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Pacific Trails Middle School

A Proud Member of the San Dieguito Union High School District
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About Us

“Together, we ignite the joy of learning to inspire confident, curious, and creative global citizens.”

Welcome to Pacific Trails Middle School! We are located in the Pacific Highlands Ranch neighborhood in Carmel Valley, next to Canyon Crest Academy. When construction began on June 1, 2014, we were simply known as Middle School #5, but with input from parents, students, and staff, the SDUHSD Board of Trustees formally adopted the name of Pacific Trails Middle School on November 13, 2014.
The attendance boundary for our school will draw students from Ashley Falls and Sycamore Ridge elementary schools in the Del Mar Union School District and Solana Ranch Elementary School in the Solana Beach School District. Please click here for the boundary map for the San Dieguito Union High School District to determine if your street address falls within the boundaries of PTMS. We are located in the Torrey Pines High School attendance area.  Students may apply to attend Canyon Crest Academy through the high school selection process.
At PTMS, we offer rigorous curriculum opportunities in a supportive environment.  We focus on helping students build positive peer to peer connections through a comprehensive focus on social emotional learning and student wellness. We strive to see each individual student succeed.
Core Values:
• We are flexible, evolving, collaborative, and creative
• We support innovative learning environments with integrated technology
• We promote connectedness
• We strive for continuous improvement
• We value partnerships with parents, local businesses, feeder elementary, and district high schools
• We embrace shared leadership

To our Students:


Welcome to Pacific Trails Middle School.  We look forward to watching you learn and grow. Our school provides a high quality education in an exciting environment with caring, nurturing adults able to support you and define your role in the world. If there is anything you need while enrolled at PTMS, please don’t hesitate to ask any staff member.

"We are ONE PACK, accepting and supportive of others’ diversity. 
We care about having fun while learning in a creative, safe, and peaceful environment that supports equity for all”  ~ PTMS Students