I am a graduate of CHS and in my humble, yet very accurate opinion, CHS is the best of the best! Admittedly, it is not for everyone. If you are opposed to a strict Catholic education, then this place is not for you. But I caution all of the readers to consider the following. The proof is in the pudding. While not every CHS graduate goes on to be wealthy or influential, the alumni is undeniably super impressive. CHS boasts graduates at every level of government, military, business, etc... The amount of graduates that become lawyers, doctors and businessmen is staggering. So for all you naysayers, here's the challenge: show me any other school, Catholic or public, (aside from Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Mercy, both CHS sister schools), that has the impressive credentials of CHS grads. Show me one. St. Anthony's may come somewhat close but CHS still has a more impressive faculty and alumni. So in closing, you may not like CHS. You may find it overly strict and "close minded." I suspect that those that find it "close minded" probably feel that way about the RCC anyway so not a big shocker there. But don't call it substandard just b/c your kid couldn't make it. Period!
BEWARE! If you are looking for a substandard catholic education based loosely on morals Chaminade may be the school for you and your child. As a parent, I found this school to be inferior to catholic schools my older children attended outside NY. They were not only chauvinistic, but also narrow-minded at Chaminade. I was very disappointed since his junior high said it had such a great reputation. Keep looking, there are better educational avenues than dealing with the insecure bullies you will find here.
I would like to respond to a comment made on July 29th about Chaminade and Kellenberg. You have to look at the facts. Both schools ARE exempt from taking the NYS regents. The Trimesters and Comprehensive examinations are definitely more advanced then regents. Take a comp or trimester from KMHS or CHS and compare it to the regents and you will see that CHS and KMHS test demand more. The person also failed to research that Chaminade and Kellenberg's SAT averages are well above public school SAT averages. Also it is a fact that KMHS and CHS are much stricter that public schools. This results in a disciplined student which leads to long term success. Chaminade churns out many great alumni every year which is why they have such an elite alumni association which provides to the school. Now in Kellenberg's defense, there "lower" or A2 program is for the students who aren't as advanced on a Kellenberg standard. Plus it is a fact that there isnt even 100 students in the program and each grade contains 500+ students. Many students in the program even move up in the ranking system.. KMHS also has a growing alumni network and it is very successful in helping students find jobs after college.
The statement made by a former student that "Chaminade is too good for regents exams" must be corrected. Forget about the fact that the statement has a tint of snobbishness, it is totally false. All private schools in NYS have the choice to give Regents exams or not. Most schools still give them because if they do not, the school forfeits a great deal of Regents funds from NYS. As an example, Kellenberg, a sister school of Chaminade, also does not give Regents. Kellenberg clearly is not in the same academic "Ballpark" as Chaminade, nor is it a tougher curriculum, or higher standard of acceptance than most other high schools on L.I. or NYC. There is even a Lower "Tract" at Kellenberg, which is meant for struggling students. Myths, all too often, are spread.
My son is a sophomore at Chaminade. After his Freshman year I felt it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Now that we are nearing the end of his Sophomore year I find a well spoken gentleman who is responsible for his own actions and work. I now see why people have said over and over again, they go in as boys and come out men. I also believe how when they graduate Chaminade they are ready for college. I see how my son has become more responsible for knowing his own deadlines, etc. As a lacrosse and football mom, the sports are top notch at Chaminade. We are very proud to wear their name!
Chaminade takes the cream of the crop and guides them through 4 years of rigorous education. The end result speaks for itself.
Chaminade (Mineola). I graduated from Chaminade many years ago. It is a place for the narrow-minded. The Chaminade Man philosophy tries to put it's students in a very restrictive mold. While many Hispanics are Catholic, they are underrepresented there. They don't fit the CHS mold. Their PR is very good but their scope and curriculum is narrow. At CHS, they don't teach you how to think ; they teach you what they want you to think. Alumni strengths are in Business/Law types of careers. Don't send your son there if he is of a creative bent. Chaminade does not suffer those who think outside the box. In my long business career, I seldom met any other Flyers who did not regret going there. The brothers would tell us that "you probably won't enjoy going here but you can " brag" that you went here when you get to college. Imagine going to a place that doesn't expect that you will enjoy the experience. They don't accept transfer (unless you are a good athlete) since they feel that their program is so special that you have to be there for 4 hrs to get the full benefit. They do not make it easy for you if you want to go to non-Catholic colleges. Great PR but not worth the $ or the BS.
1279 average SAT score. Find me public schools with that. Take a look at what colleges graduating seniors continue on to. The school is one of the cheapest private institutions in the Tri-State area.
