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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Disaster Preparedness--Meeting Children's Needs

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

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Save Our Water

Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony



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.


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. 

Common Core State Standards

In August of 2010, the California State Board of Education formally adopted the Common Core State Standards.  These standards define the common knowledge and skills that most leaders in business and higher education believe all students need in order to be ready for college and career.  State and local educators select the curriculum, books, and instructional materials.  Teaching methods and lessons are determined by teachers. 

Common Core Initiative

Common Core en Español Web Site

PTA's Parent Guide To Student Success

Short Video "Developing World Class Students for the 21st Century

KVIE TV Interview with Superintendent of El Dorado County Schools Jeremy Meyers


Last spring all District students in grades 3 through 8 participated in a State-wide computer-based field test based on the new Common Core State Standards.  Although no scores were provided, this practice run allowed students to experience computer-based testing and new types of questions.  In moving forward, our students will be taking scored tests in the spring of 2015.  To learn about the types of questions on the test, you and your child can view them online using this link practice test.  Click the “Sign In” button (as a guest user), select your grade, and click “Yes”.  Select the test that you would like to take and follow the prompts.  As we get closer to testing students will be able to sign in as themselves and save their work.  If you have any questions regarding this testing, feel free to contact Superintendent Joe Murchison at jmurchison@gtusd.org, or Principal Scott Lyons at slyons@gtusd.org.


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

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