Guided Liberal Arts Courses
St. Thomas Aquinas Academy offers web-enhanced, instructor-supported, live high school courses for Catholic homeschooling families. Our courses in the classical liberal arts aid parents in introducing their teens to the great books of Western Civilization. The courses focus on developing the student’s ability to read carefully, think critically about the readings, and grasp the great ideas in literature, theology, history, philosophy, and the physical sciences. Students learn to express their understanding in both written assignments and oral discussions.
St. Thomas Aquinas Academy's courses explore the works of the great writers and thinkers in Western Civilization, from the ancient Greeks and Romans, Scripture, Saints and Church Doctors, Renaissance poets, to America’s founders. Through our introductions to the great ideas and the cultural environment in which they arose, students will connect with the past and better understand the present.
Too often the trend in modern secularized education is toward career training and early specialization at the expense of that liberal arts education in which theology is the crown. Our courses emulate, rather, the wholesome traditional liberal arts education of the student as a person. To borrow from the writings of philosopher and educator Mortimer Adler, "The ultimate goal of the educational process is to help human beings become educated persons. Schooling is the preparatory stage; it forms the habit of learning and provides the means for continuing to learn after all schooling is completed." Classical, liberal arts learning allows students to "add to their knowledge, develop their intellectual powers, and enlarge their understanding beyond the level of attainment set for basic schooling." It is to that solid foundation that students are able to successfully layer on the specialized training required in their college majors, careers, and vocations.
To learn more about our courses...
- Courses, Schedules, and Course Materials
- 2023-2024 Academic Calendar
- About Live Class Meetings
- About Graded Assignments
- The "Student Behavior Policy"
- Frequently Asked Questions
To register for courses...
- Visit the Open Registration page. The period of registration for Fall classes is April through July; Fall classes begin in August. The period of registration for Spring classes is October through December; Spring classes begin in January.
STAA Study GuidesPreview Study Guides
Guides for high school students that include weekly reading plans, assignments, reflection topics, and gradebooks for the semester.
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