Upper School

Global Online Academy

GOA's mission is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
In 2014, Christ Church Episcopal School (CCES) entered into a partnership with Global Online Academy (GOA). GOA is a not-for-profit consortium of leading independent schools from around the world. GOA offers CCES students the opportunity to learn alongside peers from around the world. GOA courses further enrich the CCES experience by helping students test their passions in ways typically unavailable on a single campus.
“Global Online Academy is truly an amazing opportunity that has joined the list of wonderful course opportunities that a CCES education provides. The online learning platform allows students to pursue a wide range of courses from Bioethics to Architecture and anywhere in between. My course in architecture forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and apply myself in ways that I had never been able to prior to taking a GOA course. Collaborating with a global community allows a CCES student to carry with them the core principles of the school to explore and discover topics and ideas that are rarely found in the average classroom”. 
- Porter Brown '20

About Global Online Academy

The mission of GOA is to provide a positive, interactive, and academically rigorous environment for students to learn. GOA offers online courses that connect students to topics they care about, and offer a network that connects those students to peers as passionate as they are.

Global Online Academy Member Schools

There are more than 120 high-performing independent schools in the consortium, representing more than 25 countries and more than 30 states. All GOA courses are taught by teachers who are currently teaching at a GOA member school.

About Global Online Academy's Courses and Teachers

Students take GOA courses for credit at CCES. 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. CCES faculty members are also a part of the esteemed group of GOA Instructors.

With Global Online Academy, teachers and students can share their voice on a global stage, improving learning and enabling the pursuit of individual passions.
Contact CCES GOA Site Director: Paulette Unger, 864.299.1522 x1251 or at
I took a GOA class because it offered a course that consisted in one of my passions and favorite academic subjects: philosophy, a course that is not available in our school and rarely at any other schools.  I am extremely satisfied with everything I learned, which has helped me grow as a student and a thinker. I would recommend GOA particularly on the basis that it offers material that one cannot academically immerse themselves into in a typical school. If someone is curious about a topic or thinks they might want a job in a certain field, a GOA course offers an experience where one can determine if spending time thinking about and applying that topic is truly enjoyable and worth their time later on in life, even if not in the same context. Ultimately, it can help form their intellectual identity.  -Tyler Baughcome

CCES Site Director

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    Paulette Unger 

    Upper School Science Teacher & GOA Site Director
    864-299-1522 ext. 1251
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