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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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


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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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New student registration is open for the 2015-16 school year.  Current students do not need to be reregistered.  Registration information and forms are available in both school offices.  Sutter's Mill School serves Transitional Kindergarten (birthdays between September 2, 2000 through December 2, 2000), and grades K through three.  Gold Trail School serves grades four through eight.  For ease of family planning, both schools operate with coordinating busing and school start and stop times.  Please call Sutter's Mill at (530) 626-2591 or Gold Trail at (530) 626-2595 for more information or to schedule school tours.


California’s new standards set higher expectations for our students than ever before.  They represent the skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and strong writing so that our children are competitive with peers from around the world. Measuring these skills requires different types of test questions. Results from the new tests are measured differently and cannot be compared to results from the previous Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. Because the tests in each system measure different things in different ways, comparing their results would be like comparing apples to oranges. Think of this year as us hitting the reset button. This year’s results will set a new starting point for student achievement, against which we can compare performance for years to come.



This spring marks the second year of the new state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Last year, students in California participated in a field test, or a “test of the test”.  Students tried out the new technology being used to give the test i.e. computers, laptops and tablets. These “computer-adaptive” tests adjust the difficulty of the questions based on the answers that students give.  Unlike paper and pencil testing where most students were given the exact same test with the exact same questions, the online tests give different testing experiences for every student.    

Students in grades three through eight will take this year’s tests in English-language arts and mathematics online using a computer.  Students in grades five and eight will also take paper and pencil science tests made up of multiple choice questions.  Testing will take place from mid-March through May. Practice tests, available at http://sbac/portal.airast.org/practice-test/ (click on "practice & training tests", click "student interface practice and training tests", and follow the prompts)   can be taken by parents, teachers and students and will give information about the type of test questions that students will see in different grades and subject areas.  For more information, please contact your child’s teacher or your school principal (Mr. Lyons at Gold Trail School slyons@gtusd.org, / Mr. Murchison at Sutter’s Mill School jmurchison@gtusd.org ). 


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. 



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Sutter's Mill School

Thursday, May 14, 2015

4:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Gold Trail School

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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Gold Trail's 8th Grade

Graduation Ceremony

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Testing Prep

  • Discuss the new tests with your child. Make sure he or she is not scared or anxious going into the new tests.

  • Tell your child that you and his or her teacher are there to help them every step of the way.

  • Make sure that your child gets a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.

  • Review test results with your child, bringing your child’s teacher into the discussion as necessary.

New Results Are Just One Measure

You receive information about how your child is doing in school through grades on tests and classroom assignments, as well as by talking with your child’s teacher. The new test results will give you another piece of information about how well your child is learning what is expected for his or her grade and how well your child is doing compared to other students in the same grade. The test results, combined with all the other information you have about your child, give you a good sense of where your child is doing well and where he or she might benefit from some extra help. And, most importantly this information will give insight into your child’s readiness for college and career early enough to address any areas where he or she might need extra support.

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