Making Waves Academy – Richmond Expansion
Making Waves Academy is expanding its enrollment in grades 5-12. The expansion increases the number of students in each grade level from 112 to 168 students. In 2018-19, expansion began with larger classes of 168 5th and 6th graders. The expanded campus will grow the student population up to about 1,300 students by the 2025-26 school year, with incremental growth over time. The goals of the expansion are to serve more students and expand programming options.
In partnership with Making Waves Foundation, the new MWA campus increases the capacity of Making Waves Academy to serve underrepresented youth in Richmond and the surrounding communities in West Contra Costa County. The Making Waves Foundation acquired funding to support the expansion (no public funds will be used), and the building plans were approved by unanimous vote of the Planning Commission for the City of Richmond. The new expanded campus gained an additional 14 acres and 250,000 square feet of teaching space. The expanded campus features open learning areas, a parent resource center, dedicated space for restorative justice practices, a gymnasium, music rooms, and performance art spaces.
Making Waves Academy – Pittsburg
Related to Making Waves Foundation’s plan to build the second campus for Making Waves Academy in Pittsburg, in February 2019, the Contra Costa County Office of Education approved Making Waves Academy’s charter application and the City of Pittsburg Planning Commission approved Making Waves Foundation’s building plans for the campus. The MWA Pittsburg charter (a 5th-12th grade charter) was approved in early 2019 by the County Board of Education for the Contra Costa County Office of Education. MWA Pittsburg received its state charter number in August of 2019.
Currently, construction plans to build out that campus are on hold. Recent proposed changes in California charter law and the escalated cost of construction are resulting in a pause of activity for the near term. The hope is to have more clarity later in the fall or winter of 2019.