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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.


The corporate board consists of three BVMs and three Carmelites.  The BVM president and the Carmelite provincial (or their representatives) shall serve terms co-terminus with their term of office. The terms of membership of the remaining members shall be three years and two consecutive terms may be served. Among the duties of the corporate board, they have the power and authority over the following:

  • To approve any change in purpose, philosophy or objectives of Carmel Catholic High School.
  • To confirm the selection and removal of the president of Carmel Catholic High School.
  • To appoint directors to and remove directors from the board of directors.
  • To approve all other matters reserved to the members by law or not otherwise under the authority of the board of directors.


The purpose of the board of directors is to oversee the affairs of the school. The board of directors shall have at least 13, but no more than 19 voting members. The board of directors shall consist of at least two BVMs, two Carmelites and at least nine lay persons. The term of office for all directors shall be three years and two consecutive terms may be served. Among the many duties of the board of directors, they have the power and responsibility over the following:

  • Enact policies for the school which are consistent with the mission statement and bylaws of Carmel Catholic High School.
  • Coordinate long range planning and approve the advancement plan for the school.
  • Review and approve all plans for major physical renovation or improvement to the school.
  • Oversee the financial stability of the school, including approval of its annual budget.
  • Conduct an annual assessment of the president of Carmel Catholic High School and report the results to the corporate board.

The board of directors may establish standing or special committees from time to time as it shall deem necessary for the conduct of the school’s affairs in accordance with the bylaws. There are currently nine standing committees: building and grounds, committee on directors, advancement, finance, long range planning, program and student life, marketing and admissions, technology, and mission and Catholic identity. 

If you have any questions about our corporate board and/or board of directors, please contact Dr. Brad Bonham at or 847-388-3340.