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Ralston Valley is a comprehensive, four-year high school located in Arvada, CO, a northwest suburb of Denver. Opened in 2000, Ralston Valley has established a solid reputation as one of Colorado's premier public schools. The school also features outstanding athletic and activity programs, with numerous state championships, award winning bands, choirs, and drama groups. The school climate is incredible: safe, inclusive, spirited, and positive!
School Facts

Tradition of Excellence

Offering a full complement of courses, with complete Honors and Advanced Placement programs, Ralston Valley has earned the highest rating (Excellent) given by the Colorado Dept. of Education for each of the years this designation has been awarded. 

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Knowledgeable Staff

Ralston Valley has a veteran teaching staff that averages over 12 years of experience in education. In addition, 70% of the faculty have a Master's Degree in education and/or a particular subject area.


College Prep High School

Due to the high percentage of RVHS students who plan to go to college, college preparation is the focus in all RVHS classes. High academic standards are in place for all courses. In addition, RVHS offers an Honors strand of courses and numerous Advanced Placement courses. Students may opt to pursue an Honors Diploma as well.


Thinking of athletics at Ralston Valley? Then think of championships. Since its opening in August of 2000, Ralston Valley has won numerous state championship titles and Jeffco league championships. This stellar performance across the board has led RV's regular receipt of the Steinmark Award. The Steinmark is awarded to the school with the top overall athletic performance in the league. Additionally, numerous Ralston Valley seniors have received athletic scholarships at Division I and II NCAA schools.


Theater & the Arts

The Theater Arts Program at Ralston Valley High School combines challenging classroom instruction with a multitude of opportunities for all levels and abilities. Theater performance opportunities include a full length play and musical, an evening of improv comedy, an evening of one-acts, a children's theater program that performs for local elementary schools, a drama club, an active Thespian troupe, and a stage craft construction class.

The Visual Arts Program at Ralston Valley provides students with many opportunities to express themselves and develop an artistic voice. Ralston Valley artists have been well represented in numerous shows in the Denver area & frequently take home the top honors. Many of our young artists have gone on to study art-related fields in college, several earning scholarships.


The Ralston Valley Music Department is one of the most well-rounded music programs in Jefferson County. Each year, many RV students are selected to All-County and All-State Ensembles, including Choir, Orchestra, Band, and Jazz Ensemble. Many performing ensembles have traveled out of state to perform in numerous festivals at locations including Orlando, New York City, Venice, Florence, Rome, Las Vegas, Nevada, and London.

The Mustangs are regular finalists and semi-finalists at the State Marching Band Competition, and the band has often been selected to perform in the Parade of Lights.

Ralston Valley also hosts the Mile High Jazz Festival, one of Colorado's largest public school jazz festivals. The String Orchestra program is one of the largest in the county and the Chamber Orchestra has been selected to perform at the prestigious Colorado Music Educator's State Convention. Ralston Valley's top choir, Shades of Blue, was the only Colorado choir selected to perform in New York City to honor the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII.

Ralston Valley High School offers all students a chance to perform in other extra-curricular performing groups such as Pep Band & Pit Orchestra.

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