About Our School

  • Donner Trail is located near the top of the Donner Summit nestled next to the Yuba River. The area provides a rich natural environment for students to explore and learn. Donner Trail serves as both a public school to the local community as well as a multi-age magnet school for the Tahoe Truckee School Unified District. As best described by Donner Trail parents, the loving support staff and supportive teachers create a community where students are treated with respect and are taught how to be responsible, respectful to others, and how to be leaders. The Donner Trail way is to learn and assist others. It breaks down the walls of age, bullying, and separation. Students learn who they are and who they want to become.

    Donner Trail is a three-room school house that 62-75 students occupy for 180 days of the year. The "Bear Lair" houses grades K-1, "The Nest" houses grades 2-3 students, and the "Woods" houses grades 4-5.  Along with intensive focus on core subject areas, students also participate in activities such as PE, music, and art.  Because of the multi-age classrooms, students' learning goals and expectations are differentiated to accommodate their learning styles and developmental levels so that all students are successful learners.

    Donner Trail Elementary prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.