Ralston Elementary School

Public K-5

 25856 Columbine Glen
       Golden, CO  80401-9616


(303) 982-4386

District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1

SchoolDigger Rank:
21st of 921 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,517 Help

Students who attend Ralston Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Bell Middle School
High:    Golden High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.5
Number of students:  268

Racial breakdown:

White:
87.3%
Hispanic:
4.9%
Two or more races:
4.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  4.9%

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Compare Details Ralston Elementary School ranks better than 97.7% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 5th among 97 ranked elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.75. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (87.3%), Hispanic (4.9%), two or more races (4.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 4.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ralston Elementary School is 16.5. 69 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ralston Elementary School is $11,517, which is the 37th highest among 97 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1.
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

Ralston Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Ralston Elementary School 21st of 921 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Ralston Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Jefferson County School District No. R-1:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County School District No. R-1 28th of 102 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ralston Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 89.21 47th 808 94.2%
2005 90.71 33rd 823 96.0%
2006 90.81 37th 829 95.5%
2007 91.22 31st 852 96.4%
2008 90.57 39th 849 95.4%
2009 93.02 21st 872 97.6%
2010 92.68 27th 925 97.1%
2011 93.61 16th 935 98.3%
2012 94.48 12th 935 98.7%
2013 93.71 25th 954 97.4%
2014 93.72 25th 962 97.4%
2015 93.74 45th 938 95.2%
2016 91.09 60th 914 93.4%
2017 94.72 31st 929 96.7%
2018 96.76 17th 917 98.1%
2019 97.38 13th 965 98.7%
2021 89.83 64th 710 91.0%
2022 95.75 21st 921 97.7%

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Open Quote Ralston may be a great school for your child if they fit inside the box. If they have special needs and no IEP, they will not get the help they need (and even with an IEP it's questionable). They simply don't know how, nor have the resources. Poor leadership over the past few years has resulted in many families leaving the school. Unfortunately, district leadership has supported this poor leadership. There are a few good teachers at Ralston, and its unfortunate they have pushed so many families away (with and without with special needs.) Close Quote



Enrollment information for Ralston Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 317 1 5 4 0 n/a n/a 0 327
1989 375 1 3 6 1 n/a n/a 0 386
1990 366 0 5 6 0 n/a n/a 0 377
1991 395 3 6 5 1 n/a n/a 0 410
1992 388 2 9 1 1 n/a n/a 0 401
1993 407 0 9 0 0 n/a n/a 0 416
1994 403 1 10 3 0 n/a n/a 0 417
1995 409 2 8 7 1 n/a n/a 0 427
1996 409 2 8 7 1 n/a n/a 0 427
1997 421 0 7 5 1 n/a n/a 0 434
1998 440 1 5 4 1 n/a n/a 0 451
1999 430 2 7 8 0 n/a n/a 0 447
2000 429 2 9 13 1 n/a n/a 0 454
2001 415 2 13 10 1 n/a n/a 0 441
2002 385 1 16 9 2 n/a n/a 0 413
2003 385 1 16 9 2 n/a n/a 0 413
2004 356 1 16 11 4 n/a n/a 0 388
2005 330 1 15 10 2 n/a n/a 0 358
2006 336 0 16 5 0 n/a n/a 0 357
2007 324 0 15 9 0 n/a n/a 0 348
2008 291 0 13 8 0 n/a n/a 0 312
2009 306 0 17 9 1 n/a n/a 0 333
2010 305 0 15 9 2 n/a n/a 0 331
2011 332 0 11 18 0 2 17 0 380
2012 344 1 14 20 1 2 21 0 403
2013 364 4 14 21 0 2 21 0 426
2014 337 3 12 17 0 2 19 0 390
2015 337 4 12 19 1 0 20 0 393
2016 323 5 7 10 1 0 12 0 358
2017 303 5 12 15 1 0 16 0 352
2018 283 6 7 12 1 0 16 0 325
2019 246 3 4 15 0 0 19 0 287
2020 234 4 4 16 0 0 17 0 275
2021 234 5 3 13 0 0 13 0 268

