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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 6  |  Governance and Advancement

Goal 1. Foster a pervasive culture of philanthropy by increasing the number of donors and dollars raised by 5% each by 2020.

  • Objective 1.1 Increase alumni donor participation and donations by 20% by 2020.
  • Objective 1.2. Develop a plan and goal for promoting and expanding planned gifts.
  • Objective 1.3. Increase annual and endowed funds for scholarships and financial assistance to support enrollment management goals on an ongoing basis.
  • Objective 1.4. Re-examine Street Scenes and Walkathon as the primary student-based fundraising efforts and make recommendations to the board of directors.

Goal 2. Begin plans for a capital campaign based on the campus master plan.

  • Objective 2.1. Identify and prioritize the goals from the campus master plan and Catholic identity subcommittees.
  • Objective 2.2. Develop plans for a feasibility study. 

Goal 3. Review affordability of a Carmel Catholic education for all families and present a report to the board of directors.

  • Objective 3.1. Review tuition pricing policies and financial assistance availability and present a report to the board of directors.

Goal 4. Review the staffing structure of the advancement department and report to the president.

  • Objective 4.1. Assess the return-on-investment f hiring a full-time major gifts officer and report to the president.

Goal 5. Review Carmel Catholic's current depreciation investment policies and possibly revise to ensure that we can continue to fund campus needs.

  • Objective 5.1. Review depreciation investment policies.

Goal 6. Revise Carmel Catholic's bylaws within one year of ad hoc committee and subject to corporate board approval.

  • Objective 6.1. Review and rewrite bylaws to make the full document cohesive.
  • Objective 6.2. Examine revised standards for becoming a member of the board.
  • Objective 6.3. Examine revised standards for remaining a member of the board.
  • Objective 6.4. Examine terms of more than one year for board officers.

Goal 7. Develop succession plans for board of directors and key school administrative staff to be considered at the board meeting.

  • Objective 7.1. Develop a board succession plan.
  • Objective 7.2. Develop succession plans for the roles of president, principal, business manager, director of OIA, admissions director, building engineer, and marketing director.