How to Select Courses

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The modern K-12 grade level system never existed in world history before the public schools were created in the 1850s and must be abandoned if students are to pursue a classical Catholic curriculum. Nevertheless, understanding that schools and parents looking at the Classical Liberal Arts Academy curriculum will do so with the K-12 model in mind, we offer the following course recommendations based loosely on that model.  This should not be interpreted as an approval of that model, but only as a help to those learning about true classical Catholic education. 

I.  Early Elementary (Level 000 Courses)

The goal of the early elementary years is for children to learn to study independently, that they may begin classical studies in the upper elementary years.  This requires that students learn to read, write, type, memorize mathematical facts, develop routines of prayer and study, etc.

Pre-K/K (Ages 3-6)

  1. Petty School Reading
  2. Petty School Writing
  3. Petty School Arithmetic

Grade 1 (Ages 6-7)

  1. English Reading
  2. Handwriting
  3. Latin Vocabulary
  4. Modern Arithmetic I
  5. Aesop’s Fables (Reading)
  6. Baltimore Catechism I

Grade 2 (Ages 7-8)

  1. English Reading
  2. Handwriting
  3. Latin Vocabulary
  4. Modern Arithmetic I
  5. Aesop’s Fables (Reading)
  6. Baltimore Catechism I

II.  Upper Elementary (Level 100 Courses)

At the upper elementary level, students move into true classical studies, getting started with classical Grammar, Latin reading, etc.

Grade 3 (Ages 8-9)

  1. Latin Reading
  2. Latin Vocabulary
  3. Modern Arithmetic II
  4. Aesop’s Fables
  5. Baltimore Catechism II
  6. Daily Scripture Reading
  7. World Chronology

Grade 4 (Ages 9-10)

  1. Classical Grammar
  2. Latin Reading
  3. Latin Vocabulary
  4. Modern Arithmetic II
  5. Aesop’s Fables
  6. Pliny, Natural History
  7. Baltimore Catechism II
  8. Daily Scripture Reading
  9. World Chronology

Grade 5 (Ages 10-11)

  1. Classical Grammar
  2. Latin Reading
  3. Latin Vocabulary
  4. Modern Arithmetic III
  5. Aesop’s Fables
  6. Pliny, Natural History
  7. Baltimore Catechism II
  8. Daily Scripture Reading
  9. World Chronology

III.  Middle School  (Level 200 Courses)

In the middle school years, students should be progressing steadily in classical studies, improving their comprehension and communication skills, putting them in prime position for the greatest possible achievement in the high school years.

Grade 6 (Ages 11-12)

  1. Classical Grammar
  2. Latin Reading
  3. Latin Vocabulary
  4. Modern Arithmetic III
  5. Aesop’s Fables
  6. Pliny, Natural History
  7. Baltimore Catechism II
  8. Daily Scripture Reading
  9. World Chronology

Grade 7 (Ages 12-13)

  1. Classical Grammar I
  2. Latin Reading I
  3. Greek Grammar
  4. Modern Arithmetic III or IV
  5. Aesop’s Fables
  6. Pliny, Natural History
  7. Baltimore Catechism II
  8. Sacred Scripture I
  9. World Chronology

Grade 8 (Ages 13-14)

  1. Latin Grammar I
  2. Latin Reading I
  3. Greek Grammar
  4. Modern Arithmetic III or IV
  5. Theophrastus, Characters
  6. Baltimore Catechism II or III
  7. Sacred Scripture I or II
  8. World Chronology

IV.  High School (Level 300-400 Courses)

In the high school years, students must immerse themselves in the most rigorous course of studies possible.  For students preparing for admission to selective universities, four years of English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Natural Science and History are necessary.  Catholic students must complete these studies in the most efficient manner possible, in a program into which classical Catholic studies are integrated.  It is better for Catholic students to continue their classical Catholic studies beyond age 18 and delay college admission, than to go without them into college and career studies. These courses develop and demand mature comprehension and communication skills.

Grade 9 (Ages 14-15)

  1. English Composition
  2. Latin Grammar
  3. Latin Reading
  4. Classical Reasoning
  5. Classical Arithmetic
  6. Moral Philosophy
  7. Natural Philosophy
  8. Sacred Scripture
  9. Catechism/Summa
  10. World History
  11. English Literature

Grade 10 (Age 15-16)

  1. English Composition
  2. Latin Grammar
  3. Latin Reading
  4. Classical Reasoning
  5. Classical Geometry
  6. Moral Philosophy
  7. Natural Philosophy
  8. Sacred Scripture
  9. Catechism/Summa
  10. World History
  11. English Literature

Grade 11 (Ages 16-17)

  1. English Composition
  2. Latin Grammar
  3. Latin Reading
  4. Classical Reasoning
  5. Classical Rhetoric
  6. Classical Geometry
  7. Moral Philosophy
  8. Natural Philosophy
  9. Sacred Scripture
  10. Catechism/Summa
  11. World History
  12. English Literature

Grade 12 (Ages 17-18)

  1. English Composition
  2. Latin Grammar
  3. Latin Reading
  4. Classical Reasoning
  5. Classical Rhetoric
  6. Classical Geometry
  7. Moral Philosophy
  8. Natural Philosophy
  9. Sacred Scripture
  10. Catechism/Summa
  11. World History
  12. English Literature

High School Transcript

If a student in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy wishes to apply for admission to a college, university, religious community or other institution, we recommend that the classical Catholic curriculum not be communicated simple because it will not be understood outside the CLAA.  We recommend that the student’s academic work be communicated in terms these institutions will understand, using a modern 4-year high school arrangement.

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