Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there a required Entrance Examination?
Yes. Applicants for entrance as a freshman to Carmel Catholic High School are required to take the Carmel Catholic Entrance Exam. This test is used by Carmel Catholic as part of the admissions process.

When is the Entrance Examination offered? When must I register?
The Entrance Exam will be administered at Carmel Catholic High School on Saturday, January 10, 2015. The testing fee is $25.00. There is no pre-registration for this exam.

When is the “Application For Admission” due?
After taking the Entrance Exam, the deadline for the Application For Admission is January 23, 2015. The application must be accompanied by the application fee in order to be considered complete.

When can I come to the school for a tour? What will I see on a school tour?
Carmel Catholic High School hosts an Open House in November from noon to 3 p.m. This year’s Open House will take place on November 9th. During the Open House, a Student Ambassador will take you on a tour of our educational facilities. You will meet Carmel Catholic faculty, students, parents, Academic Department Chairs, athletic staff and extracurricular moderators. Everyone will be eager to answer your questions.

If you are unable to attend the Open House, personal tours can be arranged by contacting the Admissions Office.

What is a “Shadow Day”? How can I participate?
Eighth grade students are encouraged to “shadow” a current Carmel Catholic student for the duration of a school day.  They will be paired with one of our students, attend classes with this student, meet his/her friends and have lunch with him/her. It’s a great opportunity to observe our school family in action and experience first-hand what life at Carmel Catholic High School is like. Eighth graders wishing to participate in the Shadow Day program must contact the Carmel Catholic Office of Admissions to schedule their Shadow Day. Seventh graders may spend a Shadow Day at Carmel Catholic during the spring semester.

Why should I send my child to Carmel Catholic?
Carmel Catholic provides a quality Catholic education and is committed to meeting the academic, physical, social and spiritual needs of the students it serves in a Christ-centered environment. At the core of Carmel Catholic are an abiding commitment to community service and a deep respect for all people. Recognized as a four-time recipient of the prestigious Blue Ribbon School Award for outstanding schools, Carmel Catholic offers an excellent college preparatory education. Extracurricular clubs, sports and other activities allow numerous opportunities for social and physical development. The spiritual component at Carmel Catholic makes all the difference. Students examine their values, God-given gifts and the responsibilities that accompany them in their Religious Studies classes. They develop those gifts in our required Christian Service Program. This experience has a ripple effect in the Carmel Catholic community creating an environment of respect and appreciation.

What do Carmel Catholic students have to say about the school?
At the end of the first quarter, freshmen were given a survey to get their input on their Carmel experience thus far. One of the questions asked, “What is the best part about being at Carmel Catholic?” Here are their answers:

  • I get to be involved in sports
  • I like the teachers and how everything is planned ahead of time and shown to us so that we know
  • The teachers are very supportive and willing to help (frequent response)
  • The welcoming community makes me feel better about myself
  • I like knowing I am in a good environment
  • Everyone is looking out for you
  • Carmel makes you feel like a real person
  • Carmel challenges me
  • How the teachers love the students
  • Spirit
  • It’s fun
  • Being part of a school that is kind
  • Great school, great experience
  • I like everything at Carmel
  • Smaller classes
  • I like how the students treat each other equally
  • There are so many people who care about you.
  • Sports and activities
  • Being a part of Carmel feels almost kind of like a family
  • We’re one big happy family
  • Being able to pray and talk about God
  • Carmel pride during Spirit Week and football games
  • The feeling of being welcome here
  • I love being in a new atmosphere
  • I have never felt left out
  • Being prepared for college and a good job
  • I feel like I fit in
  • I like that there are rules, but I can still have fun
  • Carmel is a lot better than my grade school
  • It’s a great community
  • There is so much you can do here
  • Getting a good education
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Teachers are helpful
  • Everything
  • Big Brothers and Sisters – Advice means more coming from kids
  • People seem happy that I am here
  • You never feel bad about asking a question
  • Making new friends
  • I get to be involved in sports.
  • Everyone is here to help you with your future career

Is it difficult for students to make new friends at Carmel Catholic?
Carmel Catholic has students from over 100 different feeder schools throughout Lake, Cook, Kenosha and McHenry Counties. Chances are students will know someone in their classes. In order to ease the transition into high school, teams of junior big brothers and sisters conduct orientation sessions during an extended homeroom each week during first quarter. This provides multiple opportunities to meet people and to become familiar with clubs and activities available to students. Carmel Catholic’s school culture is one of inclusion. Kindness to others matters at Carmel Catholic.

