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SMUSD’s Upcoming Solar Project

San Marcos Unified is moving forward with an exciting district-wide project to install solar panels at many of our school sites. Tesla (formerly SolarCity) will install, maintain, and operate their solar panel system without any upfront costs to the District.  Savings from this initiative will amount to approximately $30 million dollars over our 20-year contract with Tesla.

For an overview on our solar project, please watch this short video.

Each phase of construction is completed in stages of prep work, fencing, drilling, completing the underground electrical, and installation.  Starting with Paloma Elementary on October 14, 2017, the prep team will begin working on site.  Once the prep work is completed at Paloma, they will move on to the next school in Phase 1, while the drilling team will begin work at Paloma – and so on and so forth.  This process will continue until all of the schools in Phase 1 are completed.  For visuals on this process, click here.

The phases are as follows:


  • PHASE 1:  Paloma Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, Woodland Park Middle, and Mission Hills High.
  • PHASE 2:  Twin Oaks Elementary, Joli Ann Elementary, San Marcos Elementary, and Knob Hill Elementary
  • PHASE 3:  Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Middle, Double Peak, San Marcos High, and Carrillo Elementary


In addition to working with the Division of State Architects (DSA) to ensure that all applicable rules/regulations are followed, our Facilities and Maintenance team have worked closely with each of our principals to determine the ideal location for the panels.  As many of our sites will have solar panels installed in their parking lot, parking will be affected during the 6-12 week construction period.  Families will receive a letter from their site prior to any work commencing.  You can also check your school’s website for more information on construction dates and parking/drop off adjustments.

For questions or concerns regarding this project, please email solar@smusd.org.


Double Peak School Updates

Double Peak School
Intra-District Transfers 
The window is now open through March 27th.  Applications are available at the SMUSD District Office – Student Services.
PTO Meetings
January 26 & February 9 at 6:00 pm at the District Office
The goal of these meetings will be to develop bylaws, organize a board, and move forward on our 501 (c)(3).
TK & Kindergarten Enrollment Packets
Enrollment packets will be available at San Elijo Elementary and Discovery Elementary.  Please indicate that you are in the Double Peak attendance boundary. If you are applying for an intra-district transfer, you must enroll at your home school.
Students Within the Double Peak Attendance Boundary
Students who are currently at San Elijo Elementary, Discovery Elementary, Woodland Park Middle School, and San Elijo Middle School and are in the Double Peak attendance area will not need to enroll for Double Peak.  All paperwork will be transferred from the current school.  You will be receiving a letter in the mail in March with more information.
If you currently have a 4th, 6th, or 7th grader at San Elijo Elementary, Discovery Elementary, Woodland Park Middle School, or San Elijo Middle School (and are zoned for Double Peak) and are planning on exercising the grandfathering policy to stay at your current school, you must complete an intra-district transfer form at the SMUSD District Office.

Double Peak School Update

Double Peak School Parent Informational Meeting #2

Double Peak School – Parent Informational Meeting #2

“Vision and Core Values”

Monday, December 1, 2014

(The same activity was presented at the November 3 meeting)

SMUSD’s District Office – 6:00 to 7:30 pm

This will be an interactive meeting starting the process of developing our vision and core values.

Principal’s Coffee

Please join Steve Baum, principal of Double Peak School, for a cup of coffee and an informal meeting. He will provide a brief update on the new K8 school and then be available to answer question. This informal setting is a wonderful way to support our local businesses, get to know our new principal and meet the parents that will be attending Double Peak School.

December 12 – Cafe Stoked (9:15 – 10:30)

Student Participation Survey
Mr. Baum will be visiting Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, Woodland Park Middle, and San Elijo Middle during the upcoming months.  These meetings will build excitement for the new school and allow students to assist in the decision making process.
If you would like your child to participate in these meetings, please use the link below to fill out the survey.  Both students in the Double Peak boundary and possible intra-district transfer students are welcome to participate.
This is a wonderful way for the students to take part in the development of the school culture.
Student Participation Link: