Carmel Catholic High School
CARMEL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL empowers students to be
reflective thinkers, grateful stewards, and responsible leaders
as an expression of faith. 2
For more than 50 years, Carmel Catholic High School has continued a rich tradition of academic excellence. Founded in 1962, Carmel Catholic is jointly sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) and the Order of Carmelites (O.Carm.). As a Catholic college preparatory school, we are committed to meeting the academic, physical, social, and spiritual needs of our students. When you join the Corsairs, you are welcomed to a thriving community of more than 16,000 alumni that continue to lead lives of faith and service well beyond their high school years.
Fast Facts ONE OF TWO public and private 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. ACCREDITATION: The Illinois State Board of Education, the National Catholic Education Association, and AdvancEd accredit Carmel Catholic High School.
100% AT LEAST
OF OUR STUDENTS PERFORM COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK
HOURS PER YEAR PER STUDENT
HONORS COURSES OFFERED
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO
AP COURSES OFFERED
DUAL CREDIT COURSES OFFERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LOYOLA UNIVERSITY
LAKE COUNTYâ€™S FIRST STUDENT COMPUTING PROGRAM AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL 4
MORE THAN TOTAL SERVICE HOURS PERFORMED DURING THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR
SCHOOL COLORS: BROWN AND GOLD TEAM NAME: CORSAIRS
UNIVERSITIES VISIT OUR CAMPUS ANNUALLY
COMPETITIVE SPORTS OFFERED
OF OUR FACULTY HAVE ADVANCED DEGREES
Class of 2016 Highlights
• Nearly $35 million in college scholarships awarded • 338 graduating seniors • 100% graduation rate • 99% college-bound attending more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide
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94 Illinois State Scholars 43 legacy graduates 26.2 average ACT score 8 National Merit Commended Students 2 National Merit Finalists
Carmel Catholic is proud to provide a challenging curriculum in which students receive a well-rounded education that prepares them to excel at the college level. Each aspect of Carmel Catholic High Schoolâ€™s academic program is designed to stimulate excellence in the pursuit of learning for all students. We strive to instill principles of hard work, self-discipline, and academic integrity. 6
NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAMS Carmel Catholic has implemented a number of new programs in the 2016-17 school year to raise academic achievement and better service our college-bound students. Dual Credit: In conjunction with Loyola University, students have the opportunity to enroll in dual credit courses. These courses expose students to college-level coursework in their Carmel classroom and give the student the option to apply for dual credit through Loyola. Engineering: Carmel Catholic has partnered with Project Lead the Way, the nationâ€™s leading provider of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs, to develop curriculum for an Introduction to Engineering course. INCubatoredu: The new INCubatoredu course offers students an authentic entrepreneurship experience in which they have the opportunity to work collaboratively to create and fully develop their own product or service. Media Department: Digital media opportunities at Carmel Catholic continue to grow with course offerings in broadcast production, journalism, and graphic design. Students have access to Adobe Creative Suite, a fully equipped broadcast studio, a large format printer, and a myriad of opportunities to grow in their areas of interest. TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM Carmel Catholicâ€™s 1:1 program provides students with technology resources to enhance their educational experience and prepare them for the ever-changing world. Every Carmel Catholic student is assigned a Chromebook. Use of Google Apps for Education and Google Classroom bring diverse, engaging, and cutting-edge experiences to our classrooms through the use of technology.
Carmel Catholic High School’s identity is rooted in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ as reflected in Catholic tradition, and lives in the charisms of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Order of the Carmelites. The Campus Ministry program fosters healthy spirituality by providing students meaningful opportunities to develop, express, and share their faith. Programs and activities include numerous retreats, prayer groups, school liturgies, peer ministry, charity drives, and liturgical planning committees. LITURGY AND PRAYER Carmel holds an all-school Mass approximately once a month. Masses are also held weekly on Monday mornings, Wednesday afternoons, and Friday mornings in the Brandsma Chapel. The social justice club leads the praying of the rosary on Tuesday. In addition, each school day begins and ends in prayer. Stations of the Cross, Reconciliation, Taize prayer, the Divine Office, and student-led services also contribute to our rich spiritual community. CHRISTIAN SERVICE PROGRAM 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 service to the community each semester. RETREATS 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. Kairos, a four-day faculty and student-led retreat, gives upperclassmen a chance to see God at work in their daily lives. Many of the senior students who attend Kairos describe it as “life-changing.”
