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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.

Shuttle and Bus Transportation

Bus Transportation

Carmel Catholic offers a comprehensive, subsidized transportation plan for students. In addition to the PACE and Metra train routes currently available, the following bus routes are available for morning pick-up and afternoon drop off:

Wauconda/Mundelein Township
Barrington/Lake Zurich
Antioch/Ingleside/Lake Villa
Beach Park/Wadsworth/Gurnee
Buffalo Grove
Lake Forest
Mundelein Train Station (AM only)

All routes are subject to subscription and a minimal participation fee. Exact pick-up/drop off locations and route times will be determined after the subscription deadline.

Mundelein and Libertyville High School Districts

Carmel students are transported by the local high school district bus from their neighborhood to the public school. They are then transported to Carmel. The process is reversed in the afternoon. There is no charge for this service. This service runs on days when the public high school is in session. The Mundelein bus routes will bring students to the west side of Mundelein High School. The shuttle bus will stay until 7:30 AM when it will leave for Carmel. In the afternoon, the Mundelein Shuttle will pick up at the Salvi Arena at 3:05 PM and will take the students back to Mundelein for their afternoon routes. The Libertyville bus routes will bring students to the Libertyville campus between 7:15 AM & 7:25 AM. Walkers or students driven to Libertyville must arrive at Libertyville before 7:30 AM to use this service. The Libertyville Shuttle will be stationed in back of the building and will leave at 7:30 AM to bring students to Carmel. This bus should arrive at Carmel at 7:40 AM. There will be NO afternoon service to Libertyville High School and NO morning or afternoon service to Vernon Hills High School because of time conflicts.

Mundelein Train Station Shuttle

This is an AM shuttle service only from the Mundelein Train Station to Carmel. There are two pickup times from the Mundelein Station, one is at 6:32 AM and the second pickup time is at 7:13 AM. This van shuttle service will run with a subscription of 20 students. This shuttle service will have a subscription fee. 

Click here to access our 2017-2018 transportation form.

PACE and Metra Transportation

Students residing in the Fox Lake, Ingleside, Round Lake, Highland Park and Deerfield areas have several options in regard to public transportation. They may take the Metra North Line from the community train station to Libertyville and then transfer to PACE Route 574 to come to Carmel. Students residing in the Antioch, Lake Villa, Round Lake Beach, Prairie Crossing/Libertyville areas may take the North Central Service train to the Mundelein station and either walk, use PACE 572/574, or use the shuttle service to get to Carmel.

Pace transportation is available from the following communities:
Fox Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Hainesville, Libertyville, Mundelein, North Chicago, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake, Waukegan and Zion.

For information regarding PACE, please call 847-364-7223 for information or visit their web site at

Metra transportation is available from the following communities:
Antioch, Lake Villa, Round Lake Beach, Prairie Crossing (Libertyville), Fox Lake, Round Lake, Highland Park, Deerfield and Ingleside.

For information regarding Metra train schedules, please call 312-322-6777 or visit their web site at

Click here to access our 2017-2018 transportation form.

If you have any questions about any of these options, please contact Jerry Rejc, Director of Transportation at 847-388-3442 or Brian Stith, Director of Admissions at 847-388-3320.