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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Ralston Elementary School

Grades K-6 | Golden, CO

Creating 21st-Century Citizens by Making Learning Relevant

Ralston Elementary connects learning to real-world application, allowing students to delve deeper into the content and igniting their curiosity.
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What This School Is Achieving

Girls standing listening to teacher

Ralston Elementary, a public K-6 school in Golden, Colorado, works to create 21st-century learners who know how to problem solve, and who will persevere not only in school but throughout life. The schoolwide practices of inquiry-based learning, departmentalization, and integration allow students to deep dive into content, take charge of their own learning, and apply what they learn across subjects.

  • 2013 National Blue Ribbon School
  • Top 8% of Colorado schools, ongoing winner of the John Irwin Award of Excellence
  • Excellent ranking on state TCAP test scores since 2003
Girls standing listening to teacher

How They Do It

Departmentalization and Integration: Deeper Learning for Elementary Students

Departmentalization and Integration: Deeper Learning for Elementary Students

See how Ralston Elementary teachers combine two subjects in one lesson, giving their students a deeper understanding of the content and its applied interconnectivity.

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Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven

Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven

Ralston Elementary School is creating a culture of inquiry to nourish 21st-century learners.

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