When families call upon the Classical Liberal Arts Academy to assist
children with college preparation, we make it our personal
responsibility to lead them to success.
1. We provide
an elite college preparatory classical liberal arts education that puts
your child in a position to not only earn college admission, but
awards & scholarships as well.
2. We maintain complete academic records for your child. We can even
consolidate studies form multiple sources into one transcript.
3. We provide
vocational and college counseling services from a Christian perspective
you can trust.
4. We provide influential
recommendations to excellent colleges and universities.
5. We serve as liaison between your family and the colleges of your choice.
6. We assist in preparing an admissions application packet for your
7. We provide expert SAT and ACT preparation for your child from a
8. Provide continued student support as your child begins studies at the
university--a key part of college preparation.
9. Relieve your
family of the pressure of college preparation.
COLLEGE PREP MYTHS
"Colleges like to see a lot of extra-curricular activities on your
Wrong. Colleges are looking for
experiences that demonstrate your maturity, leadership potential and
promise of success in the field you intend to study. No one is so
naive to think that a 3rd string punter on the JV football team is
gaining much from that extra-curricular "activity". Even if
colleges did, busy-ness is not spiritually healthy.
Small Colleges are Better than Large Universities
Wrong. This is an advertising
half-truth used by small colleges to attract students.
Every large university is composed of a number of small colleges all
under one roof. Sure, freshman courses may be large, but by the
time the student settles into his or her major studies, classes shrink
and students enjoy intimate relations with professors and classmates.
Plus, the students at the large university enjoy the benefits of the
campus resources. That's not to say small colleges aren't great!
We are only warning that the "small colleges are better" line is untrue.
3. SAT Scores Don't Matter that
Much in College Admissions
Wrong. This is true at elite schools
where just about every student applying has a very high score.
Once you meet the school's minimum score, only then do SAT scores no
longer matter. As long as every college advertises their average
SAT scores, you can be sure that they will not admit students who bring
that number down.
Get only the facts with the Classical
Liberal Arts Academy's College Counseling Services.
Belmont Abbey is a
private Catholic college in the Charlotte area of North Carolina
located on the grounds of the
Benedictine monastery, Belmont Abbey.
While the college is over 130 years old, we highlight this
college not for its history,
but for its future.
Dr. William Thierfelder (a
homeschooling Catholic father of ten), BAC is
making bold strides to restore
the liberal arts core of Catholic education and cultivate a
spirit of Catholic excellence and virtue on campus. Being
the closest Catholic college to Charlotte, we look forward to
supporting BAC through the years. Plus, BAC is
CLAA & COLLEGE PREP
College admissions requirements are
written with the assumption that most students will be coming
from schools that follow a curriculum based on that of the
public schools. These are very low academic standards
which simply do not apply to the level of studies pursued in the
Our students do not begin college
prep studies in high school. They begin them on the first
day of study when they are often only 7 or 8 years old.
Moreover, our courses are equivalent to multiple courses in
Nevertheless, we provide each
student completing our program with two transcripts: one
in terms of the classical liberal arts curriculum and another in
terms of the modern curriculum. Seeing the details of the
classical studies program in terms of the modern schools'
courses is quite impressive.
The CLAA provides every student with
admissions test prep to ensure
that the students' learning is manifested by testing.
Lastly, the Academy provides clear
reference letters and course descriptions for graduating
students that allow colleges to understand the level of study
and rigorous nature of assessment to which our students are
SAT TIPS FROM ARISTOTLE
an SAT essay requires only 2 steps: (1) stating your
judgment, and (2) proving it. To
prove your opinion you can use examples or enthymemes.
But do you know what enthymemes are?
Enthymemes are carefully designed arguments that allow
the reader to foresee the conclusion. These are
the most persuasive of all arguments.