Each aspect of Carmel Catholic High School’s academic program is geared to stimulate excellence in the pursuit of learning for all students. We strive to instill principles of hard work, self-discipline and academic excellence.
Carmel Catholic is recognized and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, the National Catholic Education Association and AdvancEd.
Course Levels and Placement
Our level placement process aims to help students progress, learn and succeed. Students typically move up to higher course levels throughout their four years of study.
placement for the following year is based upon these student performance reviews.
Upper College Prep
Honor College Prep
Dual Credit: Learn once, earn twice
Dual Credit (DC) courses are for the highest achieving students based on standardized tests and coursework; these are actual college courses for which the student earns both Carmel and college credit. Extra fees may be required by the partnering institution; these are separate from CCHS tuition and fees.
The goal of these courses is 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 incur a cost of $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 2021-22 school year:
Spanish: Latin American History & Culture**
Spanish Film & Language
Human Ecological Footprint**
Introduction to Engineering
Principles of Engineering
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Engineering Design and Development
Rotating courses, available 22-23:
**New courses for 21-22
For additional information about Carmel’s Dual Credit courses, please consult the 2021-22 Course Guide, speak with a current Dual Credit teacher, or talk to a counselor.
students into their requested courses. Carmel reserves the right to make changes in curriculum and scheduling. If a scheduling conflict occurs, upon notification and advisement by school personnel, the student may be required to select an alternative course. Counselors are available for course selection questions. Students and parents must be aware of prerequisites, fees, and expectations associated with each course. Fees are subject to change and should be carefully considered.