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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.

Meet the Corsair Athletics Head Coaching Staff

Jim Halford

Track & Cross Country

Years of Experience: 35 
Hometown: Mundelein, IL
Career: Physical Education and Health Teacher



"I coach with knowledge and humor."

Ray Krawzak

Boys' & Girls' Soccer

Years of Experience: 8  
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Career: Science Teacher
Awards & Credentials: USSF National D Soccer Coaching License; 2012 ESCC Coach of the Year
Hobbies: Ice Hockey

"I'm passionate about teaching young people about values and morals.  I love teaching at a Catholic school where I have the autonomy to talk about values in the classroom.  I have a passion for teaching ethical principles in our Biomedical Ethics class here at Carmel."


Robert Kuykendall


Years of Experience: 34 
Hometown: Des Plaines, IL
Career: English teacher
Awards & Credentials: Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials (IWCOA) Assistant Coach of the Year 2006
Hobbies: Music, all sports, literature, and traveling.



"I am passionate about having a positive impact on the world I live in. I don't think anything about that sets me apart from other Corsair coaches; I believe all coaches at Carmel Catholic put the athlete first."

Kevin Nylen

Head Boys' Volleyball

Years of Experience: 14
Hometown: Hawthorn Woods, IL
Career: Assistant Athletic Director
Awards & Credentials:  Two-time ESCC Coach of the Year
Hobbies: Staying active in sports, reading novels, photography and cooking.

"I love the technical aspect of the game of volleyball.  I truly enjoy and spend a considerable amount of time organizing practice, trying to find games and drills that will help my teams reach the goals that they set."

David Pazely

Girls' Volleyball

Years of Experience: 18
Hometown: Barrington, IL
Awards & Credentials: ESCC Coach of the Year 2014
Career: Math teacher
Hobbies: Sports, movies, and music


"I am incredibly fortunate to teach and coach at the same place I went to high school and to build on memories made while enriching our amazing tradition at Carmel Catholic."

Kelly Perz

Girls' Basketball

Years of Experience:10
Hometown: Grayslake, IL
Hobbies: Fitness, especially HIIT training and weightlifting, DIY home projects, and cooking.


"I think the fact that I have coached such a broad spectrum of aged girls is unique as well as the fact that I'm an alum at the school in which I coach. I also think I'm different from other coaches in that I'm VERY defensive minded in my approach."

Bill Taylor

Varsity Baseball

Years of Experience: 24
Hometown: Zion, IL
Career: Physical Education and Health teacher; formerly a pitcher who played professionally with the Oakland A's organization.
Awards & Credentials: 2006 IHSBCA Assistant coach of the year; Coach of the Lake County Lightning who finished the 2015 season ranked 2nd in the nation. 
Hobbies: Travel and college football.




"I have a passion for teaching the game of baseball, to Carmel players and others throughout Lake County. The game of baseball has given me so much, so teaching the game is my way of giving back."



Zack Ryan

Boys' Basketball 

Years of Experience: 8
Hometown: Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Career: Math teacher 



"My passion and work ethic is what I pride myself on.  I believe it is incredibly important to create positive relationships with my players."