THE MOUNT CARMEL TRADITION
Mount Carmel is a private, Catholic, all-male, college preparatory high school whose mission is to develop young men of character who love God, love life, and love learning. In cooperation with the family, our school offers an educational program which exposes a young man to a variety of ideas and experiences and, in doing so, aims to produce a reflective, critical-thinking adult. By providing a community based on the CARAVAN values listed below, we establish a solid foundation spiritually, intellectually, socially, culturally, morally, and physically, and expect our students to make progress in these areas.
Over a century after Mount Carmel’s founding by the Carmelites in 1900, the school continues to fulfill its mission of preparing young men for college and life by providing a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum that builds character for a lifetime.
A strong academic program is one of the pillars of Mount Carmel. Our college preparatory program helps over 96% of our students pursue a college education at the university of their choice year after year. Currently, Mount Carmel students are attending some of the Nation’s top colleges and Universities, including: Stanford, Harvard, Notre Dame, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago.
Not only do our young men go on to earn placement in the colleges of their choice, they earn scholarships to help them attend the school of their dreams. In fact, the graduating class of 2012 earned over $12,000,000.00 in college scholarships and financial assistance.
Individualized Academic Programs
Whether a student excels or struggles in school, our goal is the same: to prepare him for college. Therefore, we offer four challenging and comprehensive levels of academic programs, including our reputable Honors Program. Through this program, students may earn college credit through Advanced Placement courses and the University of Chicago Scholars program.
At Mount Carmel High School, we teach to the strengths of boys. Our teachers adjust instruction and assessment tools specifically to meet the needs of our male student by creating active and goal-oriented classrooms and curriculums. This single-gender environment truly allows our young male students to thrive intellectually.
Respect & Responsibility
Respect for ones self and others has always been an emphasis at Mount Carmel. Students learn they are responsible for their own behavior and must recognize that they have an impact on others. Mount Carmel students study harder and travel further than the average high school student, helping them to learn responsibilities which will prepare them to step out on their own for college.
Respect and Responsibility are learned not only through academic involvement, but also through extracurricular involvement. Mount Carmel has over 20 clubs and activities which offer students to grow in their areas of interest while challenging them to work together with and respect the ideas of students from different backgrounds. We encourage all students to participate in one or more activities in order to enhance their high school experience.
A Family Atmosphere
Mount Carmel is known throughout the Chicagoland area for its family atmosphere. Alumni, friends, current students, parents, lay staff and Carmelites work together to support the school and each other. Our strong community is made up of students from over 250 grammar schools located in 110 zip codes in two states. Students travel from as far as Wilmette, Valporaiso, Joliet, and Western Springs to travel to Mount Carmel each school day. The rich diversity of our students’ geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds enhances each student’s social and academic experience.
Values for Christian Living
Mount Carmel is a Christian community under the leadership of the Carmelites, a religious order in the Roman Catholic Church. Students learn to express the basic values of our Christian tradition and experience the virtue of living a Christian life during their time at Mount Carmel. All students, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, take courses in theology throughout their four years at Mount Carmel, attend monthly Mass as a school community, participate in retreats, and give the gift of service to their school and home communities through volunteer work.
For years, Mount Carmel’s strong athletic program has challenged our students to better themselves through discipline, hard work, and dedication. With 16 varsity sports to choose from, all Mount Carmel students can find an athletic activity to match their interests and talents.
We are proud to have won state championships in five different sports: Water Polo (1975); Ice Hockey (1979, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990); Football (1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002); Basketball (1985); and Wrestling (1992, 1993, 1994).
These athletic successes are attributed to both our students and our talented and dedicated coaching staff. At Mount Carmel, our coaches are teachers first, concerned with the development of our young men first academically, then athletically.
Generations of students who have walked the Halls of Mount Carmel know our school motto:
“You come to Carmel as a BOY. If you care to struggle and work at it, you will leave as a MAN.”
Throughout their four years at our school, young men of Carmel are engaged in an environment which nurtures their spiritual, intellectual, physical, psychological, and social growth. Each individual student holds an important place in our community. Once you have entered the Carmel community, you are a Man of Mount Carmel not just for your four-year journey with us, but for the rest of your life.
For more information about joining our tradition, please fill out our online information request form. To visit Mount Carmel, or if you have any questions about our school or the Admissions process, contact Mr. Bill Nolan, Director of Enrollment and Admissions at 773.324.1020, ext. 265 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.