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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.

Clubs and Activities

Extending the High School Experience Beyond the Classroom

Carmel Catholic High School offers more than just academics. Students have an opportunity to express themselves and excel in ministry, athletics, the arts and more. 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 extra-curricular activity and in fact, most students participate in several.

New Clubs in 2016-17

PAWed (People for Animal Welfare and Education)
PAWed is open to all students who love animals and desire to better the lives of animals. Students who are interested in veterinary medicine may be particularly drawn to this club as well as any one who wants to work or volunteer in the field of animal welfare.  

Byte Club
Byte Club focuses on career opportunities in technology and computer science. Opportunities for student members will include activites such as app design, coding lessons, field trips to local business and universities, and guest speakers from experts in the field. 

The purpose of DECAL club is to expose Carmel students to American Sign Language and the cultural aspects of the Deaf community.  Club members will learn basic sign language vocabulary and communication strategies and will have the opportunity to become enriched in the Deaf culture by attending off campus field trips to examine Deaf films, poetry, and theatrical performances.

Service-Oriented Clubs

Ambassadors Club
Ambassadors assist the Admissions Department in representing Carmel Catholic in recruitment and marketing events such as the 8th Grade Sports Night and Pizza Party, Open House, 8th Grade Dance, and grade school visits.  Members are selected seniors, juniors, and sophomores.  An Ambassador has strong school spirit, is prepared to speak in front of student and parent groups, demonstrates excellent leadership skills, and is committed to the community that Carmel Catholic serves.
Moderator: Mr. Stith

Broadcast Club
The Broadcast Club is open to all students. Students will learn the wide variety of skills needed to run a broadcast such as equipment set-up, diction for announcing, and time management.  The club operates over the entire academic year and covers a wide range of student activities. To access videos created by the Broadcast Club, click here.
Moderator: Mr. Franklin

Environmental Club
The Environmental Club is committed to studying, preserving and improving the current condition of our environmental and natural resources. It promotes responsible behaviors and sustainability at Carmel by promoting environmental awareness and the recycling of reusable materials such as batteries, textiles, plastic, glass and aluminum.
Moderator: Ms. Huntemann

Social Justice Club
Students gather to educate themselves and the Carmel community on social justice issues, to pray for these issues, and to participate in actions that bring about justice in the local, national and world community.
Moderator: Mr. Fitzgibbons

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
This group organizes, sponsors and facilitates a variety of school-wide prevention activities with the goal of helping students make healthy decisions.
Moderator: Mrs. Carlson

Academic Clubs

Art Club
The Art Club provides students with an opportunity to draw and paint in an informal setting. Students may work with various media such as pencil, colored pencil, ink, watercolor, and ceramics. There is a $10 fee. Membership is limited to the first 30 students who pay their fee.
Moderator: Ms. Mata

French Club

The French Club is an academic club, thus an extension of the French classroom.  Special events such as guest speakers, Mardi Gras celebration, and the St. Nicholas Day celebration are also scheduled.  Students visit a local French restaurant to enjoy French cuisine.
Moderator: Ms. Kurek

Harbinger Club
The Harbinger, published each May, is Carmel Catholic’s nationally recognized literary magazine. It is designed to give recognition to talented writers and to provide an opportunity for students to act as the editors and business staff of a literary magazine.
Moderator: Mrs. Meyer

Latin Club
The Latin Club is an academic club that provides students an opportunity to learn more about Latin outside of their regular studies. 
Moderators: Mrs. Bertaud and Mrs. Major

Math Team
The team competes in a variety of math contests both on campus and at other locations. Competitions are determined on an annual basis. Membership is by invitation only based on the entrance exam math score and/or the students GPA in math classes.
Moderators: Mrs. Pavelka, Mrs. Falkstrom, and Mrs. Bader

OUCH Club (Healthcare Careers)
OUCH provides opportunities for students to interact with and learn from medical professionals, see presentations on medical procedures and new discoveries in a variety of medical fields, and participate in a forum with those considering a medical career.  The club is open to all students.
Moderator: Mrs. Brennan

