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Classical Catholic Education


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 and it is the most affordable study program available.

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 selective admissions, high tuition, student loans, or unnecessary deadlines. Any student who desires to study is welcome to do so. Our program is designed to be used by students of all ages independently, at their own pace, responsibly.

This website may look simple, but it contains a great amount of information on classical Catholic education, homeschooling, private school management, parenting, studying and more. See the links at the bottom of the page for article topics and recent posts.

Here are some important resources to help you get started:

If you need any help, visit the Academy Help Center.


“The CLAA staff are the leaders in the research and administration of classical Catholic studies today.”

Cognia

Enrollment Levels

The CLAA offers four levels of enrollment, intended to the needs of students as they advance in classical Catholic studies:

1. Extern Enrollment (Free)

Extern enrollment provides free access to the study materials on the Academy Study Center, but no assessment, records or support.  It is intended to be used by homeschool parents or adult students looking for a source of organized, online study materials. Enrollment can be upgraded at any time.
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2. Student Tuition ($25/month)

The Student Plan provides access to all of the Academy’s online courses with quizzes, written assignments and records. Support is available to Student Plan subscribers through the Academy Help Center and Email.
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3. Premium Student Tuition ($100/month)

The Premium Student Enrollment provides all that is included in the Student Plan, plus weekly meetings with the Academy headmaster by live chat for help with planning, task management and tutoring, as well as free consultation meetings for parents.
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Expert Help Always Available

We intend for our program to be used by parents and students independently and we work to make expert help available as conveniently as possible:

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Accreditation

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 great confusion in education today. 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
mail@classicalliberalarts.com


“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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