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About This School

Ralston Intermediate School is a public middle school in Belmont. The principal of Ralston Intermediate School is Jennifer Kollmann, whose e-mail is jkollmann@brssd.org. 883 students attend Ralston Intermediate School and identify as Unspecified; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 1% of the Ralston Intermediate School students have "limited English proficiency." 7% of the 883 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ralston Intermediate School is 20:1. Immaculate Heart of Mary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 9% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 57% 53%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Filipino 3% 3%
Asian 29% 23%
Hispanic 10% 8%
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 3380%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 5%
Limited English proficiency 1% 6%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    It is a great school with excellent teachers and parents involvement. Excellent and well rounded academic and sports programs.

  • (3 months ago)

    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.

  • (7 months ago)

    Last year they fired their principle who had only worked there for a year only because he was gay.

  • (10 months ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm very 'meh' about this place. Some teachers are good some are the pits. My daughter's science teacher this year is loading them with busy work (a coloring assignment for 7th graders really?) so I'm taking it upon myself to supplement her work with books/activities I'll buy on my own. If there's ever an issue with another student (bullying teasing) get out that student directory and email the other parent and cc the teacher but don't expect the faculty or administration to do a darn thing. The music program and advanced math/reading are some of the highlights. A few teachers truly shine motivating/challenging kids and keeping parents informed but there are an equal number of lemons.

  • (2 years ago)

    As with any school you get good and bad at Ralston in this case adding up to mediocre. There are a few truly excellent teachers but many of the classes are not challenging or are ineffective babysitting services. The PE program is strong. There is little sense of community and there is a lot more bullying and hazing behavior than is reported. There are bright spots teachers like Mr. Colt in English and the new Mandarin program. If your child is surrounded by a strong clique of established friends they may like the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Ralston has few good teachers the ones that were are retired and the rest are neurotic. I cant stand the mediocre teaching environment the principal is nutty and the vice and dean are unreliable. Do Not Send your kids here. I did not enjoy it at all and have since moved into a private school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated last year and I can honestly say that my experience here was terrible. I am a 4.0 student and that made no difference in the treatment. There are far too many students in such a crowded space and the new administrative staff is terrible. They do not know the kids at all and act like we are all in gangs. None of the teachers like the administrators. Overll bad.

  • (4 years ago)

    I could not disagree more with some of these positive posts. There was a complete administrative change a few years ago - new Principal new Vice Principal and new Dean. If your student is an A student then you will love this school. If your student requires any sort of help or intervention then watch out. Communication from teachers is terrible. There are no systems in place so every teacher does their own thing with grading and parent communication. Good luck trying to get a teacher to email you back in a timely way. A handful of the teachers are fantastic but many should just retire and get out of the way. This is a big school of over 800 kids and many of the mediocre teachers use that as an excuse for why they haven't done their job. This school has been a huge disappointment for our

  • (4 years ago)

    Ralston keeps impressing us everyday. Everything you want from a middle school they have. Awesome administration engaged teachers and a myriad of student personalities so everyone feels they can fit in and make friends. The sports program is top notch. It has motivated my child to become more fit and now gym is one of her favorite classes. The honors classes challenge students and encourage creativity. Overall we couldn't be happier.

  • (4 years ago)

    Ralston is a great school both our kids went there.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school feels like an extension of family. There is genuine care concern and teamwork at one of the most critical junctures of a student's life. The bridge between young child and soon to be high school student is traversed with great support by a strong team of caring dedicated participants.

  • (4 years ago)

    All my children go/went to Ralston Middle School and I have to say I couldn't be any more happier! I mean advanced or not Ralston's curriculum is very advanced. I am extremely happy with the teachers strict yet fun! And the bus is SO convenient since my husband and I are working like crazy in this economy the bus is VERY convenient for those who live anywhere in Redwood Shores. The best school for any kids! The environment there is very safe too. No hanky panky. This is by far the best! Even in the base classes the kids education is very advanced. Just ask my oldest daughter who is currently studying at Stanford!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student at Ralston Middle School and it is a great school. 5 stars from me!

  • (4 years ago)

    Ralston is an above average school with a strong parent volunteer base some excellent teachers some poor teachers and staff and a new principal who joined the school two years ago. Some teachers have been on staff for decades and do not have email. The science and math programs although taught to standards are uninspired. The strengths are with the music department and physical education where this school excels.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a fantastic school. My daughter transfered here from a private school and their experience was far below average. This school is better because they have more hands on learning and they do not have that Montessori method. Also they have lots of discipline as my child used to be a very talkative student which affected her grades when she first started this school she was very chatty because she knew alot of people there. The teachers fixed her and she is not as talkative as she used to be and she has way better grades.

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