There’s More to College Prep than College Admission

When we look at the admission requirements of selective colleges and universities, we find a list of standard courses that constitute a modern “college prep” curriculum. Harvard University, for example, recommends the following: The study of English for four years: close and extensive reading of the classics of the world’s literature; four years of a single foreign language; the study of history for at least two years, and preferably three years: American history, European history, and one additional advanced history course; the study of mathematics for four years; the study of science for four years: physics, chemistry, and biology, and … Continue

St. Thomas Aquinas on the Office of a Wise Man

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In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, we study to become wise men. In this post, I’d like to share a passage from St. Thomas Aquinas’ famous work, “Summa Contra Gentiles”, in which he discusses the office, or duty, of a wise man. Enjoy. -WCM “My mouth shall meditate truth, and my lips shall hate impiety.” Proverbs 8:7 1. The usage of the multitude, which according to the Philosopher is to be followed in giving names to things, has commonly held that they are to be called wise who order things rightly and govern them well. Hence, among other things that … Continue

Why are Catholic homeschool students studying books by anti-Catholic authors?

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When Catholics find themselves buying books by anti-Catholic authors, they should know that something’s wrong. Hopefully, you’ll give us a chance to explain what it is. If we look around at what’s being sold in the name of “Catholic homeschool curricula”, it’s quite revealing of the deeper problems in Catholic education. There is a disconnect between the Catholic educational tradition of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, etc., and modern Catholic teachers. Catholic schools offer little more than public school programs with private school tuition, which isn’t a plan at all. Catholic homeschool programs offer one of two options: K-12 public … Continue

Online Courses

Free Self-Paced Online Courses in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy

The Classical Liberal Arts Academy works to research, restore, publish and teach the classical Catholic curriculum that was enjoyed by saints and wise men throughout history.  We make this curriculum available to students of all ages through our online courses.  All of our courses are self-paced (no deadlines or expiration dates) and all study materials are delivered directly to students (and parents) through our online Study Center. Free Enrollment We welcome all students to enjoy our online curriculum at no cost.  All of the study materials used in our program are available for study, and our online system allows students … Continue

Enroll in the CLAA Family Plan (30 days free!)

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Have a large family? So do I–ten children! I know the financial challenges of providing the kids with great opportunities to study, whether it’s formal studies, music lessons, martial arts classes, team sports, tutoring–the costs add up quickly. In fact, it’s often impossible to afford what the kids need. Family life is tough! In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, I work to make sure that we not only offer real classical Catholic education, but that we do so in a way that’s affordable to the people who actually need it. Our Family Plan provides everyone in the family with free … Continue

TAN Academy vs. the Classical Liberal Arts Academy (2022)

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TAN Academy Background TAN Academy is a new homeschool program operated by the owners of the Catholic book publishing company TAN Books. The program is investing heavily in online paid advertising, and claiming (oddly) to be the “premier Catholic homeschool program”, which is certainly not true (see below). There is, however, more misleading advertising that Catholics should be aware of. The company says, “TAN Academy is built and run by the same people who publish TAN Books.” This is technically true today, but it doesn’t mean what it appears to mean. When Catholics think of TAN Books, they think of … Continue

Mother of Divine Grace vs. the Classical Liberal Arts Academy

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Mother of Divine Grace School claims to offer Catholic students a “classical” education, but when examined, it offers none of the subjects that were studied and taught by saints and wise men of the past. On the other hand, the Classical Liberal Arts Academy provides for them all. There is nothing to compare between these two programs. 1. Does the program teach classical Latin Grammar? Mother of Divine Grace: NOMODG offers Latin courses using Henle’s Latin Grammar, but this text was intended for modern Catholic high schools and does not teach the art of Grammar. Classical Liberal Arts Academy: YESThe … Continue