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Welcome to St. Mel Catholic School! We are a school rich in tradition, Catholic identity, and academic excellence. On our website, you will learn what makes our school an excellent educational choice for your children.

St. Mel School was founded in 1959 by the Sisters of Mercy who had a vision where children are educated in heart and mind, formed to be men and women of faith, learning, virtue, and service to others. It is that vision that lives on today! Our students appreciate our proud history as well as the sense of community that supports them. Our commitment to the development of the whole child includes differentiated instruction. They develop their talents - academic, artistic and athletic. The achievements, attitudes, spirituality and well-being of our students are important to us as are their families.

The core curriculum is academically challenging and is designed to help students prepare for high school pursuits. St. Mel School offers many extra activities, including athletics, academic competitions, art exploration program, choir, drama, baton, STREAM week, Student Council, and other special events. Our Student Learning Expectations (SLE’s), encourage children to become life-long learners, develop care for self and others.

A Catholic faith identity is at the heart of St. Mel School. This is what sets us apart from other schools and draws us together as a community. Our students are afforded the luxury of having the religion curriculum woven into their daily school experience, opportunities to celebrate the sacraments, and participate in community service projects. I invite you to attend the second Sunday of the month school Mass at 10:00 a.m. There you will see St. Mel Catholic School students getting a head start on leadership as they serve as lectors, greeters, altar servers and sing in the children’s choir.

I have been blessed to be Principal of St. Mel School since 1990. My belief that faith and a strong parent-teacher-student partnership will empower the students of St. Mel School to become tomorrow’s leaders who are compassionate, confident, and articulate. After you have finished browsing our website, please call me at 916-967-2814, or email , to arrange a tour to experience for yourself the tradition of St. Mel Catholic School, “Integrating Faith with Academic Excellence”.

Welcoming New Students

St. Mel School is accepting applications for students entering Transitional Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten and grades 1 – 8 for the 2018-2019 school year. 

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Note From the Principal

Please join us for National Catholic Schools Week at our annual celebration of what makes education at St. Mel Catholic School outstanding.  Starting with the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 28, 2018, we have scheduled a full week of activities showing what our students are accomplishing.

The theme of our celebration is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country. In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work and succeed. During this week we will ask everyone to share pictures of their Catholic school days and celebrate their Catholic school spirit on Facebook!

Highlights will include:

On Sunday. January 28, we will celebrate our Parish by devoting a Mass to Catholic education and welcome new families to visit our church and school! Our students will represent us in their school uniform and thank parishioners for their prayers and support. Please join us at our Open House directly following the 10:00 a.m. Mass until 12:30 p.m. All classrooms will be open with student generated work on display including our Technology Lab, Science Lab, Extension Program, Library, Art Show, Book Fair, and the 8th grade Café will serve refreshments.

On Monday, January 29, at 8:05 a.m. we will celebrate our Community in the Parish Center. Returning graduates have been invited and talk about how their Catholic education has provided them with a road map to Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Please join us!

Additionally after the Prayer Service in the Parish Center on Monday afternoon, the students will give donations collected from our CSW Community Service Project to the Cristo Rey High School representatives, Sr. Eileen and Mr. Tom Johnson. I invite you to join us for these two school assemblies!

On Tuesday, January 30 we will celebrate our students! Without our children – truly the heart of St. Mel School- where would we be? Today our students wear FREE DRESS and have zero homework! Our annual Talent Show is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. It will be entertaining, heart-warming and a good time for all in attendance. Please join us in the Parish Center! At 2:15, we will convene in church for a short Prayer Service and students will read their Catholic School Essays.

On Wednesday, January 31 at 8:05 a.m. we will celebrate the Nation. St. Mel School will host a short program that will include the Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts honoring our military personnel, current and retired, and First Responders. Afterward, our guests will be treated to a “Heroes Breakfast compliments of our Parent’s Club. We have several school families and parishioners in our community who made a decision to serve our country and provide emergency and first responder services when called. At 2:15 p.m., we will meet in church for a short Prayer Service and students will read their winning Catholic School Essays.

On Thursday, February 1 we will celebrate Vocations by visiting the Eucharistic Chapel. I invite you to stop in for a short visit. At 2:15 p.m., we will meet in church for a short Prayer Service and students will read their Catholic School Essays.

On Friday, February 2, we will attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass with our Faith Families. At 11:30 a.m. in Doheny Hall, teachers, staff, parent volunteers will be applauded as they walk and dance their way through the gym with students cheering them. Our teachers are the backbone of Catholic schools and our parent volunteers continue to be the air beneath their wings!

I am grateful every day for the teachers, staff, parent club and CSAC board members, parents and volunteers who make our school work! National Catholic Schools Week is a good time for all of us to thank them for their dedication and service.

Sincerely in Christ,

Janet Nagel


A St. Mel graduate is:
  • An active, responsible Catholic
  • A moral and ethical individual
  • An effective communicator
  • A life-long learner
  • A physically and mentally healthy person
  • An independent, open-minded thinker