The WAVE Program is coming in 2024! 

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Calling all Swimmers!! 

2024 MathMates Begin One Week Run

The Wave Program Summer Camp season has officially begun! On Monday, June 3, at Robert Down Elementary School, over 50 Forest Grove and RHD student were in attendance and taking part in the MathMates program that is in its third year.

MathMates founder, Cristopher Rosas, a former PGHS Alumni who now attends Harvard University, is leading the week-long four-hour daily program that helps kids learn to like math by making it fun!

Harvard student Zoey Shleifer leads her group in MathMates!

MathMates moved class outside on Tues., June 4, to take advantage of some sun and fun!

MathMates Leader Cristopher Rosas leads his group in a fun math game called "Young Einstein."

Two unidentified girls become fast friends during the 2024 MathMates!

This sign says it all by one student attending MathMates at Robert Down Elementary School.

WaveWriters Location Announced for TWP

The location to hold both the MathMates and WaveWriters programs has been announced according thewaveprogram director Darryl Smith.

Both MathMates and WaveWriters will be located at Robert Down Elementary School in the BASRP room. Time for both programs run from 9 a.m.-1p.m.

The MathMates program starts Mon., June 3, and runs until Fri., June 7. The WaveWriters program will take place beginning Mon., June 24, and conclude on Thurs., June 27.

Every student attending these two programs will receive a backpack and WAVE T-Shirt, also all supplies needed for each program. Each student needs to bring a sack lunch, some snacks and water for each day.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact thewaveprogram at (408) 960-5194. It’s gonna be a great summer!

Leadership Registration Now Open!

The Leadership Program at thewaveprogram is now accepting registration for students entering the 8th Grade in the fall of 2024! Click the image at right to sign up today!

TWP Donation Payment

Registration for the Seventh Wave Program begins on Feb. 1, 2024. If you are going to make a donation, please do so at the time of registration. Thank you!

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The Wave Program
1160 Seaview Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA

What is The Wave Program?

The Wave Program is a two-week summer day camp for girls and boys going into 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade. We aim to provide an active, healthy, positive camp environment that sparks interest in team and individual sports and the arts electives offered at Pacific Grove High School.

Major Components of thewaveprogram:

  • Instruction in athletic skills and fundamentals.
  • Introduction to the arts in dance, art, and culinary classes.
  • Discussions about general fitness, health, and nutrition.
  • Swim Lessons.

Click the picture above to register your child today!

Requirements to attend the WAVE program:

  • You must be entering 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th grade in the fall of 2024.
  • You must attend Forest Grove or Robert Down Elementary, or Pacific Grove Middle School.
  • Or, if you live in The PGUSD boundaries.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • June 28, 2023 - Parent Orientation at 6:30 in the PGHS Gymnasium. 
  • Dates for TWP - July 8 through July 18, 2024 
  • TWP is in session Monday through Thursday for two weeks. TWP will not be in session on Friday.

The Seventh Summer of thewaveprogram (TWP) Starts July 8!

Camp Dates, Times and Location!

  • Drop-off time is 8:45 a.m. each day of camp!
  • Week #1: July 8-11, 2024 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Week #2: July 15-18, 2024 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Camp is held on the campus of PGHS

Last Year at TWP (2023 Camp):

  • 262 kids (5th, 6th and 7th grade) participated!
  • Over 100 high school athletes volunteered!  
  • An estimated 40 Pacific Grove employees gave their time to working with the campers!

Every Kid Can Attend The Wave Program

  • The registration for all kids includes a $125 donation per family.  If you are going to make a donation, please do so at the time of registration. Thank you!
  • All kids who attend PGUSD or live in those school boundaries can also register for a scholarship. If you apply for a scholarship, you will receive a scholarship. 

Campers gather for last minute instructions at the beginning of the day before heading off in groups 

If you cannot afford the $125 donation, please apply for a SCHOLARSHIP for your child. No one will be turned away.

Because there is more to life and strong communities than revenue. Parents are working so hard in today’s world, and we want to help them with the immense job of growing good citizens. Raising kids is expensive! From the tee-shirts and poster boards needed for class projects, to the school buses that teachers must raise money for in order to take a field trip, everything carries a cost. 

By making the WAVE program available to all with a donation or through scholarship, we embrace the spirit of Pacific Grove, where we cherish a simpler way of life, and where “community” is not just a buzzword or marketing slogan but something most of us try to practice every day. Our camp is available to kids at EVERY socioeconomic level, so that those who thus far haven’t been exposed to expensive lessons and camps can have access to these activities along with their classmates from wealthier homes. It’s an investment in all our kids and in the future of Pacific Grove.


