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Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

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.



8th Grade Entrance Exam

All 8th grade students who are interested in attending Carmel Catholic in August 2016, should plan to take our entrance exam on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 8 a.m. More information about the exam can be found under "Admissions Events."

Shadow Day Experience

To get a first-hand look at Carmel Catholic, we encourage prospective students to spend a day with a Carmel student. We have found that visitors who participate in this unique experience are less apprehensive about their impending high school experience. Click on "Schedule a Shadow Day." 

 Class of 2015 Highlights

- 100% graduation rate

- 99% college bound

- Nearly $32.5 million in college scholarships awards

- 3 National Merit Finalists

- 8 National Merit Commended Scholars

- 84 Illinois State Scholars

- 7 Advanced Placement Scholars with Honors and 5 Advanced Placement Scholars

Carmel Catholic High School is one of two public and private 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 a record four times (1985, 1996, 2002 and 2007).

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. 

Join us for our Christmas Concert on December 10 at 7:00 p.m. 

Be sure to attend our student show at Street Scenes on February 12 and 13! Performance tickets will be available at the door. There will be multiple shows each night!

Don't miss our spring musical, Beauty and the Beast. Elementary and middle school students are invited to attend a special performance on April 20 at 9:30 a.m. Additional showtimes for all ages are April 22 at 7 p.m., April 23 at 7 p.m. and April 24 at 2 p.m.


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.

Fall Highlights:

- The boys' soccer team was crowned ESCC champions. Scott Cloe, Austin Ehren, Chris Galla, Josh Grzesiak, Adolfo Lasso, Ryan McKernan and Rob Rao earned special honors.

- Mr. Ray Krawzak was named ESCC Boys' Soccer Coach of the Year.

- Ms. Jill Franz was named ESCC Girls' Golf Coach of the Year.

- Marie Kapelevich finished second at first singles at the Highland Park sectional qualifying for the IHSA state tournament.

Thanks to our generous donors, our football field, running track and tennis courts were resurfaced this summer. 

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.

Please consider making a donation to CCHS on Giving Tuesday, December 1. Visit