The classical Catholic curriculum studied and taught by wise men and saints is very simple–because it is true, and is in agreement with everything we perceive and know about God, ourselves, and the world. While the studies that make up this curriculum are rigorous and require years of study, there is none of the confusion or chaos that exists in modern schools and study programs (secular and Catholic). Though there are nearly 100 courses available for study in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, these divide into six simple subject areas.
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The Trivium consists of the three arts of Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric. In these courses, students study to understand the order that exists in human thought and speech. We offer Grammar courses in English, Latin and Greek, along with Classical Reasoning and Rhetoric.
The Quadrivium consists of the four arts of Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy. In these courses, students study to understand the order that exists in the four species of Quantity. In Arithmetic, students learn the science of absolute multitude, or number. In Geometry, students learn the science of magnitudes at rest. In Music, students learn the science of relative multitudes. In Astronomy, students learn the science of magnitudes in motion. In addition to classical mathematics courses, we offer a selection of modern mathematics courses to help students satisfy modern requirements.
Philosophy consists of three divisions: Rational Philosophy, Moral Philosophy and Natural Philosophy. Rational Philosophy is studied in the Grammar and Reasoning courses of the Trivium above. Moral Philosophy is studied in our Classical Ethics course. Natural Philosophy is studied in our Classical Physics and Metaphysics courses. In addition to these core courses, we offer introductory courses for younger students, which include Aesop’s Fables, Theophrastus’ Characters, and Pliny’s Natural History. We also provide courses surveying Platonic and Stoic philosophy. Modern sciences are also available here, as these represent the “Inductive Philosophy” that dislodged classical “Deductive Philosophy” from schools and is required by modern standards.
Theology is the study of divine revelation or “sacred doctrine”. It consists of two divisions: Scared Scripture and Sacred Tradition. We offer complete courses of study in Sacred Scripture beginning with simple Bible survey courses for children, a Daily Scripture Reading program and six Sacred Scripture courses for mature students. In Sacred Tradition, we offer three courses in the traditional Baltimore Catechism, four courses covering the content of the modern Catechism of the Catholic Church, and four courses surveying the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas.
While most of the subjects of the classical Catholic curriculum The Humanities consist of three divisions: History, Literature and the Fine Arts. For History, we provide courses in World Chronology and Geography for young students, and a complete World History program for mature students. In Literature, we provide four courses in World Literature, in which students survey the writings of Ancient, Classical, Medieval and Modern literature in English translation. For the Fine Arts, we courses in Music History, Art History, Drawing, Piano Theory and Gregorian Chant to enrich the curriculum.
The classical Catholic curriculum requires that students progress through a great amount of material, and success for many depends on getting off to a great start. To help young children begin early, we offer a series of video-based courses we call the “Petty School” program. These include courses in Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Bible and Catechism.
To compare our courses with modern grade-levels, please see this CLAA Grade Level Comparison.