Global Online Academy
Vistamar has expanded our course offerings by partnering with Global Online Academy (GOA), a non-profit organization made up of an international consortium of schools that provides high-quality online learning experiences for students and educators. We are delighted to give students more opportunities to take passion-based, specialized enrichment courses, providing another way for students to hone their interests or build on their curiosities. At times in the past, we have not always been able to provide a course that only a few students are interested in. GOA will give us a way to meet the needs of these students. The courses are created and taught by teachers from member schools, ensuring that they meet Vistamar’s high academic standards.
About Global Online Academy
The mission of Global Online Academy is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
Global Online Academy Member Schools
There are more than 125 high-performing independent schools in the consortium, representing 30 countries and more than 30 states in the U.S. A few partner schools include Lakeside School in Seattle; 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.
Taking Classes with GOA
Students may take a GOA class during the school year or during the summer. Students take GOA courses for credit at Vistamar School. 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.
GOA allowed me to explore a subject I have been interested in studying in college, showing me that it is a passion I might want to pursue professionally.
For questions and more information: See your Life Planner or Director of Teaching & Learning, Regan Galvan.