What is the cost of tuition at Carmel Catholic?
Tuition for the 2014-2015 school year has been set at $10,350. There are a number of payment options available for managing your tuition account.

Is financial aid available?
Carmel Catholic High School is able to offer financial assistance to families who qualify.  All registered incoming and current Carmel Catholic students may apply online at  If possible, please submit your online application by April 1, 2015 and provide all necessary support documentation by February 6, 2015.  Families of students currently enrolled in the program will be mailed a brochure explaining the online application process.  During the 8th Grade Parent Orientation on February 26th, the Business Office will have brochures available from the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  Also, all registered Carmel Catholic students may contact the Business Office for a brochure.  The result of the applications will be sent to Carmel Catholic and notification letters will be mailed in early June 2015. Financial Aid applications received after April 1, 2015 will still be considered. Only students who have completed the registration process at Carmel Catholic can be considered for financial assistance. In addition to the financial assistance offered by Carmel Catholic, a number of partial scholarships are given annually.

Are there scholarships available?
A limited number of need-based and academic scholarships are available to incoming freshmen each year. Scholarship eligibility is based only on results from the entrance exam administered at Carmel Catholic High School.

Is there a dress code at Carmel Catholic?
All students wear polo or oxford cloth shirts with the Carmel name embroidered on the front. Uniform shirts, skirts and khaki pants are purchased from Land’s End. Girls have the option of wearing khaki pants or the uniform skirt. In addition, all students are required to wear a name tag which is issued to them at Freshman Orientation.

What is the average ACT score at Carmel Catholic?
Class of 2013 ACT Composite Score: 25.6 compared with the State ACT Composite Score: 20.6; National ACT Composite Score: 20.9

How does Carmel Catholic accommodate students of different ability levels?
Carmel Catholic carefully places students in the appropriate classes based on test scores and counselor recommendations. Because students may have different talent levels, students may be in an honors or advanced placement course for one subject and in a college preparatory course for a different subject. We strive to provide a challenging level that will allow the student to be successful. Students may move from one challenge level to another. Additionally, the Carlos J. Serna Learning Resource Center aims to ensure the success of Carmel Catholic students with special needs identified in either an IEP/ISP or a 504 Plan, by offering students assistance from certified learning resource specialists.

Does Carmel Catholic have weighted grades?
Yes, students in honors or advanced placement classes earn additional GPA points for grades of “C” or higher.

What is the average number of students in a class?
The average number of students per class is 25 students.

Do you have to be Catholic to attend Carmel Catholic High School?
No, approximately 15% of the student body is non-Catholic. All students are required to take religion classes and fulfill a 40-hour ministry requirement each year.

What can you tell me about the faculty?
Ninety-eight full-time certified faculty members staff Carmel Catholic, many of which are Carmel Alums! Seventy-six percent of our faculty have advanced degrees. The school’s standards are high, but involved faculty and a low student-to-faculty ratio (16:1) allow for the individual attention that helps students reach their full potential. Carmel Catholic also employs five guidance counselors, one college counselor and one social worker.

What is the procedure for transferring to Carmel Catholic from another high school?
Students interested in transferring to Carmel Catholic should call the Director of Admissions at 847-388-3320.

What type of programs are available for Carmel Catholic Alumni?
A thriving community of more than 14,000 alumni participate in social, fundraising and educational opportunities. Check out our alumni website for more information about alumni opportunities and events.

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