Global Online Academy

GOA’s mission is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.


Students take GOA courses for credit at the International School of Amsterdam. GOA course workload and course intensity is equivalent to courses taken at ISA. Lectures are not pre-recorded for students to passively receive; instead, students collaborate on challenging and interesting projects with other 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.


Global Online Academy Member Schools

There are more than 85 high-performing independent schools in the consortium, representing more than 15 countries. All GOA courses are taught by teachers who are currently teaching at a GOA member school.




ISA GOA Site Director

Douglas Beam 
dbeam@isa.nl