Middle School Academic Life

Making Waves Academy (MWA) is a four-year public charter school founded in 2007 for Richmond students in fifth through eighth grades. The school’s vision is grounded in our core values and our commitment to inspiring students to reach for excellence and preparing them for high school, the college of their choice, and ultimately, opportunities that change lives.

Making Waves Academy is unique and particularly effective because it offers:

    • A passionate, committed, and skilled leadership team with years of combined experience in K-12 and postsecondary education. They apply research, best practices, and experience to address various student learning needs while also building relationships and rapport with students and parents.
    • High quality, rigorous, and engaging instruction that is aligned to California Common Core standards.
    • Ongoing and intensive learning opportunities for teachers. Faculty and staff engage in regularly scheduled weekly professional development. MWA faculty work collaboratively to address individual student needs, examine student learning challenges, and use data to continually inform instruction.
    • Smaller class sizes (approximately 25-27 students per class).
    • Comprehensive support services for students and families that include academic support and intervention, nutrition, transportation, and psychological services.
    • Facilities designed to enhance learning such as well-equipped classrooms, a library, a technology lab, a multipurpose room, science lab classrooms and prep rooms, art and music rooms, an edible garden, and a synthetic turf field. Laptops are accessible for student use in every classroom.

To read more about Academics at the Middle School, click here.