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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.

Course Placement Timeline

January (Incoming freshmen only)
  • Entrance Exam/High School Placement Test (HSPT) for incoming freshman
  • Scores from HSPT are used for initial course placement
  • Registration and elective course selection by students and parents
  • Optional guidance meetings for incoming freshman families
  • Faculty review of all course selections, graduation requirements and prerequisites
  • Changes prompted from faculty to correct any student schedule errors
  • Administrative review of all confirmed course selections to determine course sizes, number of classes and faculty needs
  • Initial schedule building begins by registrar
  • Freshmen: additional proficiency assessments for level reconsideration
  • Confirmation emails sent to sophomores, juniors and seniors regarding course selections
  • Teachers amend prerequisite confirmations
  • Schedule is edited for changes as needed due to above items
  • Confirmation emails sent to freshmen regarding course selections
  • May 1: limited schedule changes will be possible due to class size and schedule limitations
  • Schedules are confirmed with department chairs regarding rooms and instructors
  • Balancing of classes begins
  • Balancing of classes continues
  • Students access their schedules electronically
  • Classes include indicator assessment to identify possible inaccurate placements; adjustments occur as necessary
  • Students, teachers and parents track progress of skills and achievement
  • Students complete initial level placement forms for the following school year with parent and teacher collaboration
  • Students meet with guidance counselors to discuss four year plans
  • Departments review and submit student initial placements for the following school year
  • Required courses and appropriate levels are entered into student course listings for the following school year
  • Teachers, department chairs and families discuss any semester two level adjustments