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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.

Entrance Exam Scholarships

A $1,500 award is given to 8th grade students who score in the 99th percentile locally on the Carmel Catholic Entrance Exam and a $750 award is given to 8th grade students who score in the 98th percentile locally on the Entrance Exam.  In order to be eligible for the Entrance Exam Scholarship, students must take the exam at Carmel Catholic High School on the official Archdiocesan Testing Day and students must complete Carmel Catholic's application and registration process.

Parish Offered Scholarships

Several of Carmel Catholic’s “feeder school” parishes award annual partial scholarships to incoming freshmen. The administration of each scholarship is unique. For additional information, please contact the individual parish. These scholarships include:

  • St. Joseph Parish Scholarship: a partial scholarship awarded annually to one male and one female incoming freshman from St. Joseph’s School in Libertyville.
  • The Gorman Sullivan, O Carm. Memorial Scholarship: a scholarship given to a registered member of St. Mary of Vernon Parish in Indian Creek. The parish Men’s Club administers the application process for the award and the Carmel Catholic Scholarship Committee selects the recipient.

Underrepresented Scholarships

Carmel Catholic High School’s Scholarship Program offers two scholarships for underrepresented students who have been accepted at Carmel Catholic High School as incoming freshmen. These include:

  • Mary Frances Clarke, BVM Scholarship: a $1,500* one-time award funded by the Sisters of Charity, BVM in gratitude to their Foundress.
  • Titus Brandsma Carmelite Scholarship: a $1,500* one-time award funded by the Carmelite Order.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Applicant must take the Entrance Exam at Carmel Catholic on the scheduled date.
  • Student must register for classes by date specified on application.
  • Student must belong to one of the following groups: Native American, Asian, African-American, or Hispanic.
  • Student must fulfill all fundraising requirements.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need by completing the FACTS Grant & Aid Application.
  • The student's application form, recommendation form, report card, and photograph must be submitted by the application deadline. 
 * Note: the amount of scholarship money offered each year varies. 

Archdiocesan Scholarship

The Quigley Scholars Program awards $2,500 annually to boys attending a Catholic High School who are discerning a call to the priesthood. The program includes formation sessions at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. Click here for more information.