GOCA reached an important milestone in its history on March 18th-20th, the accreditation team of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) visited our school. All members of the faculty, administration, and staff worked on committees for more than a year to prepare the evidence needed to demonstrate that GOCA‘s leadership, curriculum, instructional practices, resources, and facilities are ready to receive the distinction of SACS accreditation.
During the visit, the External Review Team visited classrooms and interviewed students, teachers, administrators, staff members, parents, and the Governing Board to learn about GOCA. The visiting team presented its recommendations to Mr. Soroka, Mrs. Anderson, and the faculty on March 20th. The exciting news is that GOCA is recommended for accreditation! Final determination of the accreditation will be announced in June.
With the important SACS visit over, the next big event in GOCA’s life after Spring Break is the upcoming FCAT testing from April 15th to 30th. All students in grades third through eighth will be taking FCAT Reading and Math tests. Fifth and eighth graders will also be taking the FCAT Science tests. Fifth, sixth, and seventh graders have FCAT tests on the computers. This will be the first time for some of our students to take a computer-based test.
Students can practice computer-based tests, called ePATS or Electronic Practice Assessment Tools. These tests can be accessed at any time by students and their parents/guardians at www.FLAssessments.com/ePATs. GOCA encourages all students taking computer-based FCAT tests to practice at home, and FCAT Explorer is great practice for additional FCAT test review.
In the remaining days before the tests, parents should urge students to attend the after-school tutoring offered. Parents and families can support our students during the FCAT testing weeks by ensuring that students are in school, getting sufficient sleep and receiving a healthy breakfast each day. Parents are welcome to attend Parent FCAT Night on April 4th at 3:30 p.m.
Special guest at our Music, Arts, Poetry, and Soup (MAPS) event, Dr. Nikolai Vitti Duval County Superintendent at Global Outreach Charter Academy
Global Outreach Charter Academy (GOCA) is a school where students from many countries and various cultural backgrounds can experience a safe, student-centered environment, with immersion in a bilingual program that prepares participants for advanced studies at the high school and college levels. GOCA is a place where parents and teachers collaborate to ensure that all students meet high expectations in their personal and academic growth.
*Unique K-8 foreign language program
*Middle School Team Sports
*After School Activities
*Extended Day Program
GOCA Vision Statement
Creating a positive learning environment that fosters a culture of collaborations of student achievement and mutual respect.
GOCA Mission Statement
The mission of Global Outreach Charter Academy is to deliver a first-class academic program that offers a unique bilingual and multicultural curriculum, preparing students to have an edge in global competition.
GOCA values the exchange of ideas in a positive and respectful environment. Our program is designed around four pillars:
- Student academic success, using individualized instruction based on the Common Core and Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
- Global awareness and foreign language literacy through real-world applications that develops cognitive skills, positive discipline and collaborative learning.
- A highly qualified teaching staff who exemplifies compassion, dedication, and a commitment to shaping the lives of students and creating lifelong learners.
- Empowering parents and the community to be full partners in the academic success of all students.