Robotics & Engineering
The Robotics and Engineering Club meets approximately every other week on Mondays after school in room SC9.  The club is in its first year; students are actively working on designing and building robots from kits and learning how to program the robots to perform specific tasks.  The club’s goal this year is to form teams who will work together well to design, build, and program a robot in order to hold an internal competition by the end of the school year.
Moderator: Ms. Trausch

Spanish Club
This club provides students with the opportunity to learn more about a world language and its native culture by celebrating holidays in the Mexican tradition, including typical foods and activities.  All students are welcome, whether or not they are enrolled in Spanish.
Moderator: Ms. Calby

Community Clubs

Anime Club
Anime Club is open to all students who wish to explore the art of Anime.  Once a month, members meet to draw, explore, view and enjoy Anime creations both in print and on film.
Moderator: Ms. Schwartz

Boosters II
Membership in Boosters II is open to all students. Boosters II promotes active participation of students in athletics and social activities. The primary events Boosters II sponsors are pep rallies and spirit week activities.
Moderators: Mr. Hendricks and Ms. Kurek

Bowling Club
The Bowling Club is open to all students. Teams or individuals may sign up beginning in mid-October. The club meets weekly at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein from November through February. Students pay a fee for games and trophies.
Moderator: Ms. Pohl

Diversity Club
Diversity Club promotes respect for the uniqueness and culture of each person as well as promoting global awareness. Members of the club engage in a variety of activities throughout the year which include charity work, collaborating with other clubs, learning about worldwide cultures, hearing from guest speakers, and celebrating diversity.
Moderators: Ms. Nickols and Mr. Emerson

Film Club
Film Club is open to all students and meets at least once a month to view, discuss and enjoy the art of film.
Moderator: Mrs. Donohoo

Game Club
The Game Club provides students the opportunity to play traditional board games, card games, Wii games and others. Students meet once a month and new members are always welcome to join the club.
Moderator: Mrs. Norton

This program provides students with enjoyable opportunities to utilize their learned skills in actual competitive situations. There are places for all students, regardless of the degree of skill development, age, or field of specialization. There is a $1 entry fee for each student per sport. The seasons and their sports are: September-October – Ultimate Frisbee; November – Dodgeball; January-March – Basketball.
Moderators: Mr. Pazely and Mr. Solarz

Orchesis is a Greek word meaning “to dance.”  The Orchesis Club provides opportunities for students to choreograph, rehearse, and perform dances of many styles and genres.  The club meets from late February until mid-May and is open to all students.
Moderator: Ms. Valentine

Photography Club
The photography club meets monthly to view and discuss pictures, taken professionally and by club members, on a specific theme or photography. The photography is primarily centered on digital photos although film is also welcome to be used.
Moderator: Ms. Murczek

Interscholastic Clubs

Chess Team
The Chess Team provides an opportunity for students interested in competitive, interscholastic IHSA chess. Team membership and placement is determined by a series of preseason tryouts. Size is limited to eight active members and a limited number of alternates. Practice is vigorous, mentally stimulating, and may involve suggested readings. No prior competitive experience necessary.
Moderator: Ms. Geary

Mock Trial
The Mock Trial Team promotes effective communication skills by having students participate in the Illinois state high school mock trial competition sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). Tryouts for the team occur during the fall semester. Students are expected to attend evening practice sessions. In the spring semester, the team will compete in regional mock trial competitions. The team finishes its season with the ISBA High School Mock Trial Competition at the University of Illinois/Springfield held annually in March.
Moderator: Mr. Nutschnig and Mr. Waddle

Scholastic Bowl
Scholastic Bowl is a competitive team activity that sets many of our best students against other high schools in a game of knowledge and academic skills. Questions used in Scholastic Bowl come from all high school courses, as well as in the fields of sports and trivia. Tryouts are held at the beginning of the school year. Scholastic Bowl competes at the JV (freshman/sophomore) and Varsity (junior/senior) levels.
Varsity and JV Moderators: Mr. SchusterMr. Rafferty, and Ms. Trausch

