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Classical Education for Modern Students

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The Classical Liberal Arts Academy gives students of all ages access to the same classical studies that have been enjoyed by wise men and saints through history, with the benefit of modern accreditation.

Online Courses

Whether you’re a homeschooling parent looking for courses for your children or an adult student interested in life-long learning, we offer a rich selection of online courses that can’t be found elsewhere. All courses are self-paced and can be started at any time. Course enrollment includes study materials, graded assessments, records and live support.

To view all available courses visit our Course Catalog.

All-Access Enrollment Plans

Our enrollment plans provide a student with access to all of our online courses, study materials, graded assessments, records and support. The Premium Student Plan includes live, individualized services. Click “Select options” for details:

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Live Help from Catholic Classicists!

Mr. & Mrs. Michael have over 25 years of experience in classical education.

Students enrolled in the Academy’s Premium Student Plan enjoy access to live daily help from experienced Catholic classicists.

Mr. & Mrs. Michael are Lay Dominicans in the Catholic Church, who studied Classics at Rutgers University and have been working together in classical education for over 25 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael are available for students and parents by email, live chat, phone and in Zoom meeting rooms throughout the day to help with planning studies, understanding lessons, mastering assessments, and more.

For more information about Mr. and Mrs. Michael, visit the About the CLAA page.

Classical Education in the 21st Century

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 education. See the links on the left side the page (bottom on mobile) for article topics and recent posts.

Here are some important resources to help you get started:

  • To learn about the history and principles of real classical education, enroll in Mr. Michael’s course for parents and teachers: “Understanding Classical Education“.
  • To help discern whether the CLAA is a good fit for you, see our Admission Requirements.
  • For information on enrollment, tuition and services, see our Enrollment page.
  • For help choosing courses for students at different age or grade levels, see our Course Recommendations page.
  • To access our online courses, visit the Academy Study Center.
  • To read what others have to say about our courses, see our Feedback page.
  • To learn about our accreditation status, visit the Accreditation page.

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

Excellent Support

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:


The Classical Liberal Arts Academy is accredited by Cognia, which includes:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

In 2024, the CLAA completed Cognia’s Accreditation Review and received an Index of Educational Quality (IEQ) score of 320, which is almost 70 points above the average 253), and 20 points above the accreditation requirement of 300.

Moving Beyond the “Classical Education” Movement

Since 1995, the “classical education movement” has promoted a shallow 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 progress in real classical studies. 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. We can do better in 2024.

Some signs to watch out for:

  • 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;
  • labeling of politically conservative American education as “classical education”;
  • use of the modern K-12 school model in “classical” schools/programs;
  • misuse of marketing catch phrases like “truth, goodness and beauty”;
  • shallow treatment of the classical languages;
  • attention to the works of Plato and modern philosophers rather than Aristotle;
  • the advertisement of “accreditation” from agencies not recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education;
  • teaching and advice from people with no experience in classical studies.

Real classical education is the education that was enjoyed by wise men and saints throughout 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, the theological writings of St. Thomas Aquinas and works that proceed from them. For a full explanation of the history and principles of real classical education, see our popular online course, “Understanding Classical 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 modern requirements force us to adapt, but our accreditation proves this false. We recommend that 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 studies, please feel free to contact me, directly, any time.

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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