History

2007

Making Waves Academy opens with 100 Wave-Makers in its fifth grade class – the 12th Wave.

2008

In the fall, Making Waves Academy expands to include fifth and sixth grade classes (12th-13th Waves), and doubles its enrollment to 200 students.

2009

Making Waves Academy launches a seventh grade class and total enrollment reaches 300 (12th-14th Waves). In August, MWA celebrates the opening of its new permanent school site in Richmond, CA.

2010

In the fall, Making Waves Academy adds an eighth grade class and enrolls a total of 400 Wave-Makers (12th-15th Waves) at our Richmond campus.

2011

Making Waves Academy charter is amended to add high school grade levels. The Middle School promotes its first eighth grade class and they matriculate to the new Upper School, for a total of about 500 students in fifth-ninth grade.

2012

Making Waves Academy (MWA) opens its new state-of-the-art Middle School building to expand its current Richmond campus by serving fifth-tenth grades in our Middle and Upper schools (12th-17th Waves). MWA successfully renews its charter for five more years.

2013

MWA Middle and Upper Schools welcomes approximately 700 students in fifth-eleventh grades (12th-18th Waves) onto our Richmond campus.

2014

Making Waves Academy (MWA) welcomes 112 new fifth graders, now serving fifth through twelfth grades (12th-19th Waves). MWA's WASC Accreditation is renewed for another six years after undergoing a successful WASC Review proccess.

2015

Making Waves Academy (MWA) Upper School graduates its first senior class (12th Wave). 92% of seniors graduating on time. About 70% are enrolled in four-year colleges and about 30% are enrolled in two-year colleges. In August, MWA welcomed a new class of fifth graders (20th Wave). Based on state test scores, our Upper School is recognized by Innovate Public Schools as a top-performing high school in the Bay Area for underserved Latino students (putting us in the top 5% of all Bay Area Title I public schools.

2016

Making Waves Academy (MWA) Upper School graduates its second senior class (13th Wave). About 70% are enrolled in four-year colleges and about 30% are enrolled in two-year colleges. In August, MWA welcomed a new class of fifth graders (21st Wave). Senior, Patricia Ornelas becomes the first MWA graduate to be awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. For the 2nd year in a row and based on state test scores, the Upper School is recognized by Innovate Public Schools as a top-performing high school in the Bay Area for underserved Latino students (top 5% of all Bay Area Title I public schools).

2017

Making Waves Academy (MWA) Upper School graduates its third senior class (14th Wave). About 75% are enrolled in four-year colleges and about 20% are enrolled in two-year colleges. In August, MWA welcomed a new class of fifth graders (22nd Wave).