Global Online Academy (GOA)

GOA's mission is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
The Global Online Academy (GOA), a nonprofit, international learning organisation that empowers students, teachers, and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
By partnering with leading schools from around the world, GOA offers courses that connect students and faculty to topics they care about and leverages digital tools to reimagine traditional learning environments, unfettered by space and time constraints. Today, more than 120 high-performing independent schools in the consortium, representing more than 25 countries and more than 30 states.
As a proud new member of GOA, we will provide our students and faculty members with the opportunity to learn and exchange new ideas with some of the best educators around the globe. Thanks to GOA’s one-of-a-kind classes and professional development courses - not ordinarily available at Saltus - community members can explore new ideas and deepen their passions, anytime, anywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Who is eligible to take a GOA course?

    SGY 1 & SGY 2 students.

    Year 10 & Year 11 students may be able to be considered on a case by case basis, with an understanding that the GOA course would be on top of their current course load.
  • Are there any GOA courses that Saltus students may not take?*

    Students may not take GOA Psychology, GOA Computer Science, GOA Microeconomics or GOA Macroeconomics as we offer these courses at Saltus.

    *Please talk to Ann Paynter, Site Director if further clarification is needed.
  • How much time will I need to spend on a GOA course?

    In a typical GOA course, students can expect to dedicate five to seven hours per week to their coursework. This cannot be done in one sitting on a weekend. Students will need to login to work on GOA approximately five to seven times per week. Each class has a calendar that outlines course expectations and assignments. Treat a GOA course as you would an ‘in school’ Saltus course.
  • GOA students and teachers are around the globe. How does GOA fit into our school year and how do we communicate across the time zones?

    GOA has three terms each academic year. Term 1 runs from September to December. Term 2 runs from January to April. Summer term (which is a special Summer Programme) runs in June & July.
    The courses are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions. This means that while some of the coursework will be done on your own, there also will be involvement that is via zoom or another online platform where you will interact with the class, the teacher, your group or your partner. Students may be required to work outside of the school day, depending on their course load.  Teachers post schedule options for students to coordinate their times of availability.
  • Will GOA courses appear on my student's transcript?

    GOA courses taken prior to graduation will appear on the student’s transcript. If a students takes a GOA summer course at the end of  SGY2, Saltus can send the GOA summer transcript as an additional document to post secondary institutions on request.
  • How do you apply?

    1. Review the GOA Course catalogue online.
    2. Talk to your Advisor about the GOA course and how it fits into your studies.  
    3. Click the button to make an appointment with Ann Paynter, GOA Site Director.

    *Additional charges associated with some GOA courses will be disclosed prior to course registration.