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Greensboro Day School Selected for Global Online Academy

Greensboro Day School (GDS) was selected to become a member of Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of leading independent schools from around the world. GDS will be the first and only school in the Triad, and the fourth in the state of North Carolina, to join the more than 85 high-performing independent schools that represent five continents, nearly 20 countries, and more than 25 states. GOA member schools include Episcopal High School (Virginia), University Prep (Washington), Greenwich Academy (Connecticut), Germantown Friends School (Pennsylvania), the Dalton School (New York), Frankfurt International School (Germany).

Ed Billingslea, Upper School Director, stated, “We are thrilled to offer 50 additional rigorous courses for upper school students. Students can enroll in classes such as Japanese, Medical Problem Solving, International Relations, Bioethics, Criminal Law, and Multivariable Calculus. They will be expected to communicate and collaborate with peers around the world, and the courses will be reflected on their high school transcripts.”

GOA courses are taught by experienced faculty from member schools. High school students enrolled at GDS next fall will be able to enroll in GOA classes in August with other students from member schools around the world. GOA emphasizes the importance of relationships and connections through sharing different student perspectives.

“This is a game changer for our students. Preparing students for the new demands of college and careers can no longer be optimized with traditional structures alone. Schools must constantly evaluate and evolve in this fast-paced world in which we live.” said Tracie Catlett, Head of School. “GOA places human relationships at the core of their course experience. Our students will be collaborating weekly with their teachers and peers while completing challenging and interesting projects with students from around the globe. We are getting them college ready and life ready,”

Peter Williams, Academic Dean, shared, “GOA’s offerings and vision align with our mission to continue to provide students with the foundations they need to become constructive contributors to the world. The immediate result of our membership in this consortium will include a range of exciting and challenging new online electives available to our Upper School students.”

GDS faculty members hired to teach GOA courses will participate in GOA's world-renowned professional learning programs as they seek to improve their practice as modern educators continuously.
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