Ralston Middle School strives to provide a nurturing environment where all students, parents, and staff pursue academic excellence and participate fully in the life of the school. The Ralston School Mission Statement, developed by staff, parents and student representatives to our School Site Council, serves as a framework for our school's goals and priorities. This spirit of partnership pervades all that we do at Ralston. Ralston's basic mission is to provide a strong instructional program that focuses on the diverse needs of middle school students. We believe that academic excellence is our most important attribute and our highest priority. We also believe that a program of excellence provides students with enrichment experiences that extend the basic curriculum.
- Black/African American: 1%
- White: 38%
- Hispanic: 11%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 31%
- Two or more races: 18%
Ralston Middle School is a high achieving, larger-sized middle school in the heart of Silicon Valley, with over 1100 students. To make it feel like a smaller school within a larger school, an administrator and counselor loop together with each class during their time at Ralston. To foster connections and address social emotional learning and needs, each morning begins with homeroom class. During this time, students participate in community circles, SEL lessons, team building, and visits from counselors.
To address the wide variety of interests that our students have, Ralston offers over thirty different electives that range from traditional electives in music and language to robotics, culinary arts, guitar, animation, and more. Sixth graders have the opportunity to sample electives through quarterly wheel classes or participate in music or academic support electives. Ralston also offers clubs before, during, and after school. Some clubs are adult-driven and led, while others are initiated and run by students with the support of a teacher or parent volunteers.
Ralston's Student Government elective classes play a significant role in leading student activities and promoting school spirit on campus. Student Government mentors and leads activities with sixth graders before school starts and each month as part of the national program WEB, Where Everybody Belongs. They help to serve breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria each day, lead campus recycling efforts, plan and facilitate lunchtime competitions, spirit days, and after school social events for all grade levels throughout the year and give back through community service and donation drives.