"Spending $$$ for what you can get for free?"
I have four kids. Three boys and a girl. 2 Cham, one public, one St A. You simply cannot compare the education at Cham to the other two. Worth every single penny. My experience. My guess is that the poster who wrote this question does not have a son let alone any relative who attended Chaminade. My guess is that you have no frame of reference.
My son is at public he has received a stellar education and is headed off to a great school. He has several teammates headed to top Ivies. No need to waste money on what we have enjoyed as a part of our tax payments. Community pride and well earned accomplishments will always be cherished memories. I'm proud to say we did not seek to find the greener grass, because it was right here all along!
Congratulations, you happen to be the exception rather than the rule. Most LI Publics do not have a TOP quality education AND a solid lacrosse program. Getting a private school education is anything but a waste of money, take a look where Chaminade kids are matriculating to college and get back to me. As for community pride, thats an absolute joke. The only time there is community pride is when the team is winning, otherwise there is backstabbing, complaining and general discontent, take a look whats going on with this board in regards to GC and Syosset. People dont give a crap about community, they want THEIR kid to be successful and the team to be good. Im glad it worked out for you and your kids but dont disparage other peoples choices because honestly you have no clue what youre talking about.