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 ~1,300 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.
Details can be found by watching this video of Steve Roth, Making Waves Foundation COO, sharing details on the expansion project.
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.
Making Waves Academy Pittsburg is planned to open in the fall of 2020 with 336 students (168 per grade level) in the 5th and 6th grades, and will expand to serve 5th-12th grades over time. The new 20.55-acre campus will include open learning spaces, a maker space, music and art rooms, a restorative justice space, a college and career center, a black-box theatre, and an athletics complex.
MWF will also be a dedicated Pittsburg community partner by financially supporting the city’s performing arts theater renovation project and upgrading and expanding the city parks and bike paths at the edge of the campus. Making Waves Academy at Pittsburg will create hundreds of new construction and instructional jobs in the city of Pittsburg.