College & Career Readiness

College & Career Counseling
Making Waves Academy (MWA) takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to college and career counseling for all students. We expect every student to have a post-secondary plan that includes post-secondary education at a four-year, two-year, or vocational school.
Our Philosophy
Fit. We believe in working with our students and their families to select the post-secondary options that are the best fit for them. We understand that students are more likely to feel more comfortable, be persistent, be successful, and ultimately graduate if they enroll at a college that is a good fit. To this end, we help students identify three forms of “fit”: Financial, Academic and Cultural.


  • Financial Fit. We encourage students and families to consider the “cost of attendance” for college and whether or not different college choices are fiscally viable and do not rely on the student or family to take on significant debt. Our goal is that students graduate from college with minimal debt.
  • Academic Fit. We help students consider and assess whether or not a college or university’s academic profile might be a good match.
  • Cultural Fit. We encourage students to gather a variety of data points about colleges and universities to assess whether or not the schools they are considering are a good cultural fit for them through school visits, “fly-in” programs, summer programs, talking to college reps and current and former students, and research online.


Identity. We believe in meaningful engagement through the post-secondary selection process. We push students to grow their identities intentionally, discover their voices, and embrace old and new passions. The college admissions process is structured towards students owning the process while keeping parents informed.

Advocacy. We believe in teaching self-advocacy as essential to success throughout the post-secondary process. Similarly, we advocate actively on behalf of all of our students. We want the college admissions process to mirror some of the processes and challenges they will face once they are on college campuses where they will need to be able to advocate for themselves along with knowing when, where, and how to ask for help.

College & Career Center

The MWA College and Career Counseling (CCC) office is located in the Upper School. All students and families are welcome! At the CCC, students and families can get information about the following:

    • College and university admissions
    • Academic planning
    • Test preparation
    • Career exploration
    • Financial aid and scholarships
    • Summer programs
    • Internships and community service
    • Enrichment opportunities

Note to College & University Admissions Representatives: MWA welcomes admissions representative visits throughout the school year; if you would like to schedule a visit, please send an email to

School hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:05am – 3:30pm
Friday 8:05am – 2:00pm