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Ralston Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 327 14.3 22.8 n/a
1989 386 17.3 22.3 1
1990 377 17.1 22.0 1.1
1991 410 17.6 23.2 0.2
1992 401 18.8 21.3 1
1993 416 17.9 23.2 0.2
1994 417 17.2 24.2 1
1995 427 18.6 23.0 1.4
1996 427 18.6 23.0 1.4
1997 434 19.8 21.9 0.5
1998 451 20.1 22.4 0.4
1999 447 20.3 22.0 0.4
2000 454 19.3 23.5 0.7
2001 441 22.0 20.0 1.4
2002 413 23.3 17.7 1
2003 413 23.3 17.7 1
2004 388 23.3 16.7 1.3
2005 358 20.4 17.5 2.2
2006 357 19.6 18.2 2
2007 348 19.2 18.1 1.7
2008 312 19.0 16.4 2.6
2009 333 20.7 16.1 2.7
2010 331 18.8 17.5 2.7
2011 380 19.4 19.4 3.7
2012 403 19.9 20.1 3.7
2013 426 19.9 21.3 4.7
2014 390 20.6 18.8 3.8
2015 393 21.0 18.7 2.5
2016 358 22.0 16.2 2.8
2017 352 21.7 16.1 4
2018 325 17.6 18.4 4.3
2019 287 16.2 17.6 3.5
2020 275 16.1 16.9 3.3
2021 268 16.2 16.5 4.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Ralston Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 327 14.3 22.8 n/a
1989 386 17.3 22.3 1
1990 377 17.1 22.0 1.1
1991 410 17.6 23.2 0.2
1992 401 18.8 21.3 1
1993 416 17.9 23.2 0.2
1994 417 17.2 24.2 1
1995 427 18.6 23.0 1.4
1996 427 18.6 23.0 1.4
1997 434 19.8 21.9 0.5
1998 451 20.1 22.4 0.4
1999 447 20.3 22.0 0.4
2000 454 19.3 23.5 0.7
2001 441 22.0 20.0 1.4
2002 413 23.3 17.7 1
2003 413 23.3 17.7 1
2004 388 23.3 16.7 1.3
2005 358 20.4 17.5 2.2
2006 357 19.6 18.2 2
2007 348 19.2 18.1 1.7
2008 312 19.0 16.4 2.6
2009 333 20.7 16.1 2.7
2010 331 18.8 17.5 2.7
2011 380 19.4 19.4 3.7
2012 403 19.9 20.1 3.7
2013 426 19.9 21.3 4.7
2014 390 20.6 18.8 3.8
2015 393 21.0 18.7 2.5
2016 358 22.0 16.2 2.8
2017 352 21.7 16.1 4
2018 325 17.6 18.4 4.3
2019 287 16.2 17.6 3.5
2020 275 16.1 16.9 3.3
2021 268 16.2 16.5 4.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Ralston Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $313 (2.7%) $11,204 (97.3%) $11,517

Data source: Colorado Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Ralston Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 13th of 965 Elementary schoolsRanks 21st of 921 Elementary schools
 0.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ralston Elementary School)7665.1
 10.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)46.347.9
 1.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)41.340.7
 0.6%
3rd Grade Math (Ralston Elementary School)7874.4
 3.6%
   3rd Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)45.747.4
 1.7%
   3rd Grade Math (Colorado)4139.4
 1.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ralston Elementary School)80.475.6
 4.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)5653.4
 2.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)4844.1
 3.9%
4th Grade Math (Ralston Elementary School)73.966.7
 7.2%
   4th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)38.538
 0.5%
   4th Grade Math (Colorado)33.630.7
 2.9%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Ralston Elementary School)80.786.1
 5.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)53.653.3
 0.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)48.445.4
 3%
5th Grade Math (Ralston Elementary School)78.991.4
 12.5%
   5th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.439.4
   5th Grade Math (Colorado)35.734.9
 0.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Ralston Elementary School)79.175
 4.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)51.750.2
 1.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Colorado)45.843.2
 2.6%
All Grades Math (Ralston Elementary School)77.176.4
 0.7%
   All Grades Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.837.4
 2.4%
   All Grades Math (Colorado)34.731.5
 3.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students287268
 6.6%
African American35
 66.7%
American Indian00
Asian43
 25%
Hispanic1513
 13.3%
Pacific Islander00
Two or More Races1913
 31.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients3.5%4.9%
 1.4%




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Colorado Department of Education. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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