ASD has joined the Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of the top independent schools from around the world to provide students with rigorous authentic distance learning opportunities. Through this program, a select number of students work closely with peers and teachers from the U.S. and other international schools in online coursework. This learning opportunity challenges students to develop core competencies and global citizenship skills.
Students who choose to enroll in these courses should note that collaboration with peers and teachers is an essential component of most GOA courses, and students will be expected to manage collaboration and communication across varied time zones. Students who are eligible and interested in completing these specialized learning options may choose to enroll in a one-semester or year-long online course. Once students register, they must commit to completing the course. The GOA course must be a course not already offered at ASD.
GOA has its own ADD/DROP deadlines for which fees may apply. The GOA Site Director will contact students to assist them through the process of signing up for a specific course. The GOA course replaces one of the eight courses they would ordinarily register for in an academic school year; this course cannot be taken in addition to the maximum course load.
Students are encouraged to select a course that allows them to follow their passions or interests and goes beyond the options available on-site at ASD.
Credits earned through GOA could be used to fulfill ASD graduation credit requirements, and GOA classes will appear on the student’s transcript and become a part of the student’s official academic record. To earn credit, the course must be completed prior to the final day of the semester; otherwise, the course will be listed as an F. GOA courses will be listed on the ASD transcript along with the final grade and credit earned. The final grade will be incorporated into the cumulative GPA.
For a list of courses, view the GOA catalog
Experiential Learning at ASD
Internship is an inquiry-based pedagogical approach that provides opportunities for students to co-construct their learning by participating in rich experiences connected to a community outside school; reflecting on those experiences to derive meaning, and applying their learning to influence their decisions and actions in various aspects of their lives.
Self Directed Project students view their area of study in an authentic local and global context and connect it to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The process of the SDP—investigation, planning, action, reflection, and public demonstration—is offered as a framework for learning with students creating an authentic product or outcome of their own while addressing issues or topics relevant to themselves. The process allows for student-generated learning results and supports the development and growth of the ASD student profile attributes.