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Carmel Catholic High School is a private college preparatory and secondary school for young men and women in grades 9 through 12. Carmel Catholic provides a quality Catholic education and is committed to meeting the academic, physical, social and spiritual needs of the students it serves. At the core of Carmel Catholic are an abiding commitment to community service and a deep respect for all people.

Carmel Catholic is jointly sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) and the Order of Carmelites (O.Carm.). In 1960, the Archdiocese of Chicago invited these two religious communities to build a co-institutional Catholic high school in Lake County.

For more than 50 years...

Carmel Catholic High School has continued a rich tradition of academic excellence. As a Catholic college preparatory school, we strive to provide every opportunity for our students to succeed, allowing them to become reflective, grateful, and responsible individuals. Our 16,000+ alumni continue to lead lives of faith and service well beyond their high school years.

Four-Time Blue Ribbon School

Carmel Catholic High School is one of two schools in the state and less than 10 schools nationwide to receive the prestigious Blue Ribbon School award by the U.S. Department of Education FOUR times! 

Curriculum Guide

View our 2017-2018 curriculum guide to see what Carmel Catholic High School has to offer!

We Support the Arts

During the summer of 2013, Carmel Catholic completed a new 33,000 square foot Fine and Performing Arts Center. This innovative center features classrooms and practice rooms for instrumental and choral students, a dance studio, a black box theater, visual arts studios, an art gallery, a darkroom, and a Mac computer lab.

Express Yourself

Carmel Catholic’s outstanding Fine and Performing Arts curriculum allows students to gain a broad understanding and appreciation of the arts. There are diverse opportunities to excel in vocal, instrumental, performing, and visual arts.  

Go Corsairs!

More than 85% of Carmel Catholic students participate in interscholastic sports and intramural play. We offer 12 boys' sports and 12 girls' sports. Scholarship offers from some of the nation's finest colleges and universities have been made to our students in nearly every sport.

EFT Sports Performance

Do you want to be a better version of your current self? CCHS has partnered with EFT Sports Performance to offer personalized training opportunities. Click here to learn more.


Beyond the Classroom

Carmel Catholic offers many opportunities to get involved, including service opportunities, clubs, dances, fundraisers, and other social events.

By participating in extracurricular activities, students develop skills such as leadership, working with others, responsibility, and self-discipline. The school strongly encourages all students to become involved in at least one extracurricular activity; most students participate in several. 

Carmel Catholic believes that the spiritual growth students experience through ministry to others will lead to a lifetime commitment to service. All students participate in the school’s Christian Service Program, which requires each student to perform 20 hours of services to the community each semester.

We Are Grateful

Carmel Catholic is most grateful to its many generous donors. Charitable donations may be restricted to a specific area of interest, may be unrestricted or may be planned to accommodate a donor's unique tax situation. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Carmel Catholic's Director of Institutional Advancement is available to discuss these options at any time.

Catholic Schools Week 2017




Photo: Dr. Attar with his former Carmel teachers Mr. Tony Recchia (left) and Mrs. Sharon Smogor (right).

This year, Dr. Sam Attar, Carmel Catholic High School alumnus, spoke to students about his work in Syria and with the Karam Foundation as part of day one of Catholic Schools Week 2017. The Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization.  Part of their mission includes working with the children of Syria.

Dr. Attar’s work exemplifies the charisms of our founding orders and CARMEL values. Following graduation he studied medicine and trained to be an orthopedic surgeon. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Early in his career, Dr. Attar began giving back through international medical service organizations. In 2014, Sam returned to Carmel to share his experiences of medical service missions in war-torn Syria. Sam spent the last weeks of 2013 in Aleppo, Syria treating civilian victims of bombings and improvised explosive device detonations in the area. Working in horrific conditions, he performed emergency surgeries to save the lives of scores of Syrian children and adults. His presentation informed the Carmel community of the horrors of the Syrian civil war. Since visiting Carmel, Sam has returned to Syria on humanitarian medical missions. His humanitarian work has been featured in local and national news, and he continues to publish medical research.

Please pray for those, like Dr. Attar, who use their talents and blessings to save and improve the lives of others. 




Please take a minute to send a quick note on Wednesday, February 1 to faculty and staff members who have made a difference in your time here at Carmel Catholic! We welcome notes from students, parents, alumni, and friends. 



We are so excited to welcome our CCHS board members, Fr. Bob Carroll, O.Carm., and superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, Dr. Jim Rigg for Board Appreciation Day!

All are welcome to join us for our all school Mass at 9:25 a.m. on February 2 (check in at entrance I).

Click here to learn a bit about our board members. 



We look forward to day five of Catholic Schools Week each year because we get the opportunity to show appreciation to our students. This community is the beautiful place it is because of our Corsairs. Thank you students for making each day here special! 

During Catholic Schools Week, it has been a tradition at Carmel Catholic to honor select students as Most Valuable Corsairs. These are students exemplify the values of Carmel Catholic High School through their actions at school and in their community.

Congratulations to our 2017 Most Valuable Corsairs! 
Olivia Atkins
Teri Brinkman
Megan Brinkman
Lauren Caffarelli
Luca Clesceri
Anna Clesceri
Katie Collin
Caitlin Cook
Michelle Costanzo
Celia DeKeyser
Talia DiCara
Jennifer Dicks
Brooke Duncan
Debra Dunham
Taryn Dwyer
Madi Erber
Olivia Gonzalez
Joseph Grabowski
Matthew Grzesiak
Kelly Gustafson
Elizabeth Hamlin
Scott Haseman
Dominic Hensel
Jeremy Kamman
Ashley Kearns
Maddy Kegel
Owen Kompare
Jilly Kornak
Emy Krysa
Eli Larson
James Lentino
Maddie Lowe
Emily Luedecke
Brendan Mason
Julia Massarelli
Joey Massarelli
Jack McKernan
Mark Meny
Amanda Modelski
Jolina Moisio
Rachel Mooney
Mary Mooney
Maggy Napoli
Camila Pereira
Jude Pinto
Jack Posner
David Powers
Genevieve Putnam
Claire Queenan
Sam Ramont
Ricky Rivera
Allie Roder
Olivia Ruby
Alvin Santner
Nathan Schedler
Kelli Smith
Alexander Speer
Julian Speights
Noah Stansbury
Brooke Stulginskas
Bryce Thomas
Emma Thomas
Luna Ventura
Jadyn White
Sofia Zitella