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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.

Admissions FAQs
Is transportation available?

Carmel Catholic offers a comprehensive, subsidized transportation plan for students. In addition to the PACE and Metra train routes currently available, Carmel bus routes are available for morning pick-up and afternoon drop off. For more information about transportation options, click here.

What is the cost of tuition at Carmel Catholic?
Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year has been set at $11,650. There are a number of payment options available for managing your tuition account.
Is financial aid available?
Carmel Catholic has a financial aid assistance program available to families who qualify. For the 2016-17 school year, Carmel Catholic awarded more than $1.2 million in financial assistance. Upon completion of the admissions application, families applying for aid must complete a confidential financial assistance application and submit it to the outside vendor who evaluates the application. In addition to the financial assistance offered by Carmel Catholic, a number of partial scholarships are given annually.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes! To learn more about the scholarships available and qualification criteria, click here.
Is there a required Entrance Examination?
Yes. Eighth grade students seeking admission to Carmel Catholic High School are required to take the Carmel Catholic Entrance Exam. This test is used by Carmel Catholic as part of the admissions process. The Entrance Exam will be administered at Carmel Catholic High School on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Students must pre-register for this exam. Registration will open on Saturday, November 18, 2017. There is a testing fee of $25.
When is the “Application For Admission” due?
After taking the Entrance Exam, the deadline for the Application For Admission is January 27, 2017. The application must be accompanied by the application fee in order to be considered complete.
When can I come to the school for a tour?
Carmel Catholic High School will host an Open House on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from noon to 3 p.m. You will meet Carmel Catholic faculty, students, parents, Academic Department Chairs, athletic staff and extracurricular moderators. Everyone will be eager to answer your questions. If you are unable to attend the Open House, personal tours can be arranged by filling out a tour request form.
What is a “Shadow Day”? How can my child participate?
Seventh and eighth grade and transfer students are encouraged to “shadow” a current Carmel Catholic student for the duration of a school day. They will be paired with one of our students, attend classes with this student, meet his/her friends and have lunch with him/her. It’s a great opportunity to observe our school family in action and experience first-hand what life at Carmel Catholic is like. Learn more about a Shadow Day visit.
Why should I send my child to Carmel Catholic?
Carmel Catholic provides a quality Catholic education and is committed to meeting the academic, physical, social and spiritual needs of the students it serves in a Christ-centered environment. At the core of Carmel Catholic are an abiding commitment to community service and a deep respect for all people. Recognized as a four-time recipient of the prestigious Blue Ribbon School Award for outstanding schools, Carmel Catholic offers an excellent college preparatory education. Extracurricular clubs, sports and other activities allow numerous opportunities for social and physical development. The spiritual component at Carmel Catholic makes all the difference. Students examine their values, God-given gifts and the responsibilities that accompany them in their religious studies classes. They develop those gifts in our required Christian Service Program. This experience has a ripple effect in the Carmel Catholic community creating an environment of respect and appreciation.
What do Carmel Catholic students have to say about the school?
At the end of the first quarter, freshmen were given a survey to get their input on their Carmel experience thus far. One of the questions asked, “What is the best part about being at Carmel Catholic?” Here are their answers:
  • I get to be involved in sports
  • I like the teachers and how everything is planned ahead of time and shown to us so that we know
  • The teachers are very supportive and willing to help (frequent response)
  • The welcoming community makes me feel better about myself
  • I like knowing I am in a good environment
  • Everyone is looking out for you
  • Carmel makes you feel like a real person
  • Carmel challenges me
  • How the teachers love the students
  • Spirit
  • It’s fun
  • Being part of a school that is kind
  • Great school, great experience
  • I like everything at Carmel
  • Smaller classes
  • I like how the students treat each other equally
  • There are so many people who care about you.
  • Sports and activities
  • Being a part of Carmel feels almost kind of like a family
  • We’re one big happy family
  • Being able to pray and talk about God
  • Carmel pride during Spirit Week and football games
  • The feeling of being welcome here
  • I love being in a new atmosphere
  • I have never felt left out
  • Being prepared for college and a good job
  • I feel like I fit in
  • I like that there are rules, but I can still have fun
  • Carmel is a lot better than my grade school
  • It’s a great community
  • There is so much you can do here
  • Getting a good education
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Teachers are helpful
  • Everything
  • Big Brothers and Sisters – Advice means more coming from kids
  • People seem happy that I am here
  • You never feel bad about asking a question
  • Making new friends
  • I get to be involved in sports.
  • Everyone is here to help you with your future career
Is it difficult for students to make new friends at Carmel Catholic?
Carmel Catholic has students from more than 100 different feeder schools throughout Lake, Cook, Kenosha and McHenry Counties. Chances are students will know someone in their classes. In order to ease the transition into high school, teams of juniors conduct orientation sessions during an extended homeroom each week during first quarter. This provides multiple opportunities to meet people and to become familiar with clubs and activities available to students. Carmel Catholic’s school culture is one of inclusion. Kindness to others matters at Carmel Catholic.
Is there a dress code at Carmel Catholic?
Yes. All students wear polo or oxford shirts with the Carmel name embroidered on the front. Uniform shirts, skirts and khaki pants are purchased from Lands' End. Girls have the option of wearing khaki pants or the uniform skirt. In addition, all students are required to wear a name tag which is issued to them at Freshman Orientation.
How does Carmel Catholic accommodate students of different ability levels?
Carmel Catholic carefully places students in the appropriate classes based on test scores and counselor recommendations. Because students may have different talent levels, students may be in an honors or advanced placement course for one subject and in a college preparatory course for a different subject. We strive to provide a challenging level that will allow the student to be successful. Students may move from one challenge level to another. Additionally, the Carlos J. Serna Learning Resource Center aims to ensure the success of Carmel Catholic students with an IEP/ISP or a 504 Plan, by offering students assistance from certified learning resource specialists.
Does Carmel Catholic have weighted grades?
Yes, students in honors or advanced placement classes earn additional GPA points for grades of “C” or higher.
Do you have to be Catholic to attend Carmel Catholic High School?
No, approximately 15% of the student body is non-Catholic. All students are required to take religion classes and participate in our Christian Service program.
What can you tell me about the faculty?
Seventy-eight full-time certified faculty members staff Carmel Catholic, many of which are Carmel graduates. Approximately 70% of our faculty have advanced degrees. The school’s standards are high, but involved faculty and a low student-to-faculty ratio (16:1) allow for the individual attention that helps students reach their full potential. Carmel Catholic also employs five guidance counselors, one college counselor and one social worker.
What is the procedure for transferring to Carmel Catholic from another high school?
Students interested in transferring to Carmel Catholic should call the Director of Admissions at 847-388-3320.
What type of programs are available for Carmel Catholic students after they graduate?
A thriving community of more than 16,000 alumni participate in social, fundraising and educational opportunities. Check out our alumni website for more information about alumni opportunities and events.

For additional facts and statistics about Carmel Catholic High School, view our school profile.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Stith, Director of Admissions at 847-388-3320 or