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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.

This blog is designed to amplify the diverse voices of the Carmel Catholic community. Contributors include members of the Carmelite and BVM orders, staff, and friends of Carmel Catholic.  In these pages you will find many perspectives and topics including: reflections on CARMEL values, BVM core values, Carmelite charism and incorporating Catholic values and teaching into the lived experience. 
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Living CARMEL Values – MISSION

Written by: Shanon Murphy, Class of 2017
Carmel Catholic students are called to live the value of Mission. Based in the charisms and core values of our founding orders, this value calls forth a spirit of justice and a lifestyle of service. At the beginning of June, Carmel Catholic students began a summer long project of serving our brothers and sisters at Beacon Place. Shanon Murphy, class of 2017 reflects on her experience serving at Beacon Place last summer.
Thursday, June 01, 2017

I saw the sign...or did I?

One day when I was 16-years old my mother thrust some cash into my hands and told me to drive to a convenience store to get a gallon of milk. In a flash I’m backing dad’s 1968 Ford Galaxie 500 - V-8, no less - out of the driveway. I drive over to the store, hop out of the car and lock the door with my key, stuff the keys into the pocket of my Levi jeans then go in the store and buy the gallon of milk. Come back out. The car’s in order to dig my keys out of my pants pockets...I place the gallon of milk on the roof of the car. I unlock the the car, hop in, crank up the V-8 and drive home.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

Written by: Sharon Smogor, CCHS Social Studies Faculty

Another school year is drawing to a close and it is time to review and assess the 2016-17 academic year. The school community looks back to remember what we have learned, the goals we reached, the challenges we tried to overcome, the people with whom we shared our lives, and the special moments of laughter and of tears.

We celebrate with our seniors and wish them all the best as they head out to the big world. We hope that they have created many memories during their years at Carmel Catholic; memories that will inspire, amuse, reassure, and console them on their journeys.

As a nation we celebrate Memorial Day weekend. We kick off the summer season with parades and picnics and the stores run sales of all types. But, let’s revisit the real meaning of Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Climb Every Mountain – The Holy Spirit at Work

Written by: Denise Sebastiano, CCHS Fine Arts Faculty
We recently finished a beautiful production of “The Sound of Music.” This journey started with many obstacles—a huge cast, a challenging set with 25 scene changes, the possibility of not having a pit orchestra, and finding a young girl to play the role of Gretl. Additionally, one cast member in particular, the talented young lady who portrayed Mother Abbess, who sings “Climb Every Mountain,” was facing a challenge of her own.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Visiting With BVM Sisters at Mount Carmel

More than 50 years ago, a generous group of Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) and priests and brothers of the Order of the Carmelites (O.Carm) made the vision of Catholic High School education in Lake County, IL a reality and Carmel was born.

Today the influence of the BVMs and Carmelites is still alive at Carmel Catholic High School. To celebrate their vital contribution and renew our commitment to understanding our founders, Carmel Catholic has begun a program to regularly visit the BVMs and Carmelites. On April 27, 13 students traveled to Dubuque, Iowa to visit the BVM sisters at their home, Mount Carmel. The goal of the trip was to help our students understand the BVM charism and core values more deeply.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The Taste of God

Written by: Deacon Mark Plaiss, CCHS Religious Studies Faculty

In my high school classroom, cultural references are becoming harder for me to make. Take the film “The Wizard of Oz,” for example. Fewer and fewer of my high school fourteen-year old freshmen have seen the film. Thus, any reference to it is becoming more and more meaningless. 

Now think about that. If you are in the neighborhood of my age (I’m 63), then it’s hard to believe that anyone could not know “The Wizard of Oz.” But believe you should. So, allusions to the Yellow Brick Road? Growing dimmer and dimmer.

All is vanity.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Seeing God in All Things

Written by: Anne Nieminski, CCHS English Faculty

Throughout my life, I’ve always been taught that God can be found everywhere. I’ve experienced God many times through formal aspects of Catholicism, like the celebration of the Eucharist at Mass, at prayer services, and on retreats. It’s easy to recognize the presence of God in a quiet moment where reflection comes naturally on a retreat, during a particularly beautiful song at Mass, or when you’re praying with a large group of people. However, something that I never really stopped to think about was the way that God is present in my everyday life. Yes, there were small moments when I would find God in my daily life, but that would usually in occur when I was surrounded by  nature, experiencing a breathtaking view of a sunset over Lake Michigan or marveling at the way that the leaves change across the street from my house. Now that I spend most of my days in the classroom working with students, I’ve realized that God is truly present in even the most ordinary moments because I see Him in my students every day.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter – Hope For Us All

Written by: Michael Fitzgibbons, CCHS Campus Ministry

I watched the births of each of my children. The first was Caesarean section; the second and third were natural. I cut the cords for both my sons (second and third). I am not quite sure why they gave me a sharp object in that scenario, even today, and this was the early ‘90s. One thing I am quite sure of: these were miracles.

After watching these three life changing, life affirming, and life giving events, I came to the conclusion that my questions about life were at worst totally ineffective, and at best, well, useless.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter – The Telos of Christianity

Written by: Deacon Mark Plaiss, CCHS Religious Studies faculty member and Deacon at St. Gilbert Parish

Suppose you play basketball. What is the object of the game? What is its goal (no pun intended)? Is not the goal of the game of basketball to score more points than the opposing team by dropping the basketball through the hoop more often than your opponent does in a prescribed amount of time? 

What is the goal of the acorn? Is it not to grow into an oak tree?

How about marriage? What is its goal? Well, the unity of husband and wife in love and fidelity and the begetting of children and raising them in the faith.

Everything has a goal or a telos. Everything has an end to which it naturally gravitates. This month we celebrate the goal, the telos, of Christianity: eternal life with God.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Lent and Civics

Written by: Mrs. Sharon Smogor, CCHS Faculty

If you have read any of my previous posts you probably know that I can make a connection between government/civics class and just about any topic. This is especially easy to do in a Catholic school setting. I really believe that all teachers are civics teachers and at Carmel our teachers are religion teachers, as well. We ask some of the same "essential questions" in many classes. Why are we here? Where are we going? How do we get there? Why does it matter? Does the person shape the times or do the times shape the person? What is justice?