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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.


All students will wear a uniform top, uniform dress pants, appropriate shoes with socks and the Carmel Catholic name tag. Young women may wear the uniform skirt in place of the uniform pants. Lands’ End Company is the uniform provider for Carmel Catholic students; all uniform items must be purchased from Lands’ End with Carmel Catholic approved logos. The uniform top is a solid colored Lands’ End Carmel Catholic logo dress or polo shirt, available in various styles and colors. Shirts must be worn tucked in and buttoned. A Lands’ End Carmel Catholic logo sweater, fleece, sweatshirt or hoodie may be worn over the Carmel Catholic logo shirt. These are also available in various styles and colors. The uniform pants have a Carmel Catholic logo and are available in various styles and colors. Pants must be worn at the waist and pant length may be no longer than one inch above the floor. The uniform skirt is a navy or gray box-pleat skirt with the Carmel Catholic logo. The uniform skirt must be worn at the waist and it may not be rolled at the waist. The uniform skirt must worn to the knee. No belts or other accessories may be worn on the skirt. 

As a student grows or if the uniform items wear out, uniform clothing items must be replaced so that the uniform fits appropriately and looks professional. This may require a purchase of new uniform items. 

A solid color T-shirt may be worn under the required dress top. Sweaters may not be worn tied around the waist. Extremes in appearance, including excessive or garish-looking jewelry, and extreme hairstyles such as mohawk hairstyles, dreadlocks, shaved areas of the head, unnatural hair coloring, two-tone and "ombre" hair coloring are never allowed. Tattoos must be covered and piercings other than earrings are not permitted and may not be worn. Young men may wear earrings only on casual dress days. Young men must keep their hair neat and trimmed and no longer than collar length. Beards and mustaches are not allowed. Sideburns should be no lower than the bottom of the ear. 

The following listed items are never acceptable: long sleeve shirts under short sleeve shirts, mini-skirts, over-sized pants, hip- hugger pants, neck or headscarves, thigh-high stockings, fish-net stockings, leg-warmers, leggings, and wallet chains. Torn clothes, pants with torn or ragged hems or split seams at the hem, pants or skirts that are not hemmed, or clothing that has been written upon may not be worn. Outdoor apparel, including jackets, coats, vests, hats, neck or head scarves are not to be worn during the school day. Hats must be removed when the student enters the building. 

Footwear worn by students must:

  • Be neutral in color
  • Be intended for indoor and outdoor use
  • Be closed toe
  • Not have a heel of more than two inches in height
  • Not be destructive or damaging to the floor
  • Not be torn or in obvious disrepair

Although casual boots and athletic shoes are permitted, dress shoes are preferred. The following items may not be worn: flip flops, garden boots, rain boots, or snow boots. Socks should be visible above the shoe.

For additional information on the dress code, please refer to the Student Handbook. Uniforms can be ordered on the Lands' End ordering page.