Global Online Academy

Durham Academy is a 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 teachers and students share their voice on a global stage, enhancing learning and enabling the pursuit of individual passions.

GOA offers DA Upper School students the opportunity to learn alongside peers from around the world. GOA courses allow DA to expand what we offer, and they enable students to test their passions in ways typically unavailable on a single campus.

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 more than 60 high-performing independent schools in the consortium, representing four continents, four countries and more than 20 states. Some partner schools include Sidwell Friends School in Washington; The Blake School in Minneapolis; The Dalton School in New York; and Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico. All GOA courses are taught by teachers who are currently teaching at a GOA member school.

About Global Online Academy Courses and Teachers

Students take GOA courses for credit at Durham Academy. 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.

Interested in learning more about GOA at DA?

Contact Upper School registrar Verle Renerus at

"As we endeavor to equip students for moral, happy and productive lives, we know that significant portions of those lives will be lived online. High-quality digital learning (just like the responsible use of electronic devices and the conscientious forging of respectful online relationships) takes practice. GOA is one of several strands in our program that help students choose moral, happy, productive choices in the digital realm."

— Durham Academy Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner

An independent, coeducational day school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
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