Campers learning the the finer points of volleyball in the PGHS Gym


Playing a game of Spikeball

Robotics Coming to thewaveprogram of Pacific Grove This Summer!

TWP announces Robotics to the summer of 2024 of activities. The program will be run by Sandra Varajic and Heather Peterson. FUN at thewaveprogram!

Sandra Varajic has been an educator for 18 years at the elementary, middle, high school and university levels. Most recently, she was the integration and innovation technology specialist at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Georgia and is a Director of STEAM and Innovation at a local school. Sandra leads the development and implementation of STEAM and robotics programming at local schools, including PGUSD as a parent and volunteer. She is a board member part of three nonprofits that focus on equity, diversity and inclusion opportunities in STEAM and robotics.

She holds a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta and an M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and a Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership from Walden University in Minnesota.

Sandra and her husband Admir live in Pacific Grove and have 3 children in the PGUSD school district - Tavi, Aila and Zain.

Heather Petersen has been an Operations Manager for a team at Compass, The One Group, in San Diego since 2019 and has enjoyed working virtually the last few years. Heather began her personal involvement with robotics as a parent volunteer with the Carlsbad Educational Foundation post COVID and found a need for more robotics and STEAM opportunities for students in San Diego. From there, Heather coached a 4th & 5th grade team to win the CORE Values award at their Regional Competition and was hired as the Robotics Site Coordinator with CEF. The love of robotics skill building, team energy and student collaboration continued with the move here to Monterey with her husband, Daniel; 2 sons, Ryder and Landon and their pup, Ace.

After volunteering with Sandra and the FG students in 2022, Heather volunteered and coached the PGMS, FG and RD school teams - 16 in all during the 2023-24 school year. After an incredible robotics season and 2 competitions, we are looking to keep the momentum going and offer robotics and STEAM programming at local schools, camps and collaborating with NPS to offer more student opportunities in STEAM and robotics. Heather holds a BS in Communications and Marketing from Old Dominion University in Virginia.

Registration for Wave Writers Opens on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Wave Writers Camp will be run by Senior Standout Student-Athlete Hailie Atkinson. Thewaveprogram of Pacific Grove announces the 5th annual Wave Writers for the summer of 2024.

Wave Writers is for all incoming 4th and 5th graders heading into the Fall of 2024. The Wave Writers camp will run from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., daily starting Monday, June 24 through Thursday June 27. The location of this program is yet to be determined.

Hailie is a member of the Breaker Girls Dance Team, President of the Young Writers Club, and is an accomplished singer, musician, and aspiring actress.

Hailie is a published poet with Just Poetry Anthology, Scheherazade Magazine, and a winner of the Elliot Rushowitz-Roberts Poetry Award for Monterey County.

Hailie will be attending the University of California, Berkeley. She will major in English.

Your student must either attend Forest Grove or Robert Down or be a Pacific Grove resident.

Wave Writers is FREE. If you would like to make a $25 donation, you are welcome to do so.

Sign your child up today for Wave Writers... Go to the Wave Writers page on our website!

Registration for MathMates Opens on Friday, April 5, 2024

Thewaveprogram of Pacific Grove welcomes home Christopher Rosas, Founder and leader of MathMates for the summer of 2024. Christopher was a standout student-athlete at Pacific Grove High School.

Christopher graduated from PGHS as valedictorian in 2022. He accepted an academic scholarship to Harvard University that same summer, where he studies Applied Math. Christopher developed MathMates in 2021.

Christopher is a brilliant young man and an outstanding teacher and role model for all of our PG youth! He makes math fun!

The program is set for June 3-7, from 9:00AM to 1:00PM at a site to be determined. Math Mates is for ambitious PG students entering the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in the fall of 2024.

Sign your child up today for MathMates... Click HERE to go to the Math Mates page on our website!

The Wave Program Teachers & Coaches

The Wave Program is a unique experience for the youth of Pacific Grove because it gives them the opportunity to meet, interact, and learn from the Coaches and Teachers that are Head Coaches and Teachers at Pacific Grove High School. These Teachers and Coaches are invested in this community and its student/athletes. Our coaches and teachers are instrumental leaders in motivating young people and helping them become self-starters. They teach self-discipline, good habits, and the value of setting goals. They are experts at creating expectations in a positive climate that our campers value. Our staff teaches with praise and encouragement. They are awesome leaders and they embrace their roles as motivators. These coaches and teachers are the backbone of the Wave Program.

