About Global Online Academy
Columbus Academy is a member school of Global Online Academy (GOA), a not-for-profit consortium of 85+ independent schools from around the world. Started by a group of independent schools looking to bring the benefits of online learning to their teachers and students, GOA prepares students for a global future by providing new, modern ways for students to learn and teachers to teach.
The mission of Global Online Academy is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society; to deepen learning through courses that equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in high school, college, career, and life. GOA teachers think differently about how they design student learning experiences and learn from working with educational leaders to ensure they have the strategies and tools to lead innovation and change.
Our Global Online Academy Members
Global Online Academy Member Schools
Columbus Academy is proud to be one of more than 115 high-performing independent schools in the GOA consortium, which currently spans five continents, more than 25 countries, and more than 30 states. Some other partner schools include Germantown Friends in Philadelphia, Lakeside in Seattle, Punahou in Honolulu, The Dalton School in New York, Sidwell Friends in Washington D.C. and international schools in China, Japan, India and Jordan. All GOA courses are taught by experienced faculty who are currently teaching at GOA member schools that are well known for the strengths of their curricula and the excellence of their teaching.
Global Online Academy Courses & Teachers
Students take GOA courses for credit at Columbus Academy. GOA course workload and course intensity is equivalent to courses taken on our campus. Unlike many online courses, students are not passive receptors of pre-recorded lectures from their teachers. Instead, students collaborate on challenging and engaging projects with students from around the world. They are also expected to manage their workload and time effectively to support the asynchronous nature of the courses. GOA classes are teacher-paced, meaning students are assigned work throughout the week rather than given assignments to complete over a large block of time. GOA maintains excellence through rigorous teacher training, building on the best practices and values of leading independent schools - and by ensuring classrooms stay at a small size (limited to 20 students) that fosters strong teacher-student relationships and student-to-student collaboration and interaction in real time.
With Global Online Academy, teachers and students can share their voice on a global stage, improving learning and enabling the pursuit of individual passions.
2020-21 Courses Offered
9/11 in a Global Context
Applying Philosophy to Global Issues
Arabic Language Through Culture I, II & III
Business Problem Solving
Climate Change and Global Inequality
Computer Science I: Computational Thinking
Computer Science II: Analyzing Data with Python
Computer Science II: Game Design and Development
Computer Science II: Java
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Entrepreneurship in a Global Context
Gender & Society
Genocide and Human Rights
Introduction to Investments
Introduction to Legal Thinking
Introduction to Psychology
iOS App Design
Japanese Language Through Culture I, II & III
Medical Problem Solving I & II
Prisons and the Criminal Law
Problem Solving with Engineering and Design
Race & Society