Strange, weird "brothers" run this place. They have zero social skills and purport to know about the real world. They don't. The school is for the cr me de la cr me of students on Long Island. Think about it, though. Why be a little fish in a big pond when you can be a big fish in a little pond.? Here, you won't stand out and you'll never get in to Harvard or Yale. But if you go to public school, you'll be at the top of the class.
One of the top academic high schools in the nation. A large endowment also makes it the most affordable private parochial high school in the New York area.
I am currently a student at Fordham University and at my high school I was considered very smart (Top 5% at North Shore High School). I have a couple of friends who graduated from Chaminade, all of them who say they were either average or under-average students, and I must admit that all of them are incredible students and have little to no struggle with the loads of work given in class. This shows how tough Chaminade most likely is, and I just cannot imagine how itelligent the "Top 5%" at Chaminade must be. I will definitely consider Chaminade as a highschool for my future son if I remain living on long island.
Chaminade is a first rate college prepatory high school. Its students are very well prepared to meet the challenges that college present to students.
Chaminade I am sure is very good to some students, but those that fall outside of the "Chaminade" type do not fair as well. My son traveled for two years on a bus where he was continuously beat up every day by the wrestling team. In addition, he was forced to fight other kids by the same bullies. I spoke to those in charge many times: parents, bus drivers, and school officials. Nothing was done. I felt as helpless as my son to fight against a system that turns its face away from these uncomfortable social problems. My son takes it in stride and looks upon it as a closed chapter in his life. But as his mom, the witness to it all, I can only hope that some parent will read this and reach out to others whose sons are in similar situations and do something.
Stop for a moment and consider the bitterness underlying some of the adjacent reviews of Chaminade High School. Now consider this: Why do some people insist on posting comments that reveal more about them and their own current life prospects than they reveal about Chaminade?
Bleak and conformist, with routinized note taking and exam cramming that passes for education. If you want to prepare your son to think creatively and independently stay away from this place. After four years here I was completely unprepared to think and write at the college level--(though I was well prepared for taking multiple choice tests, and other such meaningless tasks). As a parent now, and a college professor, (and a Catholic), I would not send my sons here if I was paid to do so.
As a graduate of Chaminade High School I can attest to the high quality education, but additionally Chaminade creates great men. They instill a sense of pride in one's work and caring for our community at large. When I look at the successes I've had I see Chaminades influence in all of them.
I'm a graduate of the Class of 2010, and I personally believed that in certain aspects, the education was lacking. That being said, there are some great teachers here, but they are constricted in the boundaries of the schools antiquated curriculum. This is particularly true in the English and Foreign Language departments. The Spanish program seeks to focus on basic grammar, especially in Senior year, whereas I there was no serious focus on Spanish literature, where the grammar can be applied and reinforced. This is the true sin of the school, especially as bilingualism is becoming more and more necessary for job applicants. The English department also lacks in literature. To Kill a Mockingbird is middle-school level, yet is a freshman year book. Additionally, various works of Shakespeare are assigned, but I feel as though I didn't actually get a strong interpretation of it unless it was explained by the instructor. Lectures were cursory and left no room for discussion. Socially, I will say that while there is a certain slant associated with the school, there is a basic level of respect that people have for one another. Though thats partly because of the Draconian discipline.
Did not prepare me in the slightest for what I intend to study in college, mainly because of their overly-strict, structured curriculum. Their philosophy of having no APs really creates a horror once you go off to college...but not to worry...if you follow the college placement office's advice, a Chaminade graduate will do fine at a religious school like Villanova, or perhaps a state school. Had I listened to their advice, I would not be at an ivy-league university now. This is all part of their plan...everyone must think the same way and act the same, and naturally the "challenging academic programs" will provide adequate preparation for college. Think again. Their science program is anything but challenging. In my introductory science college course, we covered everything I learned at chaminade in about 3 weeks, while students who took the AP class at their public schools used the same textbook. Chaminade DID help me mature and develop a close relationship with teachers, although the solely republican atmosphere is NOT what college is like. Summary: A Chaminade diploma looks great. Employers LOVE Chaminade, but intend to work a lot harder in college than your peers at college.
I graduated from Chaminade in the 1970's. The school was very rigorous academically and at first I did not like all the hard work I had to do to get good grades.I learned to like the hard work. I became fond of the place because the teachers were very supportive and I turned into a top student. I got into several IVY League colleges and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale. From there I graduated near the top of my medical school class. Chaminade taught me how to study and it paid off.
I am a graduate of Chaminade High School and, in retrospect, I believe that I received an unparalleled education. The school is strict and it will sure teach you time management skills, but the workload and very helpful faculty will push you to become a well rounded man and an exceptional student. I believe that my success beyond high school can be largely attributed to the education I received at Chaminade.
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