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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.

Brief History 

Founded in 1962, Carmel Catholic is jointly sponsored by the Order of Carmelites (O.Carm.) and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM). In 1960, the Archdiocese of Chicago invited these two religious communities to build a co-institutional Catholic high school in Lake County. In September 1962, Carmel High School for Boys opened its doors to a freshmen class of 175 students. In September 1963, Carmel High School for Girls admitted students. In August 1988, the two schools merged and a separate corporation was established for the new co-educational school. For more than 50 years Carmel Catholic High School has been committed to providing a quality Catholic education and forming young men and women to make a positive impact in society.

The Order of Carmelites

The Carmelite Order traces its origin to hermits who settled on Mount Carmel in Palestine more than 800 years ago at the time of the Crusades. Ruins from that first foundation show that the early Carmelites led an eremetical lifestyle, living in individual dwellings which surrounded a chapel dedicated to Mary, the "Lady of the Place." 

These hermits consecrated themselves to “walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ,” that they might serve him, “clothed in the habit of religious poverty,” persevering “in holy penance” and forming a fraternal community. Sometime after 1206 these hermits asked the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Albert, to draw up a way of life, outlining how they might live in constant relationship to God. This rule is a formula for living that still influences the Carmelites' life today. With references to the scriptures throughout, it gives practical guidelines for those seeking the face of God in the ordinary things of life.

The Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, which sponsors Carmel Catholic High School, has foundations in Canada, the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, and Peru. Carmelites work in parishes, schools, universities and retreat centers as well as chaplains in hospitals, health care centers and Catholic organizations. Other Carmelites work in administration, formation and the media.

For additional information about the Carmelite Order, click here.
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Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Five Irish laywomen, Mary Frances Clarke, Margaret Mann, Rose O’Toole, Eliza Kelly and Catherine Byrne left Dublin to minister to the needs of immigrants in the United States. They arrived in Philadelphia in September 1833, and with the help of Reverend Terence J. Donaghoe, formed a religious Congregation which came to be known as the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVMs). In 1842, the sisters accepted Bishop Mathias Loras’ invitation to the remote Iowa Territory and by 1843 the total community of 19 had settled in Dubuque.  

In response to pressing needs of the day, these sisters began to establish schools and to teach in parishes. Mount Carmel in Dubuque remains their spiritual home but for more than 170 years the sisters of the BVM have developed ministries and served across the United States and abroad. Today, animated by the pioneering, prophetic and prayerful qualities that have characterized the Congregation from its founding, the BVMs minister in 20 states as well as in Ecuador and Ghana.

Spanning three centuries, the spirit of Mary Frances Clarke has inspired the life and mission of some 4,500 women pioneering in church and society. Going wherever needs are greatest, followers of Mary Frances Clarke still live out the Congregation’s core values: freedom, education, charity and justice.

For additional information about  the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, click here.