RALSTON INTERMEDIATE

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2675 RALSTON AVE
BELMONT, CA 94002
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Phone: 650-637-4880
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Belmont-redwood Shores Elementary School District
  • Students/Teacher: 17:1
  • Students/Grade: 400
  • Number Students: 1200
  • Number Teachers: 50
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4858
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Joseph Funk
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (36 ratings)
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    School Reviews (29 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-10
    "It is a great school with excellent teachers and parents involvement. Excellent and well rounded academic and sports programs."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-31
    "Ralston isn't as bad as the other reviews say it is. I go there now as an 8th grader. About the staff, the principle, dean, vice principle, etc., were wiped out. I started sixth grade with one group of staff in which I hated them all. My second year we got a new group, and it was a huge improvement. Sadly, the principle is not there anymore so again we brought in a new one. Along with him we have two more deans (a grand total of 3 now, one for each grade). There isn't much wrong with this except for one thing. When I graduate this year and our principle gives his speech about how much we have developed as an individual, how will he know? He would only have known us since the beginning of the year. Besides this flaw, Ralston deserves more credit than it is given. We have the best PE program in CA. Also, we are involved with the community. I am in student government and we have done tons of things for our community, and even things for places halfway across the world. In fact, we were invited to We Day, the best experience of my life. No matter how much I know I want to get out of this school, I also know how much I will remember and miss of my time here."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-14
    "Ralston has a terrible AS qualification program. I have to agree with a few other posts that talk about this matter. My best friends didn't get in and they both scored higher than me on a few things. I asked the teacher if I had qualified and he/she told me that I had some of the highest scores in the school. Teachers are not supposed to tell students that. I graduated 3 years ago but my little brother tells me that these things are still going on. He knows a few people there that got in but were not in in the two years before and some people who didn't get in that were in it with high A's the two years before. The As teachers are absolutely great (with the exception of one) but the placement is bad. I understand that the school has a lot of students and they sometimes mess up with schedules but I have to say the administration does not look good. There as been four principles in the last four years and a lot of teacher changes. The school has been undergoing construction which likely dug a hole in the school's budget but they can at least put aside some money to put in some quality administrators. I'm sure there are a few gems there but at least read the students files carefully."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-06-06
    "I used to think Ralston is not a good school, as we were thinking (like some other parents) move to Palo Alto; but after 2 years experience and soul searching, we love this school. The principals are very responsive consider a large school like Ralston, some of the teachers are really good, Colt, Akin, Jay, All PE/Music teachers; The API is kept climbing. I think over time, this school will get better and better. Like every school, you will experience all different kind of students and teachers, I think such experience is valuable for my kids."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-05-16
    "I agree with other reviews, that this once excellent school has been declining over the past 5 years. The once strong administration has been replaced by a weak, unresponsive group. They do not respond to parent concerns or address issues as they come up. The math and science at this school is far below par. A couple of teachers in these departments are very poor. Students unlucky enough to have one of these teachers will experience a set back. Even with parent complaints, these issues have never been addressed. Although most students at this school are well behaved, the disrespectful and disruptive behavior of some students is never addressed by the staff or administration. With over 1000 students, safety is a concern with this lax attitude of the administration. There are a few bright spots. The instrumental music program is strong. Overall, our family has witnessed a sharp decline in the 8 years that we have had children enrolled here. With the principal leaving, our hopes are that they will find a strong replacement and finally address some of the problems with the teaching staff. With the growth (+200 students in 5 years), new and creative ideas are needed--not status quo."
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