GOA imagines a future where all students acquire and practice modern learning skills to be global citizens.
St. Christopher’s participation in the Global Online Academy (GOA) is a key component to enhance learning and grow our mission. We recognize that preparing boys for leadership in a dynamic, interconnected world requires our programming to evolve and expand. This initiative supports our strategic focus on creative thinking and problem solving, technological savvy, intellectual risk taking, global engagement, empathy, and collaboration.


The mission of Global Online Academy is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society. We deepen learning through courses that equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in high school, college, career, and life. We coach teachers to think differently about how they design student learning experiences. We work with educational leaders to ensure they have the strategies and tools to lead innovation and change.

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.

Academic Program
Our program brings together experienced teachers and highly capable students in an interactive, rigorous learning environment. Our courses encourage the awakening of new interests and a passion for learning. Our classrooms bring together a variety of voices representing the geographic, cultural, and ethnic diversity possible in a global online environment.
Class size is limited to 20 students.

All GOA courses are developed and taught by teachers who work at one of our member schools. Teachers create their own materials for classes and connect students to curated material gathered from a variety of sources. Just like in brick and mortar classrooms at our member schools, in GOA classrooms emphasis is on engagement, interaction, and collaboration among students and with the teacher. GOA classes are teacher-paced, meaning students are assigned work throughout the week rather than given assignments to complete over a large block of time. All classes contain both synchronous and asynchronous components, giving students the opportunity to connect in real time but also providing them with the flexibility to work when and how they would like. Through their curricula, teachers aim to meet three main goals: to create and maintain meaningful relationships with, and among, students; to create opportunities for students to share their local and personal perspective on global issues; and for the work to be meaningful and rigorous.

Interested in learning more about GOA at St. Christopher's? Contact Carey Pohanka, GOA Site Director, at pohankac@stcva.org