About Us

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 initial enrollment capacity for PTMS is approximately 500 students and will eventually expand to about 1,000 students as homes are built in the surrounding Pacific Highlands Ranch neighborhood. PTMS opened in the Fall of 2015 with a class of 200-220 Grade 7 students. The school will reach its preliminary capacity in Fall, 2016 with classes of both 7th and 8th grade students.

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.

Construction PhasesTop of Page

Phase One included:
  • a two-story, 22-room classroom building
  • the art and music rooms
  • performing arts center/multipurpose room
  • basketball courts
  • a sports track and fields

There were interim portables for food service and administration..

Phase Two included:

  • the permanent administration building
  • a gymnasium/multi-purpose room and locker room building
  • the Learning Commons and food service building

Phase Three will be based on need and will depend on how development in Pacific Highlands Ranch progresses. The third phase is estimated to begin in fall, 2018 and includes another two-story classroom building.

Planning TeamTop of Page

A middle school planning team was formed at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Members included:
  • parents representing local feeder schools of Sycamore Ridge, Ashley Falls and Solana Ranch
  • parents from Carmel Valley Middle School
  • teachers representing all subject areas
  • district staff
  • 2 board members

The planning team first met in September 2014 and had full-day meetings every three weeks to discuss what’s most important and what they value in building this new school. Students were also invited to attend for specific discussions.

Topics included:

  • curriculum instruction and assessment
  • professional learning communities
  • student and staff culture
  • technology and tool kits to support 21st-century learning
  • school leadership
  • math and science core curriculum
  • electives that support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
  • integrating the arts into the classroom
  • physical, emotional, intellectual and social wellness