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Upper School Campus Life & Holistic Support

Historically, we have always implemented a holistic model approach to supporting student success. The majority of Making Waves Academy’s (MWA) resource allocation can be characterized as a focus on “teaching and learning”. And, a significant portion of resources are allocated to a variety of services, personnel, or programs aimed to support students in a variety of other ways. This section provides information on the ways MWA supports the whole student.

Campus Life

Making Waves Academy (MWA) focuses the attention of all faculty and staff on academic achievement for all students. To this end, various levels of MWA faculty, staff, administrator, and service provider time is spent on identifying ways to address and support student achievement and social-emotional development for all students.


All upper school students are assigned an Advisory group to participate in with a faculty advisor. Advisory meets daily and during it, students hear school announcements, engage in curriculum on a variety of life and college-preparatory topics, and receive regularly scheduled grade checks for each of their courses. Students can also go to their advisors for general support on a range of issues.


Upper school clubs allow students to practice leadership and advocacy. Faculty/staff advisors support club leaders as they take on and accomplish goals for the club. The active clubs for the 2018-2019 school year were:

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Club
  • Art Club
  • Associated Student Body
  • Baseball Fan Club
  • Black Student Union
  • Brain and Psychology Club
  • Cinema Club
  • Coding Club
  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
  • Girls’ Olympic Weightlifting
  • Intramural Club
  • Journalism & Media Club
  • Junior Committee
  • Kiwin’s
  • Life Hacks
  • Maker Club
  • Music Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Sangre Latina
  • Senior Committee
  • Sophomore Committee
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Yearbook Club

Mental Health

MWA has provided mental health support for students by licensed and experienced clinicians since its founding. At Making Waves Academy, mental health services are administered by a long-time service provider and takes the following forms:

  • Individual Counseling. Students identified as needing one-on-one support are seen by a licensed clinician for a specified number of sessions. If warranted, additional sessions can be added. Students are also able to receive support from our full-time social worker.
  • Group Counseling. Students also have the opportunity to participate in topical support groups to share and discuss common issues and concerns with their peers under the guidance of a licensed professional counselor.


Making Waves Academy (MWA) adheres to and practices healthy meals and snack offerings throughout the day for breakfast, lunch, and breaks.

Restorative Justice and School Discipline

Making Waves Academy (MWA) adheres to a discipline system based on immediate logical consequences as well as opportunities to reflect on infractions of the student code of conduct. Deans are trained on strategies to help students reflect upon and assess whether their actions are aligned with their life goals.


Transportation is provided for a large portion of families. Three buses pick up students in the morning as well as take them home in the afternoon after the Core Day has ended at 3:30 pm. Students apply for spots on the bus and priority is given to Middle School students and siblings. Buses pick up and drop off students at a variety of stops throughout Richmond, San Pablo, and West Contra Costa County. Currently there is no fee charged to students who ride the bus.