Click HERE to view the staff that run thewaveprogram.

Dan Powers teaching basketball

PGHS Basketball Coach Dan Power speaks to campers in the gym

Art (Matt Kelly)

Basketball (Dan Power)

Baseball (Craig Bell/Brad Bogan)

Boxing (Masha Cavazos)

Cheerleading (TBA)

Cheerleading (Arthur Smith)

Dance (Tatum Madrid)

Football (Jeff Gray)

Health, Nutrition & Fitness (Donna O'Donnell-Smith

Lacrosse (Robbie Madrid)

Soccer (Brian O'Donnell)

Softball (Sal Lucido)

Swimming (Mark Temple)

Tennis (Donna O'Donnell-Smith)

Track and Field (Steve Jordan)

Volleyball (Kyle Mountain)

Water Polo (Casey Lyons)

Wrestling (Travis Selfridge)

Declan Ryan (at right), the first student ever to register for thewaveprogram! Dylan MacLaren (on left) former Pacific Grove student/Athlete and current Camp leader. Josh Hattori one of the over 1,500 Pacific Grove kids to participate in TWP over the last 5 years!

The WAVE Program Parent Information

DROP OFF: Drop off begins at 8:45 and PLEASE pick your camper no later than 3:45.

DROP OFF: We encourage kids to ride their bikes or walk with a friend or friends to TWP. If you will be dropping your child off, please do so at the PGHS parking lot on Sunset Drive. 

GEAR: Each child will receive a backpack and camp t-shirts.

SWIMMING: You are responsible for an appropriate swimsuit, towel, and a plastic bag to place suit and towel in after swimming. There is a compartment in the backpack for this. Please bring your own goggles. We are trying not to share any equipment. 

LUNCH: Please pack a lunch for your child, the kids will stay in their cohorts for lunch. Please bring your own water bottle. 

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: This activity is during Week 1, we encourage you to send a glove with your child.

Wave Writers Sign-Up Coming in Spring 2024

The WAVE Writers program, which is entering its fourth year in 2024, is for kids who are going into 4th grade. You must live in Pacific Grove or go to PGUSD schools.

This is a free, half-day, week-long creative writing summer camp is being offered to rising fourth graders who attend Forest Grove or Robert Down or who reside in Pacific Grove. This class will offer the kids the opportunity to write short stories, craft poetry and learn to express themselves in writing.

The Wave Writers program registration and scheduled dates for this year (2024) will be determined at a later date in the spring.

Darryl Smith speaks with Wave Writer campers.

The Sixth Wave Program in Pictures

Below are pictures from the  Sixth Annual Wave Program summer camp hekd July 10-24, 2023.

Indoor games inside the PGHS Gym - Cribbage!

Campers on the move between classes at TWP summer camp heid at PGHS

Lacrosse throwing on the football field

TWP program is a great way for the kids to make new friends!

A group of girls work on their punching skills during the boxing portion of camp.

Two unidentified girls work on their throwing technique during a softball session at The Wave Program Summer Camp

Girls at TWP work on their dance moves under the direction of PGHS Dance team instructor Tatum Madrid

Volunteer for Community Service Hours at TWP!

To volunteer at thewaveprogram of Pacific grove here is what you need to do.

1) You have to have completed your Freshman year at PGHS.all Freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for Community service hours. 

2) You need to play a sport at PGHS. 

3) Contact the coach of the WAVE Sport you would like to volunteer for to see if they would like you to volunteer this summer.

The Wave Program Expectations


We want all kids to be involved with every activity, always, that’s what it is all about! At The Wave Program do the best you can EVERYDAY and have fun.


Be on time, learn, and give your best effort! We would like you to have 100 percent attendance! 

Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is a little thing that can take you a long way. Be respectful, be kind, and be helpful. Your enthusiasm will make The Wave Program a great place to be. Please have the attitude of gratitude!

2024 Camp Activities

Basketball ● Baseball/Softball ● Boxing ● Volleyball ● Football ● Soccer ● Lacrosse ● Tennis ● Wrestling

Culinary ● Water Polo ● Track & Field ● Swim Lessons ● Games ● Dance ● Cheerleading ● Robotics

Contact Information

Phone: (408) 960-5194
Address: 1160 Seaview Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

What is the WAVE Program?

The Wave Program is a two-week summer day camp for girls and boys going into 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade. We aim to provide an active, healthy, positive camp environment that sparks interest in team and individual sports and the arts electives offered at Pacific Grove High School.