The fifth and sixth graders at Making Waves Academy moved into a brand new building on Monday that features technology-enhanced classrooms, a library, science labs and open learning spaces, the school announced.
The new Middle School building created seats for an additional 150-plus students this year at the public charter school at 4123 Lakeside Dr., and is the first of several buildings and spaces set to open as part of Making Waves Academy’s campus expansion project, supported by Making Waves Foundation.
The project will expand the campus serving 5th through 12th graders by an additional 14 acres and 250,000 square feet of teaching space, a parent resource center, restorative justice spaces, a performance art space and Middle and Upper School gymnasiums, according to the academy.
By the 2025-2026 school year, the academy aims to serve 1,300 students, up from the current 950.
“Through this expansion project, more Richmond students will be able to learn at high levels, gain admission to college, graduate, and contribute to society,” Making Waves Academy CEO Alton B. Nelson, Jr. said in a statement.