The Student Services Department provides the following types of services to students: ACADEMIC SERVICES School counselors assist students with questions involving their academic life, career plans, and college applications. Students are assigned a counselor for all four years of their Carmel Catholic journey. COLLEGE AND CAREER RESOURCES The College and Career Resource Center helps students gain acceptance into some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation by guiding students and parents each step of the way. STUDENT SUPPORT A variety of support services including individual counseling, support groups, and outside counseling referrals are available to Carmel Catholic students. A drop-in center provides students with a confidential location they can visit at any time if they are in need of social/emotional support. CARLOS J. SERNA LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER (THE SERNA CENTER) The Serna Center serves students who have an active Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Accommodation Plan by offering assistance from certified learning resource specialists.
Fine and performing arts education at Carmel Catholic is a hands-on educational experience dedicated to nurturing young artists, performers, and designers through courses and extracurricular activities in visual and performing arts. All students, regardless of previous art experience or artistic aptitude, will benefit from involvement in fine arts courses and will receive quality instruction within the art disciplines of their choice at the appropriate level. Our faculty encourages professional excellence and supports student-centered learning and growth. In addition to coursework, the student artist experience is enhanced with performances, projects, and exhibitions. The Fine Arts Department offers a four-year program in the following areas of instruction: • Choral music • Dance • Drama • Instrumental music • Visual art Carmel Catholic’s innovative Fine and Performing Arts Center features: • Black box theater • Band and chorus studios • Art gallery • Multi-purpose dance studio • Visual arts studios • Mac computer lab • Darkroom photography lab • Ceramics studio
More than 85% of Carmel Catholic students participate in interscholastic sports and intramural play. Each year, a number of students go on to play sports at the collegiate level. Scholarship offers from some of the nation’s finest colleges and universities have been made to our students in nearly every sport.
Boys’ Sports: • • • • • •
Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Hockey
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Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Track and Field Volleyball Wrestling
Athletic Facilities: • 3,000 seat outdoor Baker Stadium • 2 practice football fields
• 1,400 seat indoor Salvi Arena • 2 baseball diamonds • 2 softball diamonds • 2 soccer fields
Girls’ Sports: • • • • • •
Basketball Cheerleading Cross Country Golf Gymnastics Lacrosse
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Poms/Dance Soccer Softball Tennis Track and Field Volleyball
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8 tennis courts Wrestling area Weight room Indoor running track Multipurpose rooms
• Newly renovated locker rooms • Trainer’s room
We are excited to announce that Carmel Catholic High School has partnered with EFT Sports Performance for the 2016-17 school year! EFT Sports Performance is a world-class training program that caters to a wide variety of clientele, including professional athletes, collegiate/elite high school athletes, corporate executives, and adults. To learn more about EFT, visit carmelhs.org/eft.
The Carmel Catholic student experience is enhanced by activities outside of the classroom. Carmel Catholic offers many opportunities to get involved, including clubs, dances, fundraisers, talent shows, and other social events. Clubs offered at Carmel Catholic include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Ambassadors Club Anime Club Art Club Bicycle Club Boosters Bowling Club Broadcast Club Byte Club Cake Decorating Club Chess Team Crossroads Newspaper DECAL (American Sign Language) Club Diversity Club Engineering and Robotics Club Environmental Club Film Club
• French Club • Game Club • Harbinger Literary Magazine • Intramurals • Junior Leadership Team • Latin Club • Math Team • Mock Trial • Mu Alpha Theta (Math National Honor Society) • National Business Honor Society • National Honor Society • Operation Snowball • Orchesis Dance Club • OUCH (Medical Careers) Club
• PAWed (People for Animal Welfare and Education) • Photography Club • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) • Scholastic Bowl – JV and Varsity • Senior Substance Abuse Team • Social Justice Club • Spanish Club • Spirit Yearbook • Student Council • Swing Dance Club • Thespian Honor Society • Tri-M Music Honor Society • WYSE Academic Team • Youth and Government Club
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Getting To Carmel Catholic CARMEL CATHOLIC SUBSIDIZED BUS ROUTES: • Barrington and Lake Zurich • Wauconda and Mundelein Township • Antioch, Ingleside, and Lake Villa • Beach Park, Wadsworth, and Gurnee • Mundelein Train Station All routes are subject to subscription and a minimal participation fee. ADDITIONAL TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS: • Metra Rail services: metrarail.com • PACE Suburban Bus services: pacebus.com • Mundelein High School buses: d120.org • Libertyville High School buses: lhswildcats.org • Carpools: Many families find that carpools are the most convenient way to travel to and from Carmel Catholic. On-campus parking is available to all senior students and some junior students.
