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20874 Ventura Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91364

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(818) 340-1924
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April 12, 2013
Amazing school!! We went to just about every good private, magnet, and charter school we could for Kinder. The school had a very thorough entrance exam, so we were nervous, but he was accepted and we could not be happier. I can say that this is one of the very best schools, public or private, in Los Angeles. The Principal and staff seem to love what they do, and they run a very tight ship. Teachers are dedicated, creative, and overall outstanding. Parent involvement is excellent. It is definitely a rigorous academic environment, which worried me at first, but we see the school's high standards paying off. Our son loves going to school as well as his teachers and is learning like crazy. I could not recommend this school more hightly. Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
Compare to other Catholic Schools in SFV this school is superb . Positives: parents are very involved ( voluntary only ) with very organized PTO and alumni , teachers are fair, are subject matter experts, Principal is extremely involve ( real campus presence) , forward thinker and energetic , students have very few cliques because of 2 class & they get to be mixed up yearly, advance technology ( iPads) , usual fundraising & family obligations are way more sensible to current economic times . Security is also good. Negative: Huge class size ( though must be a good sign cos @ this time when other Catholic schools are struggling, this school is pretty full ), difficult parking on pick-up/drop off esp. for working parents , less diversity (though all are respectful of each other), after school activities are pricey ( though impress there are avail. programs compare to other schools). Overall, my kids are happy, thriving, challenged and are being raise as Catholics , as of us working parents , we are getting back what we paid for and more .

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2013
I rate the teacher quality low only so that attention is brought to the areas of math and science at this school. When 2/3 of a 7th grade math class require outside tutoring, then something is wrong with the instruction. The science dept also needs attention - there is crossover here, so similar issues apply. Unfortunately, at small private schools, it's hard to find the most dynamic teachers for every subject at each grade level.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
My child went to St. Mel for 2years and in those 2years she excell in academics but had problems socially, there's a lot of clicks and even though they say they are againts bullying, you will find a lot of them in this school.I was amased also but how there's teachers that favor kids because their parents do a lot of hours at the school, some parents are not very friendly either so unless yo have money and you and your kid have the same look as everyone that goes there you will be fine.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
My son graduated from St Mel in 2010. He received a superb and well rounded education. When he started high school he, like most St. 'Melians" (as we call them in our family) blew the curve. He was completely prepared in every way. He has developed a love of all subjects especially reading, history, science and technology. He loves going back to see his former teachers. I have known them all and they are exceptional. We are truly blessed to have such great educators and the close family community. My son has a great future ahead of him because of this school. But a big shout out to Mrs. Genders, Dr. Vrdoljk, Mrs. Lutz, Mrs. Gorman, Mrs. Grombacher, Mr. Lapore and Mr. Lavin who is, according to my son, the worlds most fun music teacher.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
I absolutely love my school! Going to St. Mel is the by far, the best choice I have ever made in my entire life! I went to the preschool, and all the way from kindergarden through 8th grade. Now that I'm in 8th Grade, I am very sad to leave it. So many fond memories.... I love St. Mel for numerous reasons: -the teachers -the students -extra-cirricular activities (drama, volleyball, basketball, soccer, football, music theatre, golf, student council, academic decathlon, and much MUCH more) -the parents of the students -sense of community -the staff (principal, vice principal, office staff) -technology (We have a computer lab and iPad 2's for each individual student) -Of course we have science, social studies, english, math, etc. - but we also have religion, music, art, and Spanish I and Spanish II -the enthusiasm for learning -we go to mass once a week during school and learn all about our faith -they have certain programs for struggling or advanced children St. Mel is awesome, and if there is any school you want to send you child to - it is this one! :) (Note: This is by an actual current 8th grade student at St. Mel)

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2011
I have never seen a school's teachers so dedicated to the students as St. Mel's School of Woodland Hills, California. Also, the school is technologically advanced and innovated, using IPads for all students starting with the 2011 school year, and allowing instantaneous access to student grades by parents through EdLine. The school as excellent teachers, strong leadership by the principal, Mary Beth Lutz, and challenging academic programs. It also has a strong Catholic identity, providing for a strong foundation in Catholic theology.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2010
I went to school at St. Mel and my 2 daughters have gone there too. The school has Smart Boards in every classroom, (you wont find that in any other school in the valley) The teachers and staff are dedicated, but the MOST Important thing is that the school reinforces VALUES!!! Here is a very simple test. Walk on the St. Mel campus and any public school campus and you can HEAR the difference!! The language used by the children on the playground is like NIGHT & DAY.

