About Global Online Academy

The mission of Global Online Academy is to replicate in online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its member schools; to foster new and effective ways, through best practices in online education, for students to learn; and to promote students’ global awareness and understanding by creating truly diverse, worldwide, online schoolroom communities.

Global Online Academy Member Schools

There are currently 35+ high-performing independent schools in the consortium, representing three continents, four countries, 21 states and the District of Columbia. Some partner schools include Germantown Friends in Philadelphia, Lakeside in Seattle, Punahou in Honolulu, Dalton in New York City, Sidwell Friends in the District of Columbia and international schools in China, Japan, Indonesia and Jordan. All GOA courses are taught by teachers who are currently teaching at a GOA member school.

About 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 interesting 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 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 that fosters strong teacher-student relationships and student-to-student collaboration and interaction.

With Global Online Academy, teachers and students can share their voice on a global stage, improving learning and enabling the pursuit of individual passions.

2017-18 Courses Offered

9/11 in a Global Context
Abnormal Psychology
Advanced Topics in Economics
Applying Philosophy to Modern Global Issues
Arabic Language Through Culture
Citizen Artist's Studio: From Making to Action
Computer Science II: Analyzing Data with Python
Computer Science II: Game Design and Development
Computer Science II: Java
Creative Nonfiction
Digital Journalism
Digital Photography
Entrepreneurship in a Global Context
Fiction Writing
Game Theory
Gender Studies
Genocide & Human Rights
Global Health
Introduction to Investments
iOS App Design
Japanese Language Through Culture
Medical Problem Solving
Music Theory & Digital Composition
Number Theory
Organic Chemistry
Poetry Writing
Positive Psychology
Power: Redressing Inequity Through Data
Practical Astronomy
Social Psychology
Water: From Inquiry to Action

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