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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.


D A I L Y  B U L L E T I N

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Purchase Football Season Tickets
Corsair football fans have the opportunity to reserve seating at Baker Stadium for all home football games! With your season pass, you enjoy the convenience of a separate entry and a reserved seat. Click here to learn more.

Athletics Fall 2017 Tryout Schedule
Please click here to view the Fall 2017 athletics tryout schedule.

Summer Assignments for 2017-18 Courses
Summer assignments for 2017-18 courses are available on the Summer Work 2017 site. Click here to view course requirements. The Summer Work 2017 link is also available on the Parent/Student Portal. While many courses do require summer work, most do not. It is the student's responsibility to complete this work according to the posted deadline. If you have questions about summer work, please email the appropriate teacher or department chairperson.

Enroll in Driver's Education at Carmel Catholic
Carmel Catholic offers driver’s education through Fresh Green Light, an Illinois DMV Certified Driver Education Program. The basic program meets all of the Illinois DMV requirements for issuance of a driver’s license and includes eight hours of private, behind-the-wheel lessons, and 30 hours of classroom instruction taught at Carmel Catholic.

Message from the School Nurse
The school nurse has important information for students and parents regarding vaccines, medication and emergency action plans. Click the headline above for details.

Book Lists for 2017-18 School Year
The 2017-18 Carmel Catholic Book List and Do Not Purchase/Discontinued Book List are now available. Click the headline above to view these lists, along with other documents that will help you through the book buying process.

Work With Carmel IT This Summer
Students: If you would like to hone or learn new IT skills, consider working with the Carmel Student IT Team over the summer. You will get the chance to work with Chromebooks, Macs and Windows PCs, all while improving your troubleshooting skills. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Mr. Schultz at

New Christian Service Program for 2017-18
The new Christian Service program began in June! Click the headline above to find out details about the new program. Current students must have completed their 40 required hours for this year to begin the new program. Incoming freshmen may begin counting service hours starting on June 15. If you are not sure the hours will count, email Sr. Kathleen at with details regarding the organization and the service they are needing.

Harbinger Literary Magazine Now Available
The 2017 Harbinger Literary Magazine is now available. Harbinger is composed of poetry, prose, original artwork, and photographs from current students. Entries were submitted to a submissions committee of students and the moderator who together made the final selection after reviewing the entries. Click the headline above to view Harbinger.

Donate Film Cameras to Carmel
Do you have a 35mm manual SLR film camera sitting around at home collecting dust? Consider donating it to Carmel’s Photography program! Your donation will directly assist Carmel students with their learning experience by providing enough camera for all to use at once, rather than taking turns or requiring them to purchase their own. Not sure if you have the right camera to donate? Email Ms. Murczek.

Support Carmel Catholic Through Your Shopping
An often overlooked way to support Carmel Catholic takes advantage of retailers and their support of our school through your shopping. When you take a few easy steps to register, businesses such as Amazon Smile, Heinen's and more will donate a percentage of your purchases back to us. This is support you can send our way for the shopping you are already doing! Click the headline above for details.

Fundraising Opportunity for Carmel Athletic Club
Narrative Gallery is proud to present original paintings and limited edition prints commemorating the defining moments of the Cubs World Series victory. For each print purchased, 20 percent of the acquisition price will go directly to the Carmel Athletic Club! Click the headline above for details.

Tune in to the Carmel Digital Network
See our students in action! Subscribe to the Carmel Digital Network's YouTube channel to watch sports, masses, guest speakers, and coming soon, morning announcements. Listen to the morning and afternoon announcements by visiting our SoundCloud page.

Financial Assistance for 2017-18
Carmel Catholic High School is able to offer financial assistance to families who qualify. We ask all interested families to complete an online application every year. If possible, please submit your application by April 1. Financial aid applications completed by early April will be reviewed for consideration first; this may enhance your chances for receiving financial aid. Only students who have completed the registration process at Carmel Catholic will be considered for financial assistance. Click here to access the FACTS Grant & Aid Application. Click here to access additional information on financial assistance. If you need further assistance, please contact the business office at 847-388-3336.

Carmel Summer 2017
This summer, Carmel Catholic High School is offering academic credit courses for students in grades 9-12, enrichment camps for students in grades 1-12, and athletic camps for students in grades K-12. New this year - register for an academic credit course for the opportunity to have STUDY HALL during the 2017-18 school year; save $50 on an academic credit course, if you register before May 5; if you register for health and PE at the same time, the total price will be $900. Click here to learn more and register. If you need assistance with registration, please contact Mrs. Gille, registrar, at

Juniors - College Selection Process
Counselors are meeting with juniors and their parents to help guide them through the college selection process. Click here to view our Class of 2018 College Planning Guide.   

There has been a lot of talk over the last year about ACT vs. SAT, and with good reason. Last December, after 15 years of public institutions in the state offering the ACT, the government decided to sign a contract with SAT. After much consideration, Carmel Catholic will continue to encourage students to take the ACT. 

Enroll in EFT Sports Performance Program
EFT Sports Performance is a world-class training program that caters to a wide variety of clientele, including professional athletes, collegiate/elite high school athletes, corporate executives and adults. Click on the title above to hear more about how students and parents can take advantage of this unique program.

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Carmel Catholic Voted Best Private School
Carmel Catholic has won the Daily Herald Readers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2017. More than 30,000 people voted and chose Carmel Catholic for Best Private School. Thank you to those who voted for our school.

Phoebe Paslaski '18 Selected for Illinois High School Theatre Festival All-State Production
Phoebe Paslaski '18 has been selected for the 2018 Illinois High School Theatre Festival All-State production of Big Fish. There were several hundred high school students from across the state that auditioned over the course of several weeks. This makes seven students in the last 10 years who have received the honor of being a part of this production and representing Carmel.

