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 Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten and grades 1 – 8 for the 2019-2020 school year. 

or call 916-967-2814
to schedule a tour! 

Student Learning Expectations

  • 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

Letter From the Principal

Please join us for National Catholic Schools Week, our annual celebration that makes an education at St. Mel School outstanding! Starting with Sunday Mass on January 26, a whole week of planned activities will showcase our students’ accomplishments, and celebrate the community we have built to educate tomorrow’s citizens and church leaders.

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. Not only are we their educators teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our communities, we are also growing with them! In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants, and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed!

The theme also focuses on key elements of Catholic education: faith development, academic excellence and dedication to service. These specific components set Catholic schools apart from other education options. They are why families make sacrifices to provide their children with a Catholic education.

I hope you will visit St. Mel School during National Catholic Schools Week, enjoy our students and learn about their faith development and community service projects. This year’s CSW community service project will benefit the Mercy Pedalers. Each grade will collect items for this philanthropy group who will distribute to men and women experiencing homelessness on the streets of Sacramento.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge Sophie Diaz, our eighth grader, who was selected as a 2020 National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Virtues, Valor and Valor Award Winner! This award recognizes ten extraordinary young people in our Catholic schools from across the nation who, through their selfless service, innovation and commitment to social justice, are changing the world. Congratulations, Sophie! Tentatively, she is scheduled to receive the award during Catholic Schools Week.

I personally invite you to bring your friends and neighbors, particularly those who may be considering Catholic education for their children. I am grateful every day for our teachers, staff, board members, parents and scores of volunteers who make our school a success. National Catholic Schools Week is a great time for all of us to thank them for their dedication and service!

Sincerely In Christ,

Janet Nagel