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


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 ...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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Parents will have the opportunity to register their children for the 2016-17 school year at Gold Trail Union School District (GTUSD), beginning February 16. Current students do not need to be reregistered, and registration information and forms will be available in school offices.

Sutter’s Mill School (transitional kindergarten through 3rd grade) – 4801 Luneman Rd, Placerville; 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 530-626-2591

Gold Trail School (4th through 8th grade) – 889 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville; 7:30  a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 530-626-2595

“This year has been extremely exciting for our schools, and we look forward to seeing our returning students and making our new children and parents feel like family,” Superintendent Joe Murchison said.

At Sutter’s Mill School, students between transitional kindergarten (a two year program with student birthdays from 9/2/2001 through 12/2/2001) and 3rd grade benefit from an extremely knowledgeable and dedicated staff.  Well-rounded education is supplemented by enrichment classes such as dance, Spanish, cooking, and Monart (art). Parents can also take advantage of our Extended Day before and after school programs, located on campus; call 530-622-7130 for enrollment information.

At Gold Trail School, 4th through 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive music program and have access to various extracurricular activities such as Odyssey of the Mind, GATE and after school sports.  Gold Trail School students gain a unique historical experience through our Gold Discovery site visits and California mission field trip.  Other grade levels participate in multiday field trips to locations such as Yosemite and Bodega Bay. 

Both schools operate by coordinating busing and school start and stop times that accommodate family planning.  For more information regarding registration or to schedule a school tour please contact the individual school office directly.


Save the date and be a part of the 2016 Fun Run!  MARCH 4, 2016 at Gold Trail School. Sutter's Mill students will be bussed over to Gold Trail. Family members may run too! Click here to learn  about becoming a sponsor  and click here to learn how students can raise money to earn a t-shirt and other amazing prizes! We hope to see you on the 4th!





Schools will be closed February 12 and February 15 in observance of President's week-end.

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All you need to do is to go to https://smile.amazon.com and sign in using your regular Amazon email and password.  Go to the "Pick your own charitable organization" box, search for Gold Trail Parent Teacher Organization in Placerville, and hit select.  From that point on a percentage of everything that you purchase through the smile.amazon site will be used to help students in our schools--at absolutely no cost to you!  We thank you in advance for your support.

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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!








If you are aware of any vandalism or criminal activity occurring on any school campus, please report it to the anonymous hot-line at:  


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This notice may apply to you if you are: the parent or guardian of a child (including an infant) with disabilities; the parent or guardian of a student who is attending or attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008; or a person over the age of eighteen who is attending or attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.

Notice provided pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding the Court’s Order in Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association v. California Department of Education lawsuit; and parents’ and students’ opportunity to object to the disclosure of protected personal information and records. (See case # 2:11-cv-03471-KJM-AC.)

Go to the CDE's website, http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase, for full information on this case and to obtain the Notice and Objection Form.  This objection form must be submitted to the Court by April 1, 2016.


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