Gold Trail USD

1575 Old Ranch Road

Placerville, CA.  95667-8929

(530) 626-3194 (Phone)

(530) 626-3199 (Fax)

Joe Murchison, Superintendent

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Our History

By 1956, seven K-8, one-room schools had combined to form the Gold Trail Union School District. Each school provided a unique and valuable contribution to the students and community, and the Gold ...more




A private school experience in a public school environment!


Our vision is to create and maintain an environment where every child receives a high quality education and comes to school feeling safe, cared for, and optimistic about his or her ability to learn.

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Super Heroes Needed

Research shows that students who read at least five books over the summer break are able to begin the new school year without losing ground – an important predictor for school success. El Dorado County Libraries are joining libraries all over California to find One Million Readers who will finish five books over the summer break. Are you one of the million super hero readers? Sign up for the challenge at your library in El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Georgetown or South Lake Tahoe. Win Prizes, See Amazing Feats, Climb Tall Buildings, and READ. For more information regarding our local libraries, visit http://www.eldoradolibrary.org/

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year

Welcome to all of our new students, and welcome back to all of our returning students.  The first day of school for the 2015-16 school year is Wednesday, August 12, 2015.  Sutter's Mill School, housing grades TK through three, starts at 8:05 a.m. and releases at 2:10 p.m.  Gold Trail School, housing grades four through six, starts at 8:00 a.m. and releases at 2:30 p.m. 

2015 Summer Meal Service

In California, needy children are eligible to receive at least one nutritious meal daily while attending school. When school is out, children often miss this nutritious meal. A well-balanced diet is important to a child’s growth and development. Children who do not receive proper nutrition do not concentrate or perform well when they are in school. Providing children with a nutritious meal when school is not in session helps them return to school ready to learn and succeed.

The local summer meal service site for our District is located at the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County, Placerville Armory, 212 Armory Road, Placerville, CA.  95667 (530) 295-8019.  Click here for a map of the location and click on the noted address for directions.  Click here for 2015 Summer Meal Sites for the entire State of California.


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District Office Summer Hours

Monday through Thursday

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Where children have fun learning to read!


After School Care

If you need Charter Extended Day in the fall (the after school care program run by the El Dorado County Office of Education and held on the Sutter's Mill School Campus) please note the following two registration dates:  Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, August 6, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Extended Day house located on the rear of the Sutter's Mill School campus.  For additional information, call (530) 295-2298.


The Gold Trail Union School District would like to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their support in our new Schoolyard Habitat and Outdoor Classroom Program, we thank the California Conservation Corp for hours of volunteer service, and we thank parent volunteer Cathy Mueller for her hours of hard work, dedication and planning in order to bring this program to fruition.   A schoolyard Habitat restores native wildlife habitat, as it gets students outside to experience nature.  The Schoolyard Habitat creates natural spaces where students will observe, draw, write, think and question. During the formative years of life, students develop perceptions and values about their environment.  These habitats can provide students with a powerful example of land conservation and stewardship. 

Thank you for supporting our schools by shopping using these links

Participate in Amazon,  Box Tops for Education, or the E-scrip program and you help our schools at no additional cost to you!  Click on any of these links and a portion of your purchase will be donated to Gold Trail or Sutter's Mill School. Thank you for your continued support!