Global Online Academy
Albuquerque Academy is a founding member of Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of leading independent schools from around the world that fosters new, modern ways for students to learn and teachers to teach.
GOA offers diverse and rigorous credit-bearing courses to students in 85+ member schools representing more than 15 countries and 25 states. Academy students can take classes that aren’t offered at Academy; gain technology skills; and participate in a truly global classroom, learning alongside peers with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Courses are designed, developed, and taught by teachers from member schools and meet the standards of rigor and high quality for which these schools are well-known.
Academy students in grades 10-12 may elect to take a GOA class.
The GOA Mission
GOA imagines a future where all students acquire and practice modern learning skills to be global citizens.
The mission of Global Online Academy is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society. We deepen learning through courses that equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in high school, college, career, and life. We coach teachers to think differently about how they design student learning experiences. We work with educational leaders to ensure they have the strategies and tools to lead innovation and change.
Our program brings together experienced teachers and highly capable students in an interactive, rigorous learning environment. Our courses encourage the awakening of new interests and a passion for learning. Our classrooms bring together a variety of voices representing the geographic, cultural, and ethnic diversity possible in a global online environment. Class size is limited to 20 students.
All GOA courses are developed and taught by teachers who work at one of our member schools.
Teachers create their own materials for classes and connect students to curated material gathered from a variety of sources. Just like in brick and mortar classrooms at our member schools, in GOA classrooms emphasis is on engagement, interaction, and collaboration among students and with the teacher. 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. All classes contain both synchronous and asynchronous components, giving students the opportunity to connect in real time but also providing them with the ﬂexibility to work when and how they would like.
Through their curricula, teachers aim to meet three main goals: to create and maintain meaningful relationships with, and among, students; to create opportunities for students to share their local and personal perspective on global issues; and for the work to be meaningful and rigorous.
“There are a lot of solid reasons to believe online education is not going away. It’s important to have real experience with it rather than being an observer.”
– Dr. David Metzler, Academy math teacher and GOA instructor
Contact GOA Site Coordinator Dr. Jill Brown.