Academics

Global Online Academy

Punahou School is a founding member of the  Global Online Academy.

Established in 2011, the Global Online Academy (GOA) offers diverse and rigorous credit-bearing courses to students in member schools around the world. All GOA courses have synchronous components (when students collaborate together or work with their teacher at a set time, generally using video conferencing software) and asynchronous components (students choose when to participate.)

Learn more about the Global Online Academy from Punahou Academy English faculty Marisa Proctor, junior Zoey Duan ’22 and others.
 
Punahou School is a founding member of the Global Online Academy (GOA). Established in 2011, GOA offers diverse and rigorous credit-bearing courses to students in member schools around the world. All GOA courses have synchronous components (when students collaborate together or work with their teacher at a set time, generally using video conferencing software) and asynchronous components (students choose when to participate).

GOA students participate in a truly global classroom, learning alongside peers with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Courses are designed, developed and taught by teachers from member schools and meet the rigor and high quality for which these schools are well-known.

Credit is awarded by Punahou for participating Punahou students.
To learn more about GOA, visit globalonlineacademy.org.

List of 5 items.

  • Academic Calendar

    The GOA semester calendar start and end dates are different from those at Punahou. Summer courses for the Summer 1 session begin June 15, 2023 and ends August 2, 2023. The fall semester begins August 30, 2023 and ends December 15, 2023. The spring semester begins January 10, 2024 and ends April 26, 2024.
  • Credit

    GOA courses are equivalent to an honors or AP course in amount of work and time necessary to complete the course. The 2023 – 2024 courses offer elective credit at Punahou. Semester courses earn one-half credit and year courses earn one credit.
  • Enrollment

    Class size is limited and drawn from participating schools, so enrollment of Punahou students is limited. Punahou students may enroll in only one GOA course per semester and selection may be by lottery if necessary. Students may register for GOA courses during their programming conference with the Dean. Enrollment in any GOA course is subject to Dean’s approval.
  • Student Qualifications

    Preference for these courses is given to 11th and 12th graders who have demonstrated serious academic intent and earned good personal development ratings (3s and 4s). Students considering these online courses should be intrinsically motivated and know how to effectively manage their time. GOA classes can only be taken as a 6th class in the student’s schedule.
  • Tuition

    Tuition for GOA courses during the school year will be covered within Punahou’s tuition. Tuition for GOA courses during the summer is $750 per course. Families may incur a drop fee if the class is dropped after the deadlines by 50% or 100% of the course, roughly $500 per course during the school year.