Programs and Tours
As part of our commitment to helping your family explore the value of a Catholic education, we welcome a visit to our sprawling 55-acre campus and invite you to learn more about our admissions programs.
Campus Tours: Throughout the Year
Carmel Catholic High School invites your family to explore our campus by registering for a guided tour, presented by a member of the Carmel Catholic admissions team. Prospective families will journey through the halls that have welcomed generations of Corsairs, as well as receive an insider's look at the future of the Carmel campus. In-person campus tours are offered on Wednesdays at 8 am and 11:45 am. All visitors must register in advance as attendance is limited. If you need to arrange a tour for an alternative date or time, please contact [email protected] or 847.388.3418.
Unable to join us in person? Take a virtual tour.
Shadow Day Visit: September–May
Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus as part of our traditional Shadow Day program. Your child will be paired with a current Carmel Catholic student, who will guide your son or daughter through the welcoming halls of our high school as your student "shadows" a Carmel Catholic student for a day.
Who Can Visit With Us?
During the fall semester, the Shadow Day program is open to current 8th grade students as well as prospective high school transfer students entering grades 9, 10 and 11. Starting January 1, 2022, 7th grade students are welcome to shadow.
What Should I Expect?
Visiting students will interact with their future classmates and teachers as they trace an academic schedule, and will enjoy a complimentary lunch from the Carmel Café. Shadow Day events will be offered on most school days and will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.
How do I Schedule a Visit?
Students who wish to participate in the Shadow Day program must register with our admissions team at least two school days in advance of their preferred visit date.
Entrance Exam: Saturday, December 3
The Carmel Catholic High School entrance exam is offered to 8th grade students who have not tested at any other Catholic high school within the Archdiocese of Chicago. Prospective students will complete the High School Placement Test (HSPT), the results of which will be used for admission to Carmel; initial course placement in math, science, and English; and merit scholarship consideration.
- Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022
- Time: 8 am–12 pm
- Location: Carmel Catholic High School
- Calculator: Not permitted
- Fee: $25, payable online
- Accommodations: Must be pre-approved
- Length: Approximately 3 hours
Financial Aid Seminars: Fall–Winter
As a Catholic institution, Carmel Catholic is committed to making a college preparatory education available to all who wish to share in our mission. To assist prospective families, we invite parents to attend a financial aid seminar, where information regarding the cost of attendance and financial assistance will be presented. Financial aid seminars will be offered bi-weekly and are open to all inquiring families. Families must register in advance.
All registration takes place in the Admissions Portal. If you need to create an account, you will be directed to complete an inquiry form which will give you access to the Admissions Portal, where you will be able to sign-up for events as they are announced, and allows our admissions team to share information about scheduled programs and life as a Corsair.
More Ways to Connect
Parent Ambassador Socials
The Parent Ambassador Program provides prospective families with an opportunity to learn more about Carmel Catholic from the unique perspective of those who know it best—the Corsair community. We invite inquiring parents to learn more about upcoming social events. We also offer opportunities for families to connect with our Parent Ambassadors in a manner that is comfortable, confidential, and convenient for your family.
Fine Arts and Athletics Events
We invite you to experience our traditions, camaraderie, and community for yourself. Grab a ticket to a Fine Arts show or performance, or catch a seat on the sideline of a sporting event—we are amazed by the talent and dedication of our students, and we invite you to share in our love for the Corsairs.
Inquire About Carmel Catholic
Hoping to learn more about Carmel Catholic High School? Prospective families are encouraged to submit a formal inquiry, which allows our admissions team to share information about upcoming events, the application process, and life as a Corsair. The journey begins here, and we welcome your interest!