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Making Waves Academy

  • Making Waves Academy
  • 4123 Lakeside Drive
  • Richmond, CA 94806
  • 510.262.1511
  • Rachel Fried
  • Director of College & Career Counseling
  • 510.854.3028

Program Description

Making Waves Academy is a thriving charter school in Richmond, California, with both Middle and Upper schools on campus. Simultaneously, we continue to fulfill our original after-school program in both Richmond and San Francisco, Making Waves Education Program. Making Waves has also established a College and Alumni Program to support our Wave-Makers throughout their college journey and beyond, as they ultimately become valuable contributors to the workforce and their communities.


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.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants



  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Morehouse College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 70%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 66%