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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.

Application Instruction Page

Please read through all steps prior to beginning your application for admission.

If you encounter any technical difficulties while completing your online application, please contact Mr. Brian Stith at, Mrs. Debbie Eppel at, or Mrs. Sue Gille at  

Already Have an Account?

If your 8th grade student participated in our Shadow Day program this fall (2016), you already have an account.  Please use the login information for the account that you have already created to access the application for admission.

Need an Account?

If your 8th grade student did not participate in the Shadow Day program this fall (2016), you are new to the Carmel Catholic High School Online Admissions Database.  In order to access the application for admission, you must create an account.  An active email address is necessary to complete this step.

Completing the Application

  • Be thorough and complete all tabs on the application. Green check marks will appear above each completed tab.
  • Once you have completed all tabs, please click on the “Pay and Submit” button which is located at the bottom of the application.
  • Submit the $400 application fee. This can be done online as part of the online application. The application fee is non-refundable. There are only two exceptions to this policy.
  1. If your student is not accepted to Carmel Catholic High School, you will receive a full refund.
  2. Families who have followed all steps in the early consideration protocol (financial aid process) and have submitted the decline letter to Carmel Catholic postmarked within ten days from the date of the assistance letter, will be issued a refund of their $400 application fee. Please contact Brian Stith at, if you would like a copy of the early consideration timeline sent to your email address.

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming a great class of 2021!

Click here to begin your application.