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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.


Below is the list of textbooks used in each grade level:

  • 6th Grade: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston (2007). Earth Science. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.
  • 7th Grade: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston (2007). Life Science. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.
  • 8th Grade: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston (2007). Physical Science. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.


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.

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