History of CCHS
Carmel Catholic High School is jointly sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) and the Order of the Carmelites (O. Carm.). Early in 1960, the Archdiocese requested that these two religious groups build a co-institutional Catholic High School in Lake County. In September 1962, Carmel High School for Boys opened its doors to a freshman class of 175 students. In September 1963, Carmel High School for Girls began to admit students. In August 1988, the two religious groups decided to bring the two schools together and form a corporation, which owns and operates the school. Today, the school operates at near capacity with over 1,400 students seeking a high-quality Catholic educational experience.
Carmel Catholic High School is a four-time recipient (1985, 1996, 2002 and 2007) of the prestigious Blue Ribbon School recognition by the U.S. Department of Education. Across the country, Blue Ribbon Schools are regarded as national models of excellence. CCHS is one of only 29 high schools in the nation to receive this prestigious award three times. In addition to the Blue Ribbon School recognition, The Catholic High School Honor Roll named Carmel Catholic High School one of the “Top 50 Catholic Secondary Schools.” Carmel was selected based on its high scores in the categories of: Academics, Catholicity, and Civic Instruction. Carmel Catholic also has been named to an elite list of 20 high schools in the country that excel in the area of Catholic Identity.