A College-Preparatory Curriculum Tailored for Every Student
Encouraging inquiry and discovery, Carmel Catholic provides the academic rigor, artistic exploration and spiritual enrichment to prepare students for college and beyond. Our innovative programming guides and supports individual pursuits, challenging students to embrace all they can become.
We offer courses in five levels to meet the learning needs of our students.
Dual Credit: Learn once, earn twice
Carmel Catholic’s Dual Credit program allows hard-working, high-achieving, responsible students to earn college credit while completing Carmel Catholic graduation requirements. Credits earned may be transferable to four-year colleges or universities. Illinois legislation mandates acceptance of dual credit by Illinois public universities.
These courses aim to provide rigor that will prepare students for the college experience. Dual Credit courses are taught by qualified Carmel instructors who employ approved curricula from our partner colleges and universities. Courses are generally offered to juniors and seniors who meet GPA and other readiness indicators required by the college.
Dual Credit courses are weighted on a 5.0 scale, the same as AP courses.
Some Dual Credit courses require an additional expense beyond Carmel tuition. For example, courses through Loyola University cost $65 per credit hour. Dual Credit courses through the College of Lake County are free. Credit hour costs are assessed directly by the partnering institution, not by CCHS.
Carmel offers these Dual Credit courses for the 2023-24 school year:
Introduction to Business
Computer Science Principles
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics*
Business: Principles of Management**
Spanish: Latin American History & Culture
Spanish Film & Language
Chinese 1 & 2
Human Ecological Footprint
Introduction to Education**
Rochester School of Technology or Missouri School of Science and Technology
Introduction to Engineering
Introduction to Engineering for Women
Principles of Engineering
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Engineering Design and Development
*Rotates with Macroecon; Microecon available 2024-25
**New for 2023-24
For additional information about Carmel’s Dual Credit courses, please consult the 2023-24 Course Guide, speak with a current Dual Credit teacher, or talk to a counselor.
Honor College Prep
Upper College Prep
Homeroom is embedded within first period, which is 15 minutes longer than other class periods, allowing for prayer and announcements
Passing periods are seven minutes
Advisory periods occur daily between first and second periods. Advisory periods involve student leaders engaging peers in prepared lessons covering academics, socio-emotional wellness, faith formation, culture and career/college preparedness.