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GOAL Academy High School, with a local campus in Alamosa serving the San Luis Valley, has become part of Microsoft’s 2022-2023 Showcase School program cohort.

GOAL also has been selected as one of three schools worldwide to receive the distinction of “Biggest Impact School.” The three awards were given in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. According to Christina Thoreson, director of Worldwide Education for Microsoft, the designation is a result of GOAL achieving the “highest levels of innovation and expertise in the optimal use of technology in teaching and learning.”

In its 15 years, GOAL has embraced technological transformation and leveraged Microsoft’s Education Transformation Framework to drive a positive culture of teaching and learning. Consequently, GOAL was able to not only successfully navigate the pandemic, but also assisted other educational leaders along the way during those challenging times.


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GOAL Chief Executive Officer Dr. Constance Jones said, “Receiving this recognition of being the Biggest Impact School in the Americas is not only a wonderful honor, but it is also such an important validation of our mission to truly impact the lives of the students we serve. GOAL teachers and staff are committed to creating the best learning environments possible and that requires having highly effective instructional tools and utilizing the most current research and solutions. We thank Microsoft for their support and partnership that has helped us to prepare our students with relevant work-based skills for the future.”

GOAL Academy High is led locally by Claire Lara.