Making Waves Academy students move into new tech-enhanced building

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Making Waves Academy students move into new tech-enhanced building
Making Waves Academy CEO Alton B. Nelson, Jr. greets students on their first day of school. (All photos by Mercedes Thomas).

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.

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Making Waves Academy students move into new tech-enhanced building
Students moved into Making Waves Academy’s new building at its 4123 Lakeside Drive campus Monday, Aug. 20.

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.

Students moved into Making Waves Academy’s new building at its 4123 Lakeside Drive campus Monday, Aug. 20.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Is this a charter school for profit or is really a cost free public school? If it is, why aren’t all public schools trending towards this forward thinking education?

  2. Charter School is a public school and it’s not for profit. It’s cost-free public school. Charter School receives funds from State and Federal as a school district. Charter School is giving students another option to pick from public school.

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