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The Classical Liberal Arts Academy gives students of all ages access to the same classical Catholic studies that have been enjoyed by wise men and saints through history. The Academy is the only source for this education today.

Modern technology makes study opportunities available that students in past generations could never have imagined. Our method of study must allow for all of our responsibilities to be fulfilled. As far as learning is concerned, sending children to schools is no longer necessary. There is no longer any need for expensive books and study materials. There is no longer any need for high tuition, student loans, or unnecessary deadlines. Any student who desires to study may do so. Our program is designed to be used by students of all ages independently, at their own pace, from home.

This website may look simple, but it is a treasure of information about classical Catholic education. See the links on the left side the page (bottom on mobile) for article topics and recent posts.

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There is no need to choose between real classical Catholic education and excellent modern college and career preparation. The CLAA not only makes the education of wise men and saints available to students but does so in a responsible way that allows students to satisfy modern responsibilities as well.

“Based on the Candidacy Review on July 5, 2023, we are pleased to congratulate the Classical Liberal Arts Academy as a Candidate for Accreditation with Cognia. Congratulations!”

As of January 26, the CLAA has completed the accreditation process and is expecting our review shortly. For updates on our accreditation status, visit the Accreditation page.

Beware of “Classical Education” Scams

Since 1995, the “classical education movement” has promoted a false idea of classical studies. Having been started by Protestant groups, this movement was followed by Catholics and is a cause of confusion in education today, hindering sincere students from making real progress. Many parents and students are being misled to think that they are receiving timeless and trustworthy education that was proven by the experience of wise men and saints throughout history, but they are not.

Some easy warning signs to look out for are:

  • references to Dorothy Sayers as an authority on classical education;
  • references to G.K. Chesterton as a model of classical education;
  • references to Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric as the “three stages of learning”;
  • references to the “Socratic Method” as a way of teaching classes;
  • promotion of the “Great Books” (literature) as classical education;
  • confusion of conservative American education with classical education;
  • use of the modern K-12 school model in “classical” schools/programs;
  • use of marketing catch phrases like “truth, goodness and beauty”;
  • shallow treatment of the classical languages that don’t lead students to begin reading Latin and Greek immediately;
  • neglect of the study of the philosophical works of Aristotle;
  • the advertisement of “accreditation” not recognized by the US Dept. of Education;
  • teaching and advice from people with no actual experience in classical studies.

Real classical Catholic education is the pursuit of Wisdom through the study of Scholastic theology. It’s the education that actually existed in the lives of wise men and saints of history. The curriculum that leads students to this Wisdom consists of the study of the seven classical liberal arts (Grammar, Reasoning, Rhetoric; Arithmetic, Music, Geometry and Astronomy), the philosophical works of Aristotle, and the theological writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. For a full explanation of the history and principles of real classical Catholic education, see the contents of our free book, “Understanding Classical Catholic Education“.

The classical curriculum is completely separate from the modern K-12 curriculum, which is required to satisfy modern education requirements. When fake “classical” educators are asked why their curriculum looks just like that of modern schools, they will argue that modeern requirements force us to adapt, but our accreditation proves this false. We recommend that Catholic students keep these two studies separate and pursue them both as explained on our page titled, “Course Recommendations by Age/Grade Level“.

If you have any questions about classical Catholic studies, please feel free to contact me, directly, any time.

Caveat emptor.

Mr. William C. Michael, O.P.
Classical Liberal Arts Academy

“Wisdom hath built herself a house, she hath hewn her out seven pillars. This house is the Blessed Virgin; the seven pillars are the seven liberal arts.”

St. Albert the Great

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