Ralston valley high school
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Ralston Valley is a comprehensive high school located in Arvada, Colorado. Offering a full complement of courses, with complete Honors and Advanced Placement programs, Ralston Valley has earned the highest rating given by the Colorado Dept. of Education every year since its opening. RV also features outstanding athletic and activity programs, with numerous state championships and award winning band, choir, art, and drama programs. Come take a closer look at what makes Ralston Valley a premier Colorado high school.
This video was created in 2020. Updated information for statistics mentioned (# of AP classes, SAT scores) is available below.
tradition of excellence
OVER $10 MILLION = TYPICAL SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS AWARDED ANNUALLY TO RVHS STUDENTS FOR THEIR EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMICS, ATHLETICS, & THE ARTS.
Ralston Valley has been awarded the John Irwin School of Excellence Award every year since the program's inception.
US News & World Report - Top High School
11 Honors Courses & 25 AP Courses
70-75% of AP students score 3 or higher on AP Exams
RVHS average SAT score typically exceeds Colorado and Jeffco SAT averages by over 100 Points
RVHS Percentile Score on PSAT/SAT - 93.6% (US News & World Report)
RVHS World Language Department has received the CLEAR Award (Colorado Language Excellence & Achievement Recognition) for the last 4 years.
Ralston Valley is the only high school French program in Colorado to be recognized for Exemplary Performance by the American Association of Teachers of French.
Over 30 Individual & Team State Championships
Over 150 Jeffco League Championships
Winner of Steinmark Trophy 20 of the past 22 years. The Steinmark Trophy is awarded to Jefferson County’s most successful overall sports program.
ARTS & MUSIC
Performances in Italy (2015)
Nine performances in Orlando
Chamber Orchestra, Shades of Blue, & Sapphire - Selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Conference multiple times.
Chamber orchestra was selected as a State participant in 2020
RVHS Musicals have won three Bobby G Awards
RVHS Student Artists are routinely recognized at the state and national level.
Endorsements & Concurrent Enrollment options
Ralston Valley's Engineering program is one of only 8 in Jefferson County that allows students to graduate with a State of Colorado STEM-Endorsement on their diplomas.
Ralston Valley's World Language Department enables students to graduate with a State of Colorado Seal of Biliteracy on their diplomas.
CU Suceed Gold Concurrent Enrollment Program - The CU Succeed Gold program offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. RVHS offers Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry and Inferential Probability & Statistics through the CU Succeed program. All courses grades appear on the RVHS transcript and will also receive a CU-Denver transcript.
English 121/122, Digital Photography, and Workplace Experience courses offer concurrent enrollment credit through Red Rocks Community College.
DIVERSE ELECTIVE COURSE OFFERINGS
Concert Band Symphonic
Concert Band Winds
Advanced Mixed Choir
Chorus - Tenor/Bass
Chorus - Treble
Chorus - Treble Advanced
Vocal Ensemble Select
AP Music Theory
Survey of Rock / Music Appreciation
Acting/Performance - Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
Stagecraft I & II
Drawing- Intro, Intermediate, Advanced
Painting - Intro, Intermediate, Advanced
Ceramics - Intro, Intermediate, Advanced
Jewelry - Intro, Intermediate, Advanced
Digital Photography - Intro, Intermediate, Advanced
AP 2-D Art & Design
AP 3-D Art & Design
AP Art History
Intro to Business
Intro to PC Applications
Principles of Marketing
Coding I and II
Computer Science Foundations
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science A
Engineering III/Architectural Design
Anatomy & Physiology
Family and Consumer Sciences
Baking & Pastry
Child & Adolescent Development
Fashion Design & Merchandising
Weight Training - Beginning - Advanced
Individual/Dual Sports (Golf/Bowling/Racquet Sports)
Outdoor Lab Education
Business Computer Apps I & II
AP Government & Politics Comparative
RVTV Broadcasting & Video Production
Publication Production - Yearbook
French I, II, III, IV, AP French Language & Culture
German I, II, III, IV, AP German Language & Culture
Spanish I, II, III, IV, AP Spanish Language & Culture, AP Spanish Literature
ECLECTIC STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Ralston Valley features new clubs and activities every year, depending on student interests. Here are some of our typical student organizations and clubs.
National Art Honor Society
Clean Community Club
DECA (Marketing and Business)
FCCLA (Family & Consumer Science)
National French Honor Society
Gay Straight Alliance Club
National German Honor Society
Mountain Bike Club
National Honor Society
One World/Diversity Club
Science Bowl Club
Society of Women Engineers
National Spanish Honor Society
Technical Student Association
Choice Enrollment Information - If you would like to be a part of Mustang Nation but don't live in the Ralston Valley High School attendance area, please go to EnrollJeffco.org to complete your choice enrollment application by January 14, 2022.
Enrollment Information for new students moving into the RVHS attendance area.
Freshmen Registration - All families will use EnrollJeffco to indicate where their student(s) will be attending school in August. Whether students are choice enrolling, changing schools, or just starting in Jeffco -- everyone should use EnrollJeffco to indicate enrollment preferences. Starting in January, RVHS will visit our feeder middle schools with registration information and materials. This information will also be available on our website.