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.
"There are so many interesting courses available that you are bound to be able to find something you can be passionate about. Just as example, I took 9/11 and the Global Effects because I felt like it was imperative that I learn more about the conflict in the Middle East before I (hopefully) serve in the military. "
- Radford Swent '17

About Global Online Academy

The mission of GOA is to 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 currently 64 high-performing independent schools in the consortium, representing 
12 different countries and 30 different U.S. 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.

CCES Upper School Students are currently taking three year-long courses for the 2016-17 school year, Medical Problem Solving, Abnormal Psychology, and Japanese Language through Culture. Courses during the first semester include, 9/11 in a Global Context, Medical Problem Solving, Water: From Inquiry to Action, Global Health, Graphic Design, Filmmaking, and iOS App Design. Semester II courses include Neuropsychology, Music Theory and Digital Composition, Abnormal Psychology, Gender Studies, Intro into Psychology, 9/11 in a Global Context, Medical Problem Solving, and Fiction Writing.

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. One CCES faculty member is part of the esteemed group of GOA Instructors in 2016-17, offering courses in Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology.

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

CCES Site Director

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  • Paulette Unger 

    Upper School Science Teacher
    864-299-1522 ext. 1251
A CCES education prepares students to think deeply, act responsibly, live vigorously, believe faithfully, lead resolutely, and create imaginatively.