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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.

Admissions Events

Upcoming Events

Entrance Exam 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

All students entering ninth grade should take the Entrance Exam, which will be administered on Saturday, December 2 at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is required. A link to pre-register will be provided on Saturday, November 18. 

Shadow Days

To get a firsthand look at Carmel Catholic, we encourage prospective students to spend a day with us for Carmel's most popular program. During a Shadow Day, visiting students are paired with a Carmel student for the day and get to follow that student through his or her classes. We have found that visitors who participate in this unique Shadow Day experience are less apprehensive about their impending high school experience. 

Shadow Day visits begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 1:45 p.m. Visiting students will receive a free lunch in the cafeteria, along with fun giveaways at the end of their visit! 

Check back in the fall to register for 2017-18 Shadow Day visits.

Personal Tour

By Appointment

A personal tour can be scheduled most days, Monday-Friday. Tours last approximately an hour and can be arranged by completing a Tour Request Form or by contacting Brian Stith, Director of Admissions at 847.388.3320.

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Fine Arts and Athletics Events

Throughout the Year

To become more familiar with the excellent programs that Carmel Catholic provides, we invite you to attend all fine arts performances and athletics events held during the school year. 

Open House

Sunday, November 5, 2017, Noon-3 p.m.

Prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend our annual Open House. Faculty, staff, school administrators, and current students will be available to answer questions as you explore our campus and current offerings. Learn more about Carmel's unique high school experience, including programs that support academic, social, and spiritual growth. A link to pre-register will be provided closer to the date.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Stith, Director of Admissions at 847-388-3320 or