Our History

St. Mel Catholic School opened its door September 8, 1959 under the direction of Sisters of Mercy of Doon form Ireland. In the beginning, 220 students were enrolled in grades first through fifth and Sister Many DePazzi was the principal and Mother Superior. Over the next three years, grades six, seven, and eight were added. In June 1963, St. Mel School celebrated its graduation with 39 graduates! Kindergarten (1963), and Transitional Kindergarten (2004), have since been added. To help address the needs of busy families, the Extension Program opened is doors in 1998. Over the last 57 years, St. Mel Catholic School has grown from a small group of dedicated and enthusiastic families to a thriving school with over 280 students in grades TK through Eight. The Mercy tradition of “service to others” is continued today as an integral part of our faith and academic development. We are proud that many of our current students are second generation St. Mel Catholic School students!

Our School campus includes classrooms, a playground with multiple play areas, gymnasium for P.E. classes, drama production and extracurricular sports, a science lab, resource room, library, garden, and lunch room. Many advances have been made along the way, especially technological. The school’s technology committee includes parents, teachers, and consultants who are a vital force in school’s strategic plan allowing our faculty to be 100% committed to preparing your sons and daughters for high school, college and beyond. Our technology plan has provided integrated use of commerce of computer technology in our classrooms, with SMARTboards and SmartTV flatscreen, hand-held devices, a fully equipped technology lab, the internet along with continuous professional development for our teachers and staff.

St. Mel has been blessed with excellent leadership and tremendous parent support. Volunteers are seen as a gift to the school, a gift that is invaluable to the children’s educational process. Since 1990, the school has been under the leadership of Mrs. Janet Nagel. She works in tandem with our Pastor Fr. Aldrin Bastrte, and with many visionary leaders as they continue to bring this excellent Catholic education to our students now and in the future. We are a community within a wider community. In this context, we promote an integrated approach to education. The family, school, and parish share in the responsibility of educating the whole child- mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Throughout the years, the values of the Sisters of Mercy remain a vital force in the implementation of the Gospel values. St. Mel Catholic School continues this proud tradition of “Integrating Faith with Academic Excellence”. The majority of Saint Mel School graduates enter honors or college preparatory courses at Jesuit High School, St. Francis High School and Christian Brothers High School. Most continue on to colleges and universities throughout the United States. We are blessed to contribute to the intellectual and spiritual growth of these fine students!




Western Association of Schools & Colleges

Western Catholic Educational Association

Contact and Location

4745 Pennsylvania Avenue
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Office: (916) 967-2814
Fax: (916) 967-0705