At the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, our goals are very clear. We collaborate with pastors and parents to educate children to know, love and serve God. Our concerns are wisdom and holiness, faith and charity, work and prayer. We don’t talk college admission. We don’t talk standardized testing. After all, there are plenty of schools designed to get kids into college or through a job interview, but few are concerned that students learn what St. Paul said was the aim of the Church’s teaching:
“Love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.”
While the classical liberal arts curriculum may be different, it is not difficult to understand. It is timeless and trustworthy as nearly all of the learned saints studied in this blessed system.
WHERE TO BEGIN
The classical liberal arts curriculum starts at the same place for everyone. There is no such thing as a “state of learning” based on a student’s age. Students must master each subject in order and the younger they begin, the better. Your family can add a single course to an existing study program or pursue a full classical education with us. Students can begin with entry level courses in Theology, the Trivium and the Quadrivium.
To prepare students for advanced Christian philosophy and theology in later years, the foundation must be laid not only in learning the faith but in establishing the habits of that faith. This includes the study of Sacred Scripture, Catechism and Prayer.
Students cannot write well before they have learned to think well. You will not be able to teach a child to think well until he learns to use language masterfully. Grammar is the “gateway of the arts” and without it no student can hope to study Reasoning, Rhetoric or any of the higher arts. The CLAA provides a complete program in Grammar as it was taught when schools prepared children for philosophy and theology, which begins with the following courses:
Please note that we also offer English Grammar and Reading courses that allow students to work through modern “English” requirements.
In classical Catholic education, Mathematics were not studied “for business” but for Wisdom. We provide a complete classical mathematics program that covers the ancient arts of Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy. Arithmetic is the first art to be studied, and because it begins with simple memory work, Geometry can be started as well.
Please note that we also provide Modern mathematics courses that allow students to work efficiently through all modern requirements.
We recommend that students wait to study classical philosophy courses until they have complete the study of Latin Grammar II and Reasoning I. Younger students are encouraged to study Aesop’s Fables, Theophrastus’ Characters and Pliny’s Natural History as excellent preparation for classical philosophy studies. We also recommend that students read the Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius to become acquainted with the names they will encounter in their philosophy studies.
Students who have begun to make progress in core classical Catholic studies (above) are welcome to study our “enrichment” courses. These courses should not be allowed to distract a student from core studies, but are valuable in the development of the student’s knowledge of the history, literature and Catholic culture. See menu for available courses.
If you have little ones that you would like to study in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, the best thing for them is to get started in our Petty School program. These popular courses are video-based and introduce children to the ideas that they will be studying as they enter into Grammar, Arithmetic, Philosophy and Theology. See menu for available courses.
We know the CLAA is a different world when it comes to education and that you probably have questions. All our parents do. You can post a question on the Support Forum, start a live chat, or send us a message. We’ll answer every question.