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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.

From the Counselor's Desk

Each month, the Carmel Catholic school counselors blog about stories, news, and advice for Carmel Catholic students, parents, faculty, and friends. 

There are some very exciting things happening in student services. To read the full post, click on the title above.

  • Counselors are currently meeting with juniors and their families to discuss the college planning process. While this can be overwhelming, this is an exciting time for our students and their families. 
  • Later this month, students will begin the registration process for next year. All students met with their counselors during first semester and reviewed their four-year plan. 
  • Our drop in center is in full swing. Students of all grade levels who are having a difficult day or a need a safe place to decompress are encouraged to stop in there or see their counselor. The drop in center is always staffed with a counselor, social worker, or psychologist. 
There has been a lot of talk over the last year about ACT vs. SAT, and with good reason. Last December, after 15 years of public institutions in the state offering the ACT, the government decided to sign a contract with SAT. After much consideration, Carmel Catholic will continue to encourage students to take the ACT. 
Written by: Mr. John Ryan
Whether you’re an athlete preparing for competition or a student tackling a difficult subject, it’s important that you believe in yourself.  You can do it! Take some time at the beginning of the school year to list your courses and write down the highest grade you think you can earn in each course this grading period. To read the full post, click on the title above.

Updates from the Counseling Office

News and announcements from Carmel Catholic school counselors

Juniors - College Selection Process
Counselors are meeting with juniors and their parents to help guide them through the college selection process. Click here to view our Class of 2018 College Planning Guide.   

After you complete your FASFA, follow the following steps:

1. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) carefully.

2. Check if your SAR has been selected for verification.

Click on the title above for more important information and instructions.

 

There has been a lot of talk over the last year about ACT vs. SAT, and with good reason. Last December, after 15 years of public institutions in the state offering the ACT, the government decided to sign a contract with SAT. After much consideration, Carmel Catholic will continue to encourage students to take the ACT. 

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