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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.

There are three “columns” on Carmel Catholic's athletic eligibility list:

  • Athlete
  • Athletic Probation
  • Athletic Ineligibility

It is only possible for a student-athlete to move one column at a time in either direction per week. A student cannot go from Athlete to Athletic Ineligibility in one week, without going through a week of being on Athletic Probation. Neither can a student go from Athletic Ineligibility to being Athlete in one week.

If a teacher wishes to move a student down a column, certain criteria must be met:

  • To place a student on Athletic Probation, the teacher must indicate that the student is performing at D or worse in the course for the quarter at that point.
    The teacher may keep the student on Athletic Probation for as long as the student is performing at D or worse level. It is possible for student to be on Athletic probation for an entire semester.
  • To maintain a student on Athletic Probation, the teacher must submit the student’s name each week on the Eligibility Form.
    The teacher must indicate in the explanation column on the Eligibility Form the reason for the student’s borderline status, e.g. failing a test, not turning in assignments, inadequate work, etc.
  • If a student’s name is not turned in by any teacher for a given week, that student’s name returns to the Athlete column.

To place a student on Athletic Ineligibility column:

  • The student must ALREADY be in the Athletic Probation column for that class.
  • The student must be receiving an “F” for the quarter at that point.
  • The teacher must indicate the “Missed Opportunity” for improving the grade for which the student failed to take advantage (e.g. failing a test, failure to turn assignments, failure to meet with tutor, etc.)
  • The teacher must make a reasonable attempt to contact the parent(s) and inform them of the student’s performance.
  • The student must complete a “Plan for Improvement” which is approved by the teacher, detailing what steps the student will take to rectify the problem and get off the Athletic Ineligibility column.
  • If there is no opportunity for student to improve the grade, the student will return to the Athletic Probation column.


  • Athletic Probation
    • Whenever a student is placed on Athletic Probation by a teacher, the Athletic Director’s Office will relay this information to
      the student, the coach and the Guidance Office.
    • A student may remain on Athletic Probation as long as student is in academic danger.
    • If a student is placed on Athletic Probation by three teachers in any given week, the Athletic Director will check with those teachers to determine actual grade percentages, which may affect eligibility (per IHSA rules).
  • Athletic Ineligibility
    • Whenever a student is placed on Athletic Ineligibility by a teacher, the Athletic Director’s Office will relay this information to the student,
      the coach, the Guidance Office, the Assistant Principal and the parent (by way of follow up call or letter).
    • If student is placed on Athletic Ineligibility for a single teacher, that student may not participate in any interscholastic athletic games for the calendar week.

Failing Semester/Quarter:

  • Quarter Failure
    • If an athlete fails the quarter he/she will be ineligible for the first week of athlete competition the following quarter.
    • If an athlete fails two quarter classes then the athlete will be ineligible for the first two weeks of athletic competition the following quarter.
    • If the athlete fails three classes in the quarter he/she will be dismissed from the team or not be able to tryout for the next season.
  • 1st Semester Failure (same as Quarter Failure)
  • 2nd Semester Failure
    • If athlete fails a 2nd Semester course, that student must take summer school courses to be allowed back into school so that athlete will be eligible