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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.

Strategic Plan  |  Goal Area 1  |  Academics

Goal 1: Develop and begin implementation of a plan to academically differentiate Carmel Catholic from public high schools.

  • Objective 1.1. Create a process for exploring and suggesting other additions to the curriculum on an ongoing basis and report to the CCHS president.
  • Objective 1.2. Explore an experiential education with the surrounding community and provide a report to the CCHS president.
  • Objective 1.3. Develop a plan for creation of a capstone program for seniors and report to the CCHS president for implementation.
  • Objective 1.4. If included in the buildings and grounds master plan: Develop a plan for the creation of science hands-on learning opportunities on campus.
  • Objective 1.5. Launch incubator program.
  • Objective 1.6. Create dual credit courses and expand into zero hour classes.
  • Objective 1.7. Expand the STEM Program and evaluate annually.
  • Objective 1.8. Begin application process to establish an International Baccalaureate Program at Carmel.
  • Objective 1.9. Re-institute driver’s education classes.
  • Objective 1.10. Create an ACT/SAT program built within the curriculum.
  • Objective 1.11. Increase exposure of academic program through national recognition programs on an ongoing basis.
  • Objective 1.12. Review and revise the school schedule to better accommodate academic and student life programs and electives for implementation.
  • Objective 1.13. Research and recommend an academic program for International Student Enrollment Academics.
  • Objective 1.14. Create a system to establish a foundation for studying, test taking, organizing, note taking, and learning style for our students.

Goal 2: Develop and maintain a professional development program for faculty and administrative staff.

  • Objective 2.1. Establish a professional development program that is transparent, unbiased, and supportive for all faculty and staff to be implemented and updated annually.

Goal 3: Strengthen academic support programs.

  • Objective 3.1. Develop and present a written plan for Serna.
  • Objective 3.2. Develop and present a four-year written plan for School Counseling.
  • Objective 3.3. Develop and present a written plan for College Counseling. 

Goal 4: Implement growth initiatives as outlines in the AdvancED Accreditation reports.

  • Objective 4.1. Develop and implement strategies in accordance with AdvancEd accreditation report.