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.
Address the disparity in educational opportunity that exists between suburban and urban youths.
70% of our students will earn an appropriately challenging post-secondary degree, graduating with minimal college debt.
During the 2013-14 school year, as part of the WASC Accreditation renewal process, the Making Waves Academy community went through an inclusive process of revisiting and refining the school’s Core Values. Participation in this process included students, parents, faculty/staff, administrators, School Site Council members and Board members. The result of the process is that the twelve original values were condensed to five values. Various constituent groups discussed, among other things, how and if specific values could be or were embedded within one another. The revised five MWA Core Values are as follows:
We combine our intellect and critical thinking to support each other and make healthy choices for ourselves and positive changes in our community.
We are agents of change, who, through hard work and perseverance, have the power to define ourselves and to control our destiny.
We believe each person is valuable and we demonstrate respect by following our community norms.
We have integrity; we are accountable for our decisions and actions and their impact on self and community.
We are life-long learners who aspire to and achieve academic excellence.
Teachers and staff at Making Waves Academy receive a benefits and compensation package that is nearly unparalleled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Highlights include:
COLA Stipend – Making Waves Academy offers a significant COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) stipend (in addition to competitive base salaries) for all full-time employees, intended to help employees supplement income to address Bay Area housing costs, student debt, and/or child care.
Medical Benefits – Our medical benefits include full coverage (medical, dental, vision, and chiropractic & acupuncture) for you and a spouse/domestic partner OR you and any number of children/dependents.
Retirement Benefits – We offer retirement benefits (CalSTRS for instructional staff and an elective 403(b) matching program for non-instructional staff).
Tuition Assistance Program – MWA offers tuition assistance for employees taking college courses in pursuit of additional advanced degrees (employees are eligible after two years of service with MWA).
Tenure Bonuses – MWA employees are eligible to receive bonuses after 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 years of service.
Employee Children Education: Children of full-time MWA faculty and staff will be moved to the front of the lottery list for 5th-8th grades.