Award Year: 2013

Ralston Elementary School

25856 Columbine Glen Road
Golden, CO, 80401-9616

(303) 982-4386

Dawn Odean, Principal at time of Nomination

Jefferson County

School Website


Ralston Elementary embraces academic excellence. We teach and empower children to reach their personal best using the gift of a small community. Achieve. Lead. Care.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Ralston Elementary is located in the Genesee and Lookout Mountain neighborhoods of Colorado’s Front Range foothills. We currently enroll 430 students from kindergarten through 6th grade. Our school is over 50 years old with deep community roots. Ralston's dedicated teachers and administrative staff consider the small community it serves as a gift to teach and empower students to reach their personal best. Ralston is rated as a high performing school and consistently earns the prestigious John Irwin Award of Excellence, putting it in the top eight percent of Colorado schools. More than 50 percent of our students complete advanced grade-level work and our state TCAP test scores have ranked excellent since 2003. Family involvement and support is a key component to Ralston's excellence.

Our main points of pride include the following. We have master teachers who are highly qualified and our library is designated a high performing Power Library by the state. We have community partnerships and our school is enriched by our valuable parent support. An example of this is our STEM team including teachers, district content specialists, parents (scientists and engineers) who collaboratively plan and implement recommended STEM standards (from the Colorado Department of Education) in order to ensure students are inquiring, problem solving and innovative. We have integrated technology into our classrooms and learning processes, preparing our students to be collaborative 21st Century learners.