Mission, Vision, Values

Mission Statement

Making Waves commits to rigorously and holistically preparing students to gain acceptance to and graduate from college to ultimately become valuable contributors to the workforce and their communities.


  • Address the disparity in educational opportunity that exists between suburban and urban youths.
  • 70% of our students will earn an appropriately challenging post-secondary degree, graduating with minimal college debt.

Core Values

During the 2013-14 school year, as part of the WASC Accreditation renewal process, the Making Waves Academy community went through an inclusive process of revisiting and refining the school’s Core Values. Participation in this process included students, parents, faculty/staff, administrators, School Site Council members and Board members. The result of the process is that the twelve original values were condensed to five values. Various constituent groups discussed, among other things, how and if specific values could be or were embedded within one another. The revised five MWA Core Values are as follows:

We combine our intellect and critical thinking to support each other and make healthy choices for ourselves and positive changes in our community.

We are agents of change, who, through hard work and perseverance, have the power to define ourselves and to control our destiny.

We believe each person is valuable and we demonstrate respect by following our community norms.

We have integrity; we are accountable for our decisions and actions and their impact on self and community.

We are life-long learners who aspire to and achieve academic excellence.