Expansion in Richmond
Making Waves Academy will expand its enrollment in grades 5-12 each year for the next five years, growing the student population from 1,026 this academic year to approximately 1,500. MWA also intends to expand to include grades K-4 eventually.
The facilities expansion project, which is supported by Making Waves Foundation, has provided an additional 14 acres and 250,000 square feet of teaching space on the Lakeside campus. The middle and upper school facilities now include collaborative open learning areas, a parent resource center, spaces for the restorative practices program, a gymnasium, music rooms, maker spaces, and performance art spaces. An additional gym and fields for the upper school as well as a campus nearby for lower grades are planned over the next several years.
The goals of the project were to serve more students of need from the community, increase the breadth and depth of course offerings, support 21st-century teaching and learning strategies, and move toward a more fiscally sustainable size.
At its October 17th meeting, the MWA Board voted to approve the closure of the charter number assigned to MWA Pittsburg, given that Making Waves Foundation determined it would be unable to build a campus for us there. We are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to serve the students and families of Pittsburg with a school but recognize that a path to quality facilities on our own is not possible. We thank all those that supported our efforts.
We are heartened that Making Waves Foundation plans to engage in the Pittsburg community by allocating $2,000,000 to increase college attendance and graduation rates for Pittsburg students. It has begun to partner with stakeholders to explore ways to grow educational opportunities by providing services, including funding for scholarships, college access programming, and college coaching.
Separately, the private foundation associated with our founder John H. Scully and his wife Regina K. Scully has generously pledged $1,000,000 to the city’s California Theater to support capital improvements so that it can continue to encourage learning through the arts for the youth of the community.