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Richmond, CA
Students enrolled: 496
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4123 Lakeside Drive
Richmond, CA 94806

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(510) 262-1511
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March 03, 2015
A school focused purely on testing. The administration here acts as though students are somehow thrilled to hear about school data on a weekly basis, and even more excited to have it presented in a dry and unmeaningful way. Students only seem to be rewarded or acknowledged by the school when they ve done well academically and that s it. This has created a slew of problems regarding school culture. (An unbelievable amount of bullying goes on here.) I don t think I ve ever seen admin genuinely take the time to get to know their students.

- submitted by a teacher

January 10, 2015
The lack of creativity present in school curriculum perpetuates a stagnant learning environment. Non-diverse student population would benefit from a wider curriculum worldview in which to help them see the world. Slippery discipline structure for repeated infractions. I think the students enjoy being sent to the deans because they get a one on one counseling session instead of deserved consequences for bad behavior. Too much emphasis on dress code infractions, rather than creating a solid discipline plan to help support a safe environment for teachers and students. Teachers come and go at a rapid rate which is very destabilizing for the students. Extra stars go out to the mostly lovely, polite, talented and smart students there.

- submitted by a teacher

October 30, 2013
I had two graduates from the MWEP who went on to a Four Year. I fought for this school to be opened. However, I was very disappointed in my experience with my younger sons enrollment there. I pulled him out and he's doing great where he is now. You cannot compare this school to the Ed program! These are two completely different programs. The staff at the Ed program were able to take a personal interest in the children lives. That alone saved lives and encouraged the student to work hard. They also worked very close with parents on a regular basis. The support the Ed program offers will never be duplicated here at MWA. The school is cold and no opportunities for parents to get involved other than the mandatory meetings. It has been said that children are treated differently according to race. Though i did not personally experience this i did notice it when prompted to. The school has a great idea however i wouldn't send my child until they first achieve what they are working for. It's so sad that the Ed program is due to close. This program worked wonders with our Richmond children. I'm afraid we will never see what MWEP was able to accomplish in our community again.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2013
This school is completely unstable and treats it's teachers horribly! It's a bad environment for the teaching staff, they are overworked, under appreciated, and not acknowledged for their hard work. This translates into the over all environment.

- submitted by a community member

August 05, 2013
The staff at this school is a revolving door. They get good quality teachers who work very hard from what I can see. Then they leave after a year and some in the middle of the year. I see this as a big problem with an administration that can't keep it's staff stable. I am pulling my child because there is no stability here.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2013
I would not recommend MWA. The students are there for more than 11 hours a day which lowers moral and academic stamina. One would think with such a long day, test scores would be high, they are not. They do not use the time appropriately and focus on less important things, like if your students shoe laces are the correct color. The teacher turnover rate is also very high, in my opinion the good teachers realize how awful they treat the children then quit. The children that attend call it "Making Slaves", this organization has lost its way and seems to no longer serve children, but corporations for profit. I regret sending my child to this school, do not make the same mistake.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2013
This school is great! They have drills to have the students practice and learn what to do in a emergency. So I know that my daughter is safe!

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2012
MWA has many strengths, but a positive and stable culture is not one of them. We have high turnover year after year, both voluntary and involuntary, and it has nothing to do with the long hours, which we all knew about going in, or the students and parents, who are wonderful. The resulting chaos is extremely detrimental to the kids, especially the ones whose only source of stability is school. Several teachers with good results and strong rapport with the students were fired recently, without being given a reason. What kind of message does that send to the kids and to other hard working and dedicated teachers?

- submitted by a teacher

May 21, 2012
I am a teacher at Making Waves Academy, and have had to witness my colleagues being fired without reason, administration bullying teachers, poor leadership, and over priced consultants. The students are taught by the test, for the test, and nothing else. All that matters is the test. Students must attend Saturday School to prepare for... the test. Nothing matters except how students test on the STAR test. We are caring, professional teachers, but we are prevented from doing our job by a lack of leadership and a lack of support.

- submitted by a teacher

January 18, 2012
I have a daughter in this school, its her first year and so far we love it!! I see the difference in this school than a public school,the teachers and parents and even staff are more involved!.I feel my daughter is safe and is learning. I email her teacher at least once a month , and she is really fast in replying.She lets me know if my daughter need help or is turning in work on time.They have very long hours 8am to 6 pm!!! She gets home exausted, but i ratter have her in school than sitting on the couch or on the streets. But thats my opinion I highly recomend this school!

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2011
My daughter is in this school and its rating is very low and asked for help for my daughter to raise grades and nothing to help me and asked to speak with the director and she is never available to me personally and had a bad experience in this is making waves school

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2011
i have no rating, but I do want to say to those saying there are no graduates, how much do you actually know about the school. FYI the school was created in the tradition of the Making Waves Education PROGRAM, which has a large number of graduates attending some very prestigious 4 year Universities (Harvard, Tufts, UCB, Stanford and USC amongst many others.) So the hope is that in the tradition of the program which came before this school, its graduates will achieve the same goal that the MWEP students achieved.

- submitted by a community member

January 14, 2011
Again, how can you say that 90% of the graduates go to college? It is a newly created middle school. None of its students have even reached college age! NONE Of its graduates have gone to college because there have been NO GRADUATES!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member

January 13, 2011
Making Waves Academy is a great school for children in the Richmond area. Actually the statement is accurate because Making Waves is also an education program (MWEP). 90% of the graduates from the education program have been accepted into 4-year colleges and universities.

- submitted by a community member

October 12, 2010
, I do not think it is accurate to say that 90% of its graduates go on to four year colleges. None of its graduates have gone onto four year colleges because there have been no graduates. This school has been in existence for only a few years and the oldest students are now in 8th grade

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 21, 2010
It is a safe place for learning and growing! 90% of high school graduates from this program are accepted to 4-year colleges!

- submitted by a community member

July 08, 2008
Making Waves Academy has offered an excelent academic program to my 5th grader. The teacher's, administrators and other staff are all on the same page and are very dedicated to the goals of the school. This school is a great assest to the community of Richmond.

- submitted by a parent

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Making Waves Academy
4123 Lakeside Drive, Richmond, CA  94806
(510) 262-1511
Last modified Making Waves Academy is a Charter school that serves grades 5-11. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Making Waves Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top