Global Online Academy

Hawken School is a proud member of the Global Online Academy, a not-for-profit consortium of elite, international independent schools with a mission to develop 21st century skills by replicating, in shared online classrooms, the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are the hallmarks of its member schools.

Hawken’s partnership with the Global Online Academy allows students to explore the entire world from their own home. Students who elect to take an additional course through GOA have options that far extend the typical high school curriculum – courses such as biochemistry, Arabic and computer programming. As an added benefit, the online format exposes students to peers from different cultures and backgrounds. Classes taken at GOA are recognized as credit-bearing courses and appear on student transcripts.

Global Online Academy was founded when Lakeside School of Seattle invited 15 peer schools for a three-day conference to discuss aspects of online learning and the enhanced range of learning possibilities that a peer partnership could provide to students and educators. The founding schools included Cranbrook Schools of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; The Dalton School, NY, NY; King’s Academy, Madaba-Manja, Jordan; Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC; Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Catlin Gabel School, Portland, Oregon; Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Head-Royce School, Oakland, California; Lakeside School, Seattle, Washington; and Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hawken is the only school in Ohio to hold membership in the Global Online Academy. The consortium now includes more than 50 signature independent schools recognized for their academic excellence. Along with the before-noted founding schools, consortium membership includes the International School of Beijing, Shunji, Beijing, China; Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Jakarta International School, Jakarta, Indonesia; The Blake School, Hopkins, Minnesota; Greenhill School, Dallas, Texas; Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, Louisiana; Noble and Greenough, Dedham, Massachusetts; and The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia.

Additional information about the Global Online Academy, its mission, history and programs can be found at

"Global Online Academy means that our students in Cleveland, Ohio can learn from a great teacher in, say, Atlanta or Jakarta, with a class full of students from all over the world. It also means that our great teachers will be creating online courses for students with wildly diverse circumstances and life experiences, expanding their reach and their practice. Put simply, we’re excited about what GOA brings to our students and what GOA allows us to bring to others."

Doris Korda, Associate Head of School
Learn more about the Global Online Academy.

Click here for the Global Online Academy School Profile 2014-2015.
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