Global Online Academy

Since 2014, The Episcopal Academy’s partnership with Global Online Academy (GOA) has allowed students test their passions in a variety of challenging courses alongside peers from around the world. GOA provides students with:

  • Supported modern learning, combining collaborative assignments and leveraging digital tools.
  • Strong student and teacher relationships that utilize independent school educational philosophies.
  • Opportunities to pursue passions and confront meaningful challenges in over 50 courses that expand Episcopal’s curriculum.
  • Flexibility to work independently at times that accommodate any schedule.
  • Shared global perspectives with classmates around the world in exploring relevant and current content.

"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

Global Online Academy is 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, Global Online Academy prepares students for a global future by providing new, modern ways for students to learn and teachers to teach. The schools that are members of Global Online Academy are well known for the strengths of their curricula and the excellence of their teaching

Global Online Academy Member Schools

There are more than 85 high-performing independent schools in the consortium, representing more than 15 countries and 25 states. A few partner schools include Sidwell Friends School in Washington; International School of Beijing in China; The Blake School in Minneapolis; The Dalton School in New York; King's Academy in Jordan; and Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico. All GOA courses are taught by teachers who are currently teaching at a GOA member school.

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.

Interested in learning more about GOA at EA?

Contact Mr. Yespelkis at

GOA Profile

GOA Course Descriptions


Summer Courses

Year-Long Courses
  • Arabic: Language Through Culture (Levels 1-3)
  • Japanese 1: Language Through Culture (Levels 1 & 2)
Semester 1 (September)
  • Bioethics
  • Business Problem Solving
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Filmmaking
  • Intro to Investments
  • Intro to Legal Thinking
  • International Relations
  • Medical Problem Solving
  • Number Theory
  • Race & Society
  • Social Psychology

Semester 2 (January)
  • Architecture
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Entrepreneurship in a Global Context
  • Game Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • Medical Problem Solving 2
  • Neuropsychology
  • Computer Programming 2: Analyzing Data Through Python
  • Positive Psychology
  • Prisons and the Criminal Law

and more!


Taking classes about global issues with students across the world not only makes me curious, but it makes me optimistic to study IR in college and learn more about how we are connected and how global diplomacy works.

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.