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April 14, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
February 12, 2010
St. Mel Elementary is the school of choice. As a father, this school is the best for my daughters...It is enriched in extra curricular activities, such as theatre, music, art and sports...keeping them focused on what is important...you cannot afford a better school for your money...the academics are great. Teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
Both my children attended the St. Mel Preschool and are at St. Mel Elementary in 2nd and 5th grade..The academic program is challenging and rewarding...on my drives to and from school I have learned more about science, math and social studies that I can recall every getting when I went to school. The 5th grade reading program has given my child great exposure to books I would otherwise overlook by going to the library or going to the bookstore. My children have been active in the music, art, musical theatre and sports programs at St. Mel. Teachers are A+. I HIGHLY recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
St. Mel academic program is both challenging and rewarding. My children are both active in the music, art, musical theatre and sport programs at St. I have learned more about science, social studies and math on my drives to and from school than I can remember learning when I went to school. The reading program in 5th grade has exposed my child to books I would have otherwise overlooked by going to the library or bookstore. The teachers are A+.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
St. Mel has a great academic program that challenges both of my children. The children at the school are bright and well mannered. The school offers music, art, theater and sports. The community is close and social and we are always busy. The teachers are caring and easy to approach - and the parents can be very involved in the school if they choose to be -and in the classrooms - especially in Kinder and 1st. I highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
St mel does have wonderful teachers, and students. So why the low rating. One because of the class size. There are over 30 students in each class in each grade. That's a lot of kids for one teacher, and a teachers aid. Also, they give way to much school work/ homework. There are a lot of nights that my daughter is doing home work until 8:30pm or longer, and it's not because she doesn't get it either. There are kids who stay uo till 10pm. Why because they have homework and have to study for test. She's in 4th grade and has six test this week. That's crazy. Two tests on wed., two test on thurs., and two tests on fri. They do have a great community, and loving staff, but the overload of work is too much.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
This school has the nicest teachers. The children seem well mannered and happy. Fun place.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
I would not send my son any where else. He has been there for 3 years now. All his teachers and assistant teachers have been wonderful. I especially like the way they are tough on 'bad' kids.

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October 22, 2009
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no rating October 22, 2009
St. Mel is a good school K-5 but Junior High is a problem and spotty at best. The Junior High has some inexperienced teachers that helps foster an environment of bullying --both online and in the classroom--as well as stealing and the principal threatens but doesn't enforce. The bullies run the show here. Math is good but the 7th & 8th grade lacks a science program.

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October 11, 2009
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October 11, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
My three daughters attended St. Mel and received a wonderful eduction as well as a well rounded social and athletic life

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
St Mel is a good school and good community for the kids. My kids love it. The teachers are great and very caring. There have been issues with bullying and discipline in the past, but hopefully the new vice principle will rectify that. Academically, they seem to be ahead of the pack with the school winning awards and contests inthe Catholic School system. Although many public schools in the area are very good, one must see a good public school in California as being the best of the worst. St Mel is simply a better choice for your children academically. Of course as a Catholic School, Christian values and community are reinforced which is very important when making a choice between a Public School (especially in S. Cal) and a Catholic School.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2009
St. Mel School provides a top notch Catholic education in a nurturing, supportive environment. The teachers and staff are dedicated and caring. I can't imagine a better school for our son. The price, when compared to other private schools of the same caliber, is quite reasonable.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2009
St. Mel's is a terrific school. It is a very safe and nurturing environment and the teachers and administrators treat all of the children with kindness and respect. They also offer great extracurricular activities and their after-school care is very flexible and easy to get into (unlike other elementary schools in the area).

