Ralston Middle School’s Science team is dedicated to promoting the learning and practicing of scientific principles and practices of our students to prepare them for science in high school, college, and beyond. We strive to create a collaborative, hands-on, integrated science curriculum that supports the needs and curiosity of all students at Ralston and fosters 21st century learning and skills.


Ralston’s Science Department is working towards building an engaging and relevant curriculum using the Next Generation Science Standards adopted by the California Department of Education in 2013. We are following the integrated model and incorporate all disciplines of science through our 6th-8th grade curriculum.


The Next Generation Science Standards can be found here.


Ralston’s science program follows the integrate California framework for the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 6-8, which leads students into Carlmont High School science program which follows the  Next Generation Science Standards for grades 9-12. Information for Carlmont’s science department and course pathways can be found here.


Ralston's science team researched and piloted several programs to ensure we will continue to provide a high quality science education for our students.  To learn more about the new curriculum we have adopted, click on the Welcome Letters to Parents / Guardians that correspond to each grade level below.


6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade


David Ortolan

Science 8

Michael Snyder

Science 7

Fleur Uptegraft

Science 6, Fun with Physics,

Stephanie Wald

Science 7

Susan Welter

Science 6