Global Online Academy

Global Online Academy (GOA) is an international consortium of leading independent schools that offers timely and practical professional learning for teachers and rigorous online courses for students. FRA is the first school in Tennessee to join this illustrious list. As a member school, we are able to expand course offerings and provide our students the unique opportunity to connect with students from across the country and around the world.

In the second semester, FRA students in grades 10-12 have the opportunity to apply to take the GOA courses listed below. All courses have enrollment limits, so interested students will need to enroll quickly through GOA if their FRA application is accepted. 


GOA courses count as academic elective credit towards our FRA graduation requirements and will appear on our FRA transcript and in students’ GPA. GOA courses have similar workload and intensity to courses taken on our campus. Though students will complete work asynchronously, rather than in real-time with all students and teachers gathered simultaneously, students will still actively collaborate on projects and communicate directly with other students and teachers from around the world. Thanks to small class sizes (typically around 20 students), FRA students in GOA courses will continue to benefit from individual attention from teachers and opportunities to actively participate with peers.


GOA imagines a future where all students acquire and practice modern learning skills to be global citizens.

The mission of Global Online Academy is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society. We deepen learning through courses that equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in high school, college, career, and life. We coach teachers to think differently about how they design student learning experiences. We work with educational leaders to ensure they have the strategies and tools to lead innovation and change.


Global Online Academy is a not-for-profit consortium of 115+ independent schools from around the world. Started by a group of independent schools looking to bring the benefits of online learning to their teachers and students, Global Online Academy prepares students for a global future by providing new, modern ways for students to learn and teachers to teach.

The schools that are members of Global Online Academy are well known for the strengths of their curricula and the excellence of their teaching.


Our program brings together experienced teachers and highly capable students in an interactive, rigorous learning environment. Our courses encourage the awakening of new interests and a passion for learning. Our classrooms bring together a variety of voices representing the geographic, cultural, and ethnic diversity possible in a global online environment.

Class size is limited to 20 students.