WYSE Academic Team
The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Team participates in a series of competitive exams covering various topics ranging from biology to English. Competition occurs in three stages: Regional, Sectional, and State. Advancement is dependent both on team and individual superior level of academic excellence in their respective subjects.
Moderators: Ms. Huntemann and Mr. Miller

Youth & Government Club
Youth & Government is open to all students interested in participating in a mock legislative process. The club is assigned a topic for research and has as its project the formulation of a piece of legislation. Club members compete in a mock legislative session at the state capital in Springfield, IL.
Moderators: Mr. Ptacek and Mrs. Nelson

Student Council & Honor Societies

Student Council

This organization promotes leadership skills and builds open communication between the administration, the faculty, and the student body. The Student Council also fosters school spirit by sponsoring dances, socials, and charitable events such as food drives and blood drives, and contributes to other charitable causes. Membership in the Student Council is open to all students who meet the established criteria set forth in the Student Council Constitution and the following: a candidate should be a character role model for the student body (discerned from school disciplinary records and teacher’s recommendations) and have at least a 78 average in each subject (verified by the registrar).
Moderator: Mr. Donner

French National Honor Society
Membership in the French National Honor Society is offered to students who meet the criteria established for the FNHS by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students are eligible for consideration after completing three semesters of French at the Honors level, or five at the Standard or mixed Honors/Standard level. Membership is based on semester grades in French. For additional information, please see your French teacher.
Moderator: Ms. Kurek

Latin National Honor Society 
Membership in the Latin National Honor Society is offered to students who meet the criteria established for the LNHS by the National Junior Classical League. For information on requirements for membership, please see your Latin teacher.
Moderator: Mrs. Bertaud and Mrs. Major

Mu Alpha Theta
Membership in Mu Alpha Theta is for juniors and seniors who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.35 and who have earned no grade lower than B in any college preparatory high school math course. Members of this organization provide leadership and service to Carmel Catholic High School in the field of mathematics.
Moderator: Mr. Rank

National Business Honor Society
The National Business Honor Society at Carmel Catholic High School recognizes outstanding students in the business education program.  It is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of the national organization. There are four criteria for eligibility.  These are:  seniority (only juniors or seniors may apply), an overall GPA of 3.0 or above, a GPA of 3.5 or above in business education classes, and completion of at least three business classes (or may be in enrolled in the third business education class).  Member students attend monthly meetings and participate in business competitions and service-based projects. 
Moderator: Mrs. Lindgren

National Honor Society
The National Honor Society Chapter of Carmel Catholic High School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership in National Honor Society is offered to juniors and seniors who meet the criteria established for the NHS by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. These are: scholarship (cumulative GPA of 3.35 or above), leadership (evidence presented by potential members in their application for admission), service (verified by evidence of participation in school and community service), and character (discerned from school disciplinary records and from past and present teachers).
Moderators: Ms. Daluga and Ms. Hannan

National Chinese Honor Society
The National Chinese Honor Society recognizes student high scholastic achievement.  Members exemplify standards in good character, leadership, and service. The society's goal is to promote enthusiasm for Chinese Language learning and culture, commitment to advanced study and greater cross-cultural understanding.
Moderators: Mr. Cannuli

Spanish National Honor Society
Membership in the Spanish National Honor Society is offered to students who meet the criteria for the SNHS by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Students are eligible for consideration after completing three semsters of Spanish at the Honors level, or five at the Standard or mixed Honors/Standard level. For additional information, see your Spanish teacher.
Moderator: Ms. Perkinson

Thespian Honor Society
Students that are chosen for membership in the Thespian Honor Society must qualify based on a point scale established by the International Thespian Society. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for membership.
Moderator: Mrs. Sebastiano

Tri-M Music Honor Society
Students chosen for membership must meet the following requirements: have been or are currently enrolled in a music ensemble and/or class for at least one semester; be of excellent character; Exhibit a good attitude toward teachers and fellow students; be cooperative and helpful in their classes; maintain for the previous semester an 88% in music; maintain for the previous semester an 88% average in other academic subjects.
Moderator: Mr. Parry

Pilot Clubs in 2016-17

Right to Life Club 

Blues Club