CEO Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Making Waves Academy (MWA), a very special school community.

It starts with an unlikely partnership between our founder, John Scully, and Reverend Eugene Farlough in the late 1980’s – Mr. Scully the visionary benefactor and Rev. Farlough the visionary community leader from Richmond. Their vision for success was that young people from Richmond would attend college, graduate, and give back to the community as contributing members of the workforce and society. Today, the spirit of this initial inspiration, idea, and commitment remains the same – MWA is a vehicle to help young people achieve their hopes and dreams for themselves.

MWA is a 5th-12th grade, public charter school whose focus is preparing our students (“Wave-Makers”) academically and social-emotionally towards the goal of earning their college degree (or an appropriately challenging post-secondary degree). About 70% of MWA graduates are enrolled in four-year colleges and universities and about 25% are in two-year colleges. A rigorous, high-quality education is still a primary pathway for young people to achieve their hopes and dreams.

While our goals are ambitious and anchored in academic rigor and efficacy, MWA is also a place that focuses on developing thoughtful, responsible, and independent thinkers. We foster a sense of community in a variety of ways. You can see it, hear it, and feel it in our hallways, in our classrooms, at our athletic competitions, at our School Site Council and Board Meetings, and at our parent meetings. Making Waves Academy is a special place where students are supported to explore their interests and prepare to launch themselves into a future of their choosing.


Alton B. Nelson, Jr., Ed.M.
Making Waves Academy CEO