Global Online Academy

In 2014, Episcopal Academy entered into a partnership with Global Online Academy (GOA). GOA is not-for-profit consortium of leading independent schools from around the world. GOA offers EA the opportunity to learn alongside peers from around the world.

GOA courses allow EA to expand what we offer, and help students test their passions in ways typically unavailable on a single campus.

"GOA enhances our curriculum and helps our students develop more global awareness and truly become world citizens."

- Head of Upper School Mike Letts

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 50 schools from all over the world in the GOA consortium. Those schools include The American School in Japan; The Blake School in Minneapolis; International School of Beijing in China; The Dalton School in New York; Jakarta International School in Indonesia; King’s Academy in Jordan; The Westminster Schools in Atlanta; Lakeside School in Seattle; Latin School of Chicago; Punahou School in Honolulu; and Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

Global Online Academy Courses & Teachers

Students take GOA courses for credit at EA. GOA course workload and course intensity is equivalent to courses taken on our campus. Unlike many online courses, students are not passive receptors of prerecorded 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.

Course Catalog


Year-Long Courses
  • Arabic: Language Through Culture (Levels 1-3)
  • Japanese 1: Language Through Culture (Levels 1 & 2)
Semester 1 (September 2018)
  • Bioethics
  • Social Psychology
  • Advanced Topics in Economics
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Filmmaking
  • Medical Problem Solving
  • Number Theory

Semester 2 (January 2019)
  • Architecture
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Entrepreneurship in a Global Context
  • Gender Studies
  • Medical Problem Solving 2
  • Computer Programming 2: Analyzing Data Through Python

…and more!


Chris Stein '16 - Poetry Writing
GOA has allowed me to take a course that didn't fit into my EA schedule. I was also able to be more specific than just a creative writing course.
Eunice Ju '15 -  Multivariable Calculus
I think I'll remember GOA as the time I tried something new, messed around with my usual learning style and pushed myself to be more independent as a student.