Making Waves Academy – Richmond Expansion
Making Waves Foundation is proud to announce the Lakeside Campus Expansion project, which will increase the capacity of Making Waves Academy to serve underrepresented youth in Richmond. The Making Waves Foundation submitted real estate design plans and acquired funding to support the expansion (no public funds will be used). These plans were approved by unanimous vote of the Planning Commission for the City of Richmond.
Through this expansion, Making Waves Academy is gaining an additional 14 acres and 250,000 square feet of teaching space. The expanded campus will grow the student population from ~800 students up to ~1,400 students by the 2025-26 school year, with incremental growth over time. The expanded campus will feature open learning areas, a parent resource center, space for restorative justice, middle and upper school gymnasiums, and a performance art space.
In addition to educating more students, the campus expansion will provide increased job opportunities for the local Richmond community. Making Waves will create more than 400 new jobs (some construction, some full-time) over the next two and a half years.
Making Waves Academy – 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. Given escalating construction cost estimates and the evolving, uncertain landscape for charter schools in the state of California, Making Waves Foundation will pause the planned Pittsburg project to explore its options. The organization remains committed to creating educational opportunities for underserved students in the Pittsburg community.