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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.

Student Services


Mrs. Jaime White


The school counseling department at Carmel Catholic High School is dedicated to developing a supportive program which promotes student achievement within the Carmel community.  Our school counseling department is driven by student data and based on standards in academic, career and personal/social development to promote and enhance the learning process for our students.  Carmel’s school counseling program is a collaborative effort between the student, school counselor, parents and other educators to create an environment that promotes student success.  School counselors focus their skills, time and energy on direct and indirect services to their students by identifying individual student goals aligned with Carmel’s mission and spiritual growth. School counselors help students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for future plans involving college graduation and career readiness. 


Mr. Bob Covek

Mr. Paul Emerson

Mrs. Christine Hartnett

Ms. Taylor Nickols

Mr. John Ryan


Mrs. Lynnea Heinrichs

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The College and Career Resource Center assists students and parents in the college planning and selection process. The center is committed to helping Carmel Catholic students prepare to further their education.

Services provided include:

  • Access to online information, as well as catalogs and brochures from colleges and universities
  • Evening meetings for parents and students throughout the year
  • Direction regarding college choices, application procedures and financial aid information
  • Group instruction related to admission procedures
  • Individual assistance with college applications, essays, letters of recommendation, scholarships and financial aid

Mr. Brian Hendricks

  • To visit our official College and Career Center website, click here.
  • Click here to access the Class of 2017 College Planning Guide.
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The school social worker at Carmel Catholic High School is a trained mental health professional who provides supportive services in helping students achieve academic and social success.  Our social worker supports our students’ social/emotional functioning through individual and group counseling, mental health intervention and crisis intervention.  Additionally, the social worker is a link between home, school and community in providing services to students, families and school personnel.


Mrs. Elizabeth Carlson


The Carlos J. Serna Learning Resource Center was established in 2009 to support the students of Carmel Catholic High School with disabilities that effect educational performance.  An active formalized plan includes an Individual Services Plan (ISP) or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.  Supportive services may include classroom and/or testing accommodations within the general education setting.  Additionally, students who need a more supportive environment may take the Learning Resource Seminar class.  Within this class, individualized goals are identified and progress is monitored regularly while being provided specialized instruction within a resource setting and given accommodations within the general education setting.  Goals target the student’s specific skills deficits of academic functioning in the areas of reading, math and writing and/or functional performance.


Mr. Ryan Hornung

Mrs. Kari Kalscheur

Mr. Thomas Saleh