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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Making Waves Academy is a public, charter school located in Richmond, CA. It has 795 students in grades 5-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 25% of students are at least proficient in math and 44% in reading.

Making Waves Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
44%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1050
127 responses
Average ACT
16
7 responses
AP Enrollment
Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    D
Median Household Income
$64,575
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,400
National
$949
Median Home Value
$422,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Day of lights
    28%
  • Spirit Week
    18%
  • Student versus teacher events
    18%
  • Rallies
    13%
  • Tug of war challenge
    8%
  • Dance offs
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
795
Free or Reduced Lunch
86%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
23.9%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
61%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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My experience as a student at making waves academy was pretty good. There were several aspects of the school that contributed to those positive feelings. Firstly, I like that Making Waves was a small school that allowed teachers to help students effectively. The teachers and administration were very involved with there students which made it comfortable for people to approach teachers when we needed help and assistance. Secondly, the fact that parent meetings happen pretty often was good because parents are able to be up to date with school events and activities. Overall I enjoyed my years at Making Waves Academy.
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I like that my school has had some of the most dedicated teachers. These teachers were willing to help their students with everything even beyond school work. They are invested in their student's overall holistic success.

I would change, however, the fact that my school has bred an atmosphere of competition and contempt amongst the student body. This was shown when leaders in the administration often take objective reviews of the students they govern like test scores. Test scores and academic intelligence is very big to them. This has led to student feeling burnt out and restricted.
Making Waves Academy in Richmond Ca is an unbelievable experience for any student. You get in through a raffle to start fifth grade. If you have siblings who previously attended you get in automatically. If you didnt get in during that raffle, it is hard to get in after, usually, no one enters after the beginning of fifth grade. From fifth to eighth grade is middle school and ninth to twelfth grade is "upper school" aka High school. The setting at the school is great, yet the teacher retention rate is low. Many of the teachers I had are no longer there.