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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.

Carmel students are required to perform Christian service during their high school years. In doing so, they will make an impact on every level of society, near and far. Members of our founding orders, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Order of Carmelites, have given centuries of service to those in need through the imitation of Christ and his Blessed Mother, Mary. Our students continue this tradition with acts of service in a wide variety of settings so that the love and compassion of Christ may transform our world today.



“So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” James 2:17.

  • Service is a way of life for the BVMs and Carmelites.
  • Carmel students continue this tradition of service through the Christian Service program.
  • Carmel students will make an impact on every level of society, near and far, through acts of service.
  • Service is given through charitable non-profits where the students’ gifts and skills meet the needs of the community.


Types of Service


The type of service that a student does should make use of their God-given gifts and skills, take them outside their comfort zone once in a while, and offer them an opportunity that allows for reflection on their experiences. Service must be done through a charitable nonprofit, not through direct service to individuals such as family, friends or neighbors. Any combination of core and support hours may count toward the total required hours. Only a certain amount of Carmel hours may count toward a student's total required hours.


CORE service is characterized by giving service person-to-person to someone who is poor, vulnerable, or marginalized in the eyes of society. Examples of core service hours:

  • Service to the hungry and homeless
  • Companionship for the elderly at homes for the poor
  • Working with people with special needs
  • Coaching athletics for underprivileged children

SUPPORT service is work that assists in alleviating suffering in another without being done person-to-person. Examples of support service hours:

  • Packing food for the hungry
  • Fundraisers for chronic and terminal diseases
  • Working at local elementary or middle schools
  • Working civic (municipality) events

CARMEL service is done to support and enhance the mission of the school. These hours reflect the love and loyalty we have to the institution and the ongoing self-giving of community members first displayed by the sisters, brothers, and priests of the founding orders. Examples of Carmel service hours:

  • Open House
  • Street Scenes
  • Summer camps
  • Crew for theater productions

Program Requirements


Class of 2018

Service requirement: minimum of 25 total hours served

Carmel hours maximum: 10 hours


Deadline: May 1, 2018


Class of 2019

Service requirement: minimum of 50 total hours served

Carmel hours maximum: 20 hours


Junior year deadline and hours due: May 1, 2018 - 25 hours

Senior year deadline and total hours due: May 1, 2019 - 50 hours (cumulative)


Class of 2020

Service requirement: minimum of 75 total hours served

Carmel hours maximum: 30 hours


Sophomore year deadline and hours due: May 1, 2018 - 25 hours

Junior year deadline and hours due: May 1, 2019 - 50 hours (cumulative)

Senior year deadline and total hours due: May 1, 2020 - 75 hours (cumulative)


Class of 2021


Hours: 100 total hours served over four years. Any combination of core and support hours may count toward the 100 hours. Students may count up to 40 hours of Carmel service hours toward the total hours served. 


Deadlines: The yearly deadline for Christian Service hours is May 1.


Freshman year: minimum of 25 total hours served
Sophomore year: minimum of 50 total hours served

Junior year: minimum of 75 total hours served

Senior year: all 100 hours must be served by May 1 of senior year


Additional Information


Transfer student hours will be prorated in proportion to their year of transfer.


Banking hours: Banking hours refers to the practice of serving hours in advance of the yearly deadline. Banking hours is encouraged.


Tracking hours: Students may sign up for service, log hours served, get hours approved and write reflections on their service experience(s) through our online volunteer system, x2VOL (time to volunteer). Student training and activation for online system will occur during orientation days in August 2017.


Reflection: Reflection questions are answered in the online system for personal reflection, as well as capturing stories and experiences for later use in applications for university admission, scholarships and awards.


View the Christian Service Program overview.


For questions, please contact Sister Kathleen Sinclair, BVM, Director of Christian Service, or 847.388.3342.