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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.

The Carmel Catholic approach to retreats is comprehensive – each year students have a retreat day with a different theme reflecting the growth in their lives. Most of the retreat work is student led and adult directed, which gives our students opportunities for peer ministry.

The Freshman Retreat Day is led by 80 seniors and run at Carmel Catholic. Students do small and large group exercises, and there is a time for personal reflection and discussion. The seniors facilitate small group discussions on various topics based on the ongoing theme of “Belonging – Where and how do I fit in?” There is prayer throughout and the day finishes with a Communion Service.

The Sophomore Retreat Day takes place off campus – usually at Techny Towers Retreat Center in Techny, Illinois. The sophomores arrive by bus and spend the day focusing on the theme – “Responsibility in Relationships.” The day is facilitated by a group of adults who have been chosen by the Campus Minister responsible for retreats. These adults are Carmel Catholic graduates, former Carmel parents, teachers and others who have had retreat experience. There is prayer throughout and the day finishes with a Communion Service.

The Junior  Retreat Day is a single sex experience and takes place at Carmel Catholic. The girls' day is led by 21 senior girls; and the boys' day by 21 senior boys. The theme is “Values and How I Live Them” and challenges the juniors to identify and examine their values. Role playing, small and large group discussion and personal reflection are some of the techniques used to help the juniors in their day-long discernment. There is prayer throughout and the day finishes with a Communion Service. 

The Kairos Retreat is a four-day, more intense experience in which the retreatant examines relationships with self, others and God. Students choose one of five single-sex opportunities from April of their junior year to January of their senior year. The retreats are held at Benet Lake Retreat Center on the Illinois-Wisconsin border. During the retreat, students hear talks and discuss them in small groups, experience prayer throughout each day, have a Reconciliation Service, and celebrate Eucharist together twice. Kairos Retreats are led by six students and there are four adults who advise and support the team and give talks. Kairos is NOT a graduation requirement. Carmel Catholic requires every senior to have a retreat experience during his/her senior year – Kairos is the program offered at Carmel Catholic. If a senior chooses a different retreat, she/he must get that choice approved by the Campus Minister responsible for retreats and the principal.    

Carmel Catholic also offers an 8th Grade Retreat for area Catholic schools. This is yet another opportunity for seniors to have a leadership experience, as the retreats are led by seniors and facilitated by the Campus Minister. These are usually offered during the first semester – and more than 400 8th graders participate at Carmel each year.