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Providence St. Mel High School

  • Providence St. Mel High School
  • 119 South Central Park Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60624
  • 1929
  • Michelle Byrd
  • Guidance Counselor
  • 773-722-4600 x3141

Program Description

Providence St. Mel School is a private, coeducational P-12 school in East Garfield Park, Chicago, Illinois. The school was created in 1969 with the merger of two schools, Providence High School and St. Mel High School. In the fall of 1978, Providence St. Mel reopened as a private independent school. A middle school was added in 1983 and in 1987 and 1993 elementary school grades were added.

Today, Providence St. Mel is home to more than 600 students from all walks of life. Since 1978, 100 percent of its seniors have been accepted to college. The October 2006 issue of Chicago magazine, ranked Providence St. Mel as one of the most outstanding elementary schools in the metropolitan Area. Providence-St. Mel earned a place on the Chicago magazine "A+ Team," the list of select 115 public and 25 private elementary and middle schools.

Mission Statement

At Providence St. Mel, we believe. We believe in the creation of inspired lives produced by the miracle of hard work. We are not frightened by the challenges of reality, but believe that we can change our conception of this world and our place within it. So we work, plan, build and dream - in that order. We believe that one must earn the right to dream. Our talent, discipline and integrity will be our contribution to a new world, because we believe that we can take this place, this time and this people and make a better place, a better time and a better people. With God's help we will either find a way or make one!

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Between 25% and 50%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Bates College
  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • Carleton College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • DePaul University
  • Lafayette College
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
  • Princeton University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Miami
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • Wesleyan University