Girls' Track Members Earn All-State Status
Congratulations to Emily Silge '18 and Aileen Hull '18 for earning All-State status at the Girls' State Track Meet, May 18-20.

Carmel Catholic Named CRS Global High School, Two Students Receive Global Advocate Award
Catholic Relief Services has honored Carmel Catholic for valuable partnership and participation in the CRS Global High School Program as a Silver Level School for the 2016-17 academic year. The CRS Global High School Program strengthens Catholic high schools in the United States, encourages students into active global citizenship and engages the entire school community in the mission of Catholic social teaching. To become a Silver Level School, a school must meet certain criteria. Carmel Catholic's service includes participating in the CRS Rice Bowl campaign, holding a rosary for world peace and having an active Catholic Social Justice Club. Additionally, two Carmel seniors, Grace May and Brendan Mason, were named Global Advocates for their outstanding commitment to the poor and vulnerable overseas having served as an example to the school community of missionary discipleship, servant leadership and passion for global solidarity.

Senior Named to Daily Herald Academic Team, Another Receives Honorable Mention
Congratulations to Samantha Dickmann '17, who was named to the 2016-17 Lake County Academic Team, and to Abigail Hunt '17, who received an honorable mention. The team recognizes high school seniors who excel in academics, but who have also exhibited a sincere commitment to their fellow students and the community at large. Public and private schools from around Lake County nominated up to two students each. Click the headline above to read an article featuring profiles of the winning team members.

Students Visit BVM Sisters in Dubuque
After more than 50 years, the influence of the school's founding orders, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) and the Carmelites, is still alive at Carmel Catholic High School. To celebrate their vital contribution and renew our commitment to understanding our founders, Carmel Catholic has begun a program to regularly visit the BVMs and Carmelites. On April 27, 13 students traveled to Dubuque, Iowa to visit the BVM sisters at their home, Mount Carmel. Click the headline to learn more.

Graphic Design Students Design Catholic Charities’ Anniversary T-Shirts
This May, Catholic Charities, one of the largest private, nonprofit social service agencies in the Midwest, is celebrating 100 years of service in the Chicagoland area. Students in Graphic Design 2 are helping celebrate this occasion by designing Catholic Charities’ anniversary t-shirts. After researching and sketching up ideas, the students finalized approximately 20 designs which reflect the mission of the organization. Click the headline above to learn more.

Faculty Member Wins Heart of the School Award
Mrs. Sharon Smogor, Social Studies faculty member, was selected to receive the Archdiocese of Chicago’s 2017 Heart of Connection, Heart of the School Award. Recipients of this award recognize that their school is part of a greater community, and actively seek to build connections with the community and the school. Through successful outreach to parishes, universities and/or other organizations, awardees consistently leverage outside resources to support the school, while enabling the school to benefit the surrounding community. Click the headline above to learn more.

Fr. Bob Carroll Joins ESCC Hall of Fame
Former Carmel Principal Fr. Bob Carroll (1994-2008) was inducted into the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame on April 6. Click the headline above to read an article published by the Chicago Tribune.

Right-to-Life Pilgrimage
Carmel Catholic High School is once again taking a group of seniors to Washington, DC for the Right-to-Life Pilgrimage on January 27. Often thought of and referred to as the March for Life, the event is actually much more than just the advocacy to stop legalized abortion. The pilgrimage includes two rallies that consist of speakers, Christian Rock performers, and special prayers; the evening rally has adoration and the morning rally has Mass.

Carmel Gymnasts focus on details to make the most of special season
The Corsairs are one of the area's most talented gymnastics teams this winter. Carmel's roster has six seniors, almost all of whom have been varsity gymnasts for at least three seasons. The result is an unmistakable fellowship among the athletes.

Visual Arts Students Partner With Catholic Charities to Create Display
A group of Carmel Catholic’s most talented and dedicated visual artists partnered with Catholic Charities Diaper Depot to create a stunning display on the First Bank of Highland Park’s Ruth Fell Wander Community Art Wall.

Carmel Crossroads: Corsairs are on the Air
A show that started from one small idea by the man of broadcasting has turned into a fun Friday talk show that will be shown during lunch. Mr. Franklin, the teacher of the broadcasting classes and the moderator of the broadcasting club, came up with an idea of creating a live show for students. “I always kind of wanted to do a live show,” Mr. Franklin said. Senior Allie Roder is the host of the show.

Carmel Crossroads: Drop In Anytime
It’s no secret that our generation is overwhelmed. If we’re not up all night studying for a biology test, trying to figure out how to assemble the innards of an animal cell, then we’re at the soup kitchen for five hours. Finding a balance between the slew of sports we play, the endless AP and honors classes we enroll in, and the recommended eight hours of sleep we’re supposed to get each night can start to feel like performing a circus act. 

De Keyser '18 Earns Poetry Award
Congratulations to Celia De Keyser '18 for earning second place in poetry at the Creative Writing Festival held at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater! 

Seabright '18 Represents District at Music Festival
Katrina Seabright '18 recently participated in the Illinois Music Educators District VII Music Festival at Crystal Lake Central High School.

Carmel Crossroads: Prayers for America
Carmel Catholic ministry has just wrapped up a nine-day novena dedicated to Mary of the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of the United States of America. These prayer services also supported the 2016 election and its candidates. Read more in Carmel Crossroads.

Special Guests Join Carmel for Mass
On Tuesday, October 4, Carmel Catholic celebrated Mass as a community. The day was not only the feast of St. Francis, but also the "name day" for Mary Frances Clark, BVM, Foundress of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

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Upcoming Events

Monday, August 14, 2017

First Full Day of School
Monday, August 14

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

All-School Mass
Tuesday, August 15, 9:25 a.m., Salvi Arena

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