Step 1: Take the Entrance Exam All students entering ninth grade should take the Entrance Exam, which will be administered on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 8 a.m.
Step 2: Apply Complete and return the application for admission with all requested information to Carmel Catholic High School by January 27, 2017. All freshman applicants are required to make a $400 deposit at the time of application. Students who are not accepted to Carmel Catholic will be refunded their application fee.
Step 3: Acceptance Once your application is reviewed, you will receive a decision letter in mid-February. Factors that influence admission to Carmel Catholic include: the prospective studentâ€™s Entrance Exam score, junior high school report cards, previous standardized test scores, participation in extracurricular activities, the junior high school attended by the student, as well as alumni relationships with Carmel Catholic. 20
TUITION AND FEES Tuition for the 2016-17 school year is $11,200. There are additional fees for athletics, certain classes, course materials, and some clubs. Carmel Catholic offers three payment plans: payment in full, two-payment plan (one payment at the beginning of each semester), and a monthly plan. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Carmel Catholic has a financial assistance program available to families who qualify. For the 2015-16 school year, Carmel Catholic awarded more than $1.2 million in financial assistance. Upon completion of the admissions application, families applying for aid must complete a confidential financial assistance application and submit it to the outside vendor who evaluates the application. • Early Consideration (incoming freshman only): Submit your application for financial aid and provide all necessary support documentation by February 6, 2017. You will receive the results of your financial aid in February. • Standard Consideration: Submit your application for financial aid and all necessary support documentation by April 1, 2017. You will receive the results of your financial aid in early June.
carmelhs.org/financial SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES In addition to the financial assistance offered by Carmel Catholic, a number of partial scholarships are awarded, including Entrance Exam scholarships, parish-offered scholarships, and minority scholarships. In order to protect students’ individual eligibility, schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago support the policies of the Illinois High School Association. In doing so, Carmel Catholic High School may not promise or offer athletic scholarships of any kind. Violations may result in loss of eligibility for the student, coach, and/or school.
All prospective families are encouraged to attend our upcoming admissions events. Open House: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2016, NOON-3 P.M. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend our annual Open House. Faculty, administration, and current students will be available to answer questions as you explore our campus and current offerings. Even if you have attended in the past, we invite you to visit again to see the latest improvements to our school. Save yourself some time at the door by pre-registering online at carmelhs.org/openhouse. Shadow Day: SEPTEMBER-MAY To get a first-hand look at Carmel Catholic, we encourage 7th grade, 8th grade, and transfer students to spend a day with us for Carmelâ€™s most popular program. During a Shadow Day, visiting students are paired with a Carmel student for the day. Our focus is to provide prospective students with an inside look into the academic, extracurricular, social, and spiritual opportunities at Carmel Catholic. For more information, visit carmelhs.org/shadowday. Personal Tour: BY APPOINTMENT A personal tour can be scheduled during most school days. Tours last approximately one hour and can be arranged by contacting the admissions office at 847.388.3320 or by visiting carmelhs.org/tour. Prospective Parent Information Night: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016, 7 P.M. If you are unable to attend Open House, or you would like another opportunity to get in-depth information on our programs and offerings, please join us for Prospective Parent Information Night. The program covers academics, college preparation, extracurricular programs, and more.
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Join us at Carmel Catholic!
• 7th and 8th Grade End Zone Party: Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m. • Open House: Sunday, November 6, 2016, Noon-3 p.m. • Prospective Parent Information Night: Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7 p.m. • Entrance Exam: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8 a.m. • Deadline for Application for Admission: January 27, 2017 • Financial Aid Deadline for Early Consideration: Submit financial aid application by January 31, 2017 and provide all necessary support documentation by February 6, 2017. Financial aid requests received after this date will still be considered. • Street Scenes Student Night: Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m. • Class of 2021 Welcome Night: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
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