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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.

Department and Available Courses

The world of business affects our lives on all levels. It is important that students gain an overall understanding of business, its workings, its complexities, and its effects on their daily lives, not only as persons directly involved in business, but also as consumers, savers and investors in today's global economy. It is also important to use technology effectively and responsibility. 


English language skills serve as the foundation for communication. The responsibility of the English teacher is to help students use language to make sense of their own lives and to understand the lives of those they meet in the world. As a subject, English embodies the skills of reading, writing, speaking, researching and listening, as well as the content areas of literature and grammar, both of which contain identifiable bodies of knowledge. In all facets, however, the study of English serves to develop each learner's practical communication skills and broader vision of relatedness among people.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department offers a hands-on educational experience. Students can express themselves through song, dance, theater, visual arts and instrumental music. The faculty fosters a learning environment conducive to creative development. The department's courses are designed to build in students a strong work ethic, a sense of Catholic community, confidence and self-esteem. The faculty strives to help students enrich their creative, social, academic and spiritual development. Fine Arts students often discover talents leading to careers and/or vocations in the arts.


The Mathematics Department’s philosophy is based upon an abiding respect for the individual and the learning process. The development of the constructs of mathematics trains the mind to think in a logical, creative and inquiring manner. The same constructs are essential in a technology driven society. The life skills of the individual require a fundamental understanding of mathematics ranging from basic arithmetic to the implementation of mathematics into today's technology. The challenge is to develop the talents of each individual to his or her maximum ability, resulting in the desire for lifelong learning. This is achieved through the cooperation and efforts of parents, faculty and students.

Physical Education and Health

Physical Education consists of various wellness activities and health related topics presented to enhance students’ overall health today and in the future. It is our goal that students appreciate that good health is a precious gift from God that should be respected, cared for and nourished. Through the development of a physically active lifestyle, students become aware that the risk of illness can be reduced through positive health behaviors. Our focus consists of team sports, games, fitness, dance and rhythms as well as lifetime sports and activities. Within the context of these activities we stress the goals of sportsmanship, teamwork and Christian ethics. Students need to be given the knowledge and the opportunity to take responsibility for their own health.

Religious Studies

Through academic scholarship, prayerful reflection and ministry, the Religious Studies Department promotes an integration of the Christian faith into the daily lives of our students. Aware of the cultural and religious diversity of the Carmel community, we foster respect and dialog among all, believing that diversity is an essential ingredient of the Church's universality.


Science is a dynamic discipline in which we seek to understand the universe. We must, therefore, grasp as foundation the body of knowledge that others before us have achieved and be able to confront—imaginatively and creatively—the questions that will widen and constantly increase our understanding. Technology, which grows out of scientific discovery, continually changes the world in which we live.

Social Studies

Social Studies binds us together in the present and meets the challenges of the future. Social Studies opportunities at Carmel Catholic High School focus on preparing students to live in a global community and to function effectively as citizens in a democratic society. They are called to respect the traditions and cultural diversity of the world and to stimulate a hierarchy of critical thinking skills as a means of problem solving.

World Languages

The mission of the World Languages Department is based upon the Catholic view of humankind as a special gift from God. We recognize that all students benefit aesthetically, intellectually, psychologically, socially and spiritually from the study of another language. Language study is a combination of learning communication skills and becoming familiar with the culture of other civilizations: their customs, history, art and literature. This experience enables students to respect other people's ideas, ways of thinking and behaviors and values, and at the same time helps students to reassess their own values. World language study plays a major role in the total educational program by preparing students to live their lives more fully and to strive for harmony and understanding in a global society.

Click here to view a complete listing of classes offered within each department.