We have two children in Ralston and have been very pleased overall. We did a lot of research before deciding on a school. We chose Ralston based on its ratings on 4 different websites, and its overall educational scores. The final decision was made after we visited several other local schools and felt very comfortable and welcomed at Ralston. The only negative experience we've had is that a few of the teachers seem a little worn out. One teacher in particular almost caused us to leave the school, but the administration is so strong, so involved, and extremely vested in the educational aspect of the students that it made up for one or two teachers that miss the mark in the area of caring and sensitivity. The PTA is strong, and many of the parents stay closely involved. There is a slight air of superiority among some parental cliques, but if you're there for your child's education, and not your own social needs, then Ralston is the right choice. Overall we're very glad we found Ralston. We plan on keeping our children there until their natural attrition into middle school.
Mrs. Q, YOU are the best! along with all of your staff- My kids came from an affluent 'private school' and thank god I took them out & we found Ralston. It has made our transition so nice. My kids are doing very well & getting the extra attention they need for their special needs. Didn't get that in private school. See you next year! and after that and after that, etc. =)
I have two kids in Ralston, a 1st grader and a 3rd grader. They are doing very well there, and are clearly learning a lot. My 8 y.o. surprises us constantly with her rapidly increasing vocabulary and writing skills, and my 6y.o. is very happy and enjoys school. We experimented with another Denver school with a bilingual program and put them in it to have them learn Spanish, but it immediatly became clear that they were not concerned with quality education, only numbers of students, socialization, integration. We put them right back in Ralston and won't be taking them out again. The principal is wonderful, and ALL of the teachers are excellent.