Global Education

Global Online Academy

Global Online Academy (GOA) is a nonprofit organization that reimagines learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.

The Bishop’s School is a member of Global Online Academy and offers limited enrollment in GOA classes to its students. GOA classes do not satisfy departmental diploma requirements. However, the rich course offerings greatly enhance opportunities to learn and explore topics not covered or conveniently scheduled in the program on campus.

GOA classes are taught at a high level by faculty from member schools. Students should anticipate a workload similar to that of a course taken on campus. For more information about GOA, please visit or contact Gretchen Gleason

The 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 teachers to thrive in a globally networked society. The organization deepens learning through courses that equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in high school, college, career, and life. GOA coaches teachers to think differently about how they design student learning experiences. And, GOA works with educational leaders to ensure they have the strategies and tools to lead innovation and change.

How it Works
In a typical week, students commit five to seven hours to their GOA course. The classes do not have set meeting times because the teacher and 18 students are from schools around the world, located in multiple time zones. Rather, the teacher creates the class materials and assigns students work throughout the week. Students manage their own schedules and log onto Haiku, the online learning management system GOA uses, on a regular basis to complete assignments and engage with the class. Students collaborate on work with their classmates, often using Skype or other similar platforms.

Key Benefits
  • Students partake in cross-cultural, global discussions, generating insights that they then bring back to their brick-and-mortar classrooms.
  • Students learn to share their local and personal perspectives on global issues with students from all over the world –and are exposed to a bevy of perspectives from their classmates that they otherwise wouldn’t encounter.
  • Students need to learn how to communicate effectively through email and in digital public venues, as well as how to collaborate with others who aren’t in close proximity.
  • GOA uniquely prepares students for what they will encounter in college and the workforce.
  • GOA currently represents three continents and sixteen states and will continue to add new member schools and new voices to the classes.

Contact Us

To learn more about Global Online Academy at The Bishop’s School, contact:

Karri Woods
Chair, History and Social Sciences

(858) 875-0884
THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL     7607 La Jolla Boulevard     La Jolla, CA 92037     (858) 459-4021
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.