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Admissions Policy and Procedures

Saint Mel Catholic School is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.  The school accepts applications throughout the year with review and acceptance depending on current enrollment. 

  • Mrs. Nagel, our principal, provides a guided tour of the campus.   You will have an opportunity to learn more about student life and how St. Mel School integrates faith with academic excellence, including Student Learning Expectations, curriculum standards, faith development, financial aid, before and after school care, student clubs, athletics, technology, fine arts and more. 
  • St. Mel School offers a student visitation program for prospective students applying to grades 1-8. Visitation begins at 8:00 a.m. in the school office.  For incoming TK, Kindergarten and First grade students, parent observations are arranged on an individual basis.
  • Copies of your child’s Birth Certificate, Immunization Records, Baptismal Certificate and copies of last Report Card for grades 1-8 must be on file before your student can enter St. Mel School.
  • You are invited to join us at our Open House during Catholic Schools Week, Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Upon request, you will be given a guided tour by a member of our Student Council.

Please call the school office at 916-967-2814 or e-mail jnagel@stmelschool.org to schedule a visit. 

Transitional Kindergarten

Applicants for TK must be 4 years old by September 1st. Since TK is designed to be a bonus year before Kindergarten, our TK students have a mix of summer, fall and winter birthdays. Some incoming TK students have already had their 5th birthday and others will be 5 during the course of the school year.

Kindergarten

Applicants for Kindergarten must be 5-years old by September 1st.  In the spring, our Kindergarten teacher will access each child in a stress-free, 15-minute evaluation.  This provides us with a “snapshot” of your child’s capabilities and their readiness for our Kindergarten Program.  Parents complete an information sheet allowing us to have a more comprehensive understanding of your child’s needs.  
 
Grades 1-8
 
The teacher of their incoming grade level will evaluate applicants for grades 1-8.  The evaluation process includes grade level appropriate testing in Language Arts and Mathematics.  Previous standardized tests, report cards, and a recommendation for your child’s current teacher are helpful.  
Extension Program

St. Mel Extension Program supports and supplements the family by providing a safe and comfortable environment for the children of St. Mel School. The 2018 school year will be our eighteenth year of service to the families. We provide a link between school and home, fulfilling the needs of the children, parents and our parish community.

We adhere to the same philosophies, rules and regulations as stated in the School Parent-Student Handbook. While the school has a structured environment, the adult supervised Extension Program will provide a flexible setting for relaxation and learning. Snack, study hall, recreation, and enrichment activities are part of the program.

Your child will relax, thrive and develop friendships in a safe, caring, environment. Here they can share God’s love, and practice goodness and kindness.

The Extension program continues to offer several payment plans in an effort to accommodate the various scheduling needs of students in grades TK through Eight. St. Mel Extension is self-sustaining and parent fees are its sole support.

Extension is open on all school days, including minimum days. However, we are closed during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter vacations, and Teacher Professional Development Days, (when school is closed). In addition, Extension closes at noon only on the minimum days before Christmas and Easter vacations. We open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. The only exception is Halloween evening when we close at 5:00 p.m. Students also have the ability to attend on-campus activities including choir, yearbook, student council meetings, drama, scout meetings, academic competition practices, athletic practices and events, and come to Extension before and/or after the activities. This provides continuity and safety in the students’ day, and peace of mind for parents!