RALSTON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

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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: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Belmont-redwood Shores Elementary School District
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 362
  • Number Students: 1086
  • Number Teachers: 50
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5954
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Joe Funk
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  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (34 ratings)
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    School Reviews (27 Reviews)
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    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."
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    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."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-01-29
    "Ralston is a good school with some bad spots. I graduated last year and I think your experience with Ralston pretty much depends on which teachers you get. There are a lot of really great ones (Colt, Webster, all the PE teachers, Matilla, Rosas, Duncalf, Natoli, Sveda, Means, etc). But, if you get one of the bad teachers (Mugs, Frey, Lyn), that class will literally ruin your year. There is no reason why some teachers haven't been fired yet, because their classes are confusing and they don't teach. But, if you avoid them, Ralston will be a fantastic experience. There is bullying, but just as much as any other school. Ralston was an average experience for me, because the really bad teachers cancelled out the really amazing ones."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-01-18
    "My feedback is extremely positive. The school's API scores are comparable to many Palo Alto public schools and the school administration and teachers are excellent. We had my daughter transfer from Notre Dame to Ralston in 7th grade because we felt that she wasn't getting the right challenge that she was used to the Belmont Redwood Shores public school system. My daughter is in Carlmont now and she still misses her Middle School teachers a lot. Teachers like Mr Rosas are so supportive of the childrens' efforts. My son is in 7th grade now and has always been on the Prinicipal's list and continues to shine in school. The Principal, Vice Principal, Dean, Maths, Science , Music teachers are all fabulous and our family absolutely love this school. My son who is a high achieving disciplined well rounded student owes a lot to this school. So does my daughter who is a freshman in high school now."
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