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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.


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.

Learn about Our New Curriculum

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

Science Teacher Directory
  Michael Bradley (650) 637-4880 ex: 1662 Science 7 and 8
  Sowmya Madabushi (650) 637-4880 Science 6
  Kelly McGrew Teacher
  David Ortolan (650) 637-4880 ex: 1663 Science 8
  Michael Snyder (650) 637-4880 ex: 1667 Science 7 and Study Skills 7
  Fleur Uptegraft (650) 637-4880 ex: 1668 Science 6, Physics, Study Skills 6
  Stephanie Wald (650) 637-4880 ex: 1661 Science 7
  Susan Welter (650) 637-4880 ex: 1665 Science 6