Policy & Guidelines

Admissions Policy and Guidelines

St. Mel Catholic School is accepting applications for the upcoming school year.  The school accepts applications throughout the year with review and acceptance depending on current enrollment.

  • A member of our Admissions Team will provide 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.
  • Copies of your child’s Birth Certificate, Immunization Records, Baptismal Certificate ( if applicable) and copies of the last Report Card for grades 1-8 must be on file before your student can enter St. Mel School.

Please call the school office at 916-967-2814 or email admissions@stmelschool.org to schedule a visit.


Enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year is limited to 15 students per class. Children in St. Mel Preschool must be at least 3 years old and potty-trained/possess independent bathroom skills.

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.


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 1st-8th

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 from your child’s current teacher are helpful.