to meet students where they are, and charts the appropriate pathway to support long-term success.

The opportunity for our students to participate in CAP upon graduation supports Wave-Makers graduating from college with little debt.  CAP supports students though coaching, need-based financial assistance, and in their choosing a best fit college (financial, academic, and cultural fit). 

Making Waves and its related entities (MWA, a charter school and CAP, a college success program) supports students from 5th grade through college completion. Through a responsive approach to the needs of students, Making Waves aims to reduce the barriers for students in having college and career success.