Enrollment at Making Waves Academy

Thank you for your interest in Making Waves Academy (MWA). Beginning October 1, 2023 we will begin accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. While we wish we could admit all of the students and families interested in attending the Academy, we have the following opportunities for admission:

  • There will be 112 openings 5th grade student openings for fall 2024
  • Applicants to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will be placed on the waitlist for the 2024-2025 school year and will be called upon, in order, if a spot opens up.

Whenever requests by students to enroll in a California charter school exceed enrollment capacity of the school, California Charter School law requires a lottery to determine enrollment. Based on the experiences at MWA, we are preparing to conduct a lottery to determine the enrollment for the fall of 2024.

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How to Enroll

The lottery application is available online. At the “Enroll WCC” website, you can apply to MWA and to a number of other West Contra Costa charter schools. Please make sure to check the box for “Making Waves Academy” on the appropriate page. Please fill out the application completely and submit by Friday, February 16, 2024.

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On Thursday, February 29, 2024 we will hold the public lottery to determine the students who will enter MWA Middle School in the fall of 2024. According to our charter, names will be drawn in the following order:

  1. Students who are siblings of students who are currently enrolled at Making Waves Academy. A sibling is defined as a biological/adoptive sibling, step sibling, or foster child residing within the same household.
  2. Students who are children of Making Waves Academy employees. Making Waves Academy employees refers to full-time faculty and staff who, by December of their second year, will have been a full-time employee at Making Waves Academy for at least 12 months
  3. Students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Meal ("FRPM") who reside within West Contra Costa Unified School District attendance boundaries
  4. All other students eligible for FRPM who reside within Contra Costa County
  5. All other students who reside in the West Contra Costa Unified School District attendance boundaries
  6. All other eligible applicants

Please note, all students who are not selected for one of the available openings will be placed onto a numerically ordered wait list. In the event a space becomes available, you will be notified directly by our staff.

Important Lottery Dates

  • October 1, 2023 – Application Process Begins
  • February 16, 2024 – Application Deadline
  • February 29, 2024 – Lottery Selection

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MWA does not discriminate against any student or employee on the basis of actual or perceived: Race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and hairstyle, including but not limited to braids, locks, and twists); Color; Gender, (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity, whether or not the employee is transitioning or has transitioned); Sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to such); Religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices); Marital/registered domestic partner status; Age (forty (40) and over); National origin or ancestry (including native language spoken and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the U.S. is authorized by federal law); Physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS); Medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics); Taking of a leave of absence pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”) law, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), or laws related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking laws; Genetic information; Sexual orientation; Military and veteran status; or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. MWA adheres to all provisions of federal law related to students with disabilities, including, but not limited to, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (“IDEIA”). MWA is committed to providing a work and educational atmosphere that is free of unlawful harassment under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex); Titles IV, VI, and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race, color, or national origin); The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; The Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the IDEIA; and Section 504 and Title II of the ADA (mental or physical disability).  MWA also prohibits sexual harassment, including cyber sexual bullying, and harassment based upon pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race or ethnicity, religion, religious affiliation, creed, color, immigration status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance or regulation.  MWA does not condone or tolerate harassment of any type, including discrimination, intimidation, or bullying, including cyber sexual bullying, by any employee, independent contractor or other person with which MWA does business, or any other individual, student, or volunteer.  This applies to all employees, students, or volunteers and relationships, regardless of position or gender.  MWA will promptly and thoroughly investigate any complaint of harassment and take appropriate corrective action, if warranted.  The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation in MWA’s programs or activities. MWA prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint or who participates in a complaint investigation.

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