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March 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 13, 2008
St. Mels' has an excellent PRE-SCHOOL that does not appear to be represented on this site. It's Director, Phyllis Schneider, is a non-nonsense, articulate, bright leader and she keeps the school running smoothly. Communication with parents, terrific and happy (long-term)teachers and a loving environment for your kids. My daughter NEVER wants to leave - she'd sleep there if she could. The kids are the best reviewers of a pre-school.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
The previous review was correct in stating that we have our third principal in three years. HOWEVER, both the principal and vice principal ROCK! Seriously, they are involved, on the ball and there is no comparison to the previous principal. Academically the school is great. They have a wonderful group of math teachers and because the fees are higher in comparison to other catholic schools they are able to stream the math classes according to ability. It is really good for the kids. The teachers are dedicated and my kids are doing very well. Can the kids be mean? Yes. Is it addressed promptly? Yes? Kids get to the 4th and 5th grades and they all are trying to fit in with the pack. Just because it is a Catholic school doesn't mean that the kids are exempt from being nasty. The school is great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2008
We are on our third principle in three years and the parish is on its third pastor in ten months. A fourth pastor will begin in June. With all the chaos it s difficult if not impossible to create the kind of stable, nurturing environment my kids need. IT S A DOCUMENTED FACT THAT WE ARE THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAROCHIAL SCHOOL IN THE VALLEY, and that s excluding the mandatory parental contribution and numerous fundraisers. They won t show you their current standardized test scores, but the numbers are NOT good. The positive reviews on this site declaring us as, academic leaders are plants. This individual claims there was a 100% improvement from the previous year a month into our new principles tenure. Too many families are leaving, and apathy keeps most from doing the same. Nice facilities, but don t send your kids here.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
St. Mel's continues to be the academic leader of the Archdiocese Schools, but I couldn't be happier with St. Mels' School this year for another reason . I credit a 100% improvement overall to the new administrators Ms. Giordano and Ms. Connelly. They seem to have stoked the school community with energy and enthusiasm. Their involvement in every facet of the school is clearly evident. They spend great amounts of time both in the classroom (observing and teaching) and with the students in extracirricular activites (sports, cllubs, teams, student council, etc). Further, the new teachers that the administration brought in this year seem to follow that tone as well. They all come in with strong credentials and with the enthusiasm and energy for learning that seems to be contagious. The students are a good group of kids that feel academincally challenged and supported by the community. I highly recommend St. Mel's.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2007
Seems to be a lot of teacher turn-over, including principal turn-over as well. There is a slight air of snobbishness and exclusivity at this school. Great parent involvement but not a lot of individual attention to students. Classes are large and seems like 'money' is a factor here in every aspect.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
The school is wonderful. Yet there is one problem which is that the kids can be very mean.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
Absolutely love the preschool. The director is extremely motivated by the best interest of the children. Every activity has a real purpose for learning and the children all seem extremely happy.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
Very happy with this school. Great academics and children are taught respect and good manners and learn how to treat others nicely. Our child is advanced academically. Large class sizes but the children still excell.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
We love St. Mel! Fantastic academic programs; great parent involvement; and fantastic values. St. Mel teaches the 'whole child' and we appreciate that.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2005
There is so many activities at st.mels! There are many many many after school activities to choose from, its just great! Your kid will ALWAYS be busy! There are so many sports and electives to choose from! From volleyball, tennis, basketball, golf,and other fun and extremely exciting sports to cooking class and performing arts! St.mels helps kids express there individuality!

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2005
St Mel is a wonderful school with caring teachers and a wonderful principal who truly cares about the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
We are very happy with this school. Great work ethic, discipline and education for a good price.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2004
Great school! Highly recommend it for the price and compared to surrounding Catholic Schools. Have challenged my daughter and she is never bored.

- submitted by a parent
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St. Mel Elementary School
20874 Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  91364
(818) 340-1924
Last modified St. Mel Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St. Mel Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top