Custom School Web Designs

Award-winning websites for schools.

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Custom Website Design and Development

With a creative director and a team of 15 full-time designers, including a design studio in London, our 80+ design awards, best-in-class creative packages, iterative design and onsite deployments make us your partner for creating an amazing site that showcases your story online.

In addition to a custom design experience guided by our award-winning team, a variety of other design options are available as well.

the community school website

The Community School was a 2018 Webby Award Honoree — one of the most prestigious and most difficult creative awards to win. Only a small percentage—less than 20%—of Webby entrants receive the acknowledgment of being named an Honoree in their category. The Community School's web design is as innovative and exciting as their adventure-filled curriculum. This is one site that is certainly worth exploring. 

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vanguard university website in laptop

For Vanguard University, an enviable location on the California coast lends itself to some pretty impressive imagery, but this site is so much more than just beautiful photography. It's a modern, immersive website experience that guides its varied visitors down clear paths to information and conversion. Vanguard's website recently took home Gold — the highest award — in the Fall 2017 Davey Awards.

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hotchkiss school website

The Hotchkiss School is a premier boarding school nestled in the humble town of Lakeville, CT. Their Best-in-Class website was awarded "Best School Website" in the 2018 IAC Awards. The site features numerous design enhancements, including embedded video, integrated social media, landing pages and more!

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awty international school website

Awty International School is Houston's premier international school with a rigorous IB curriculum. Awty International School's Best-in-Class website took home gold in the 2017 MarCom awards. The site features parallax scrolling, embedded video, a sticky navigation, use of Finalsite's Portals, a mega-navigation with call-to-action buttons — and dozens of other special treatments to "wow" their website visitors.

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Taft School

When you first arrive on campus at Taft School, the beautiful collection of collegiate-Gothic buildings takes your breath away. In addition to their picturesque campus, Taft wanted to put a spotlight on their passionate faculty, bright students, and close-knit community. Taft School's website was 10 years old and the team knew it was time for an overhaul as it didn't accurately portray a 'first glance' of everything that makes Taft special. Finalsite's deployment team created a beautiful interactive experience, equipped with two microsites for Athletics and Arts, social media feeds, and video marketing. The site recently received a 2017 Communicator of Distinction Award, one of the most prestigious web design awards in the industry.

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Leysin American School (LAS) was a 2019 Platinum Winner for the AVA Awards — an international website competition recognizing innovative design and production of digital communication. The website's homepage is full of photos, infographics, testimonials, and videos which together emphasize the core values of LAS. It's worth scrolling all the way down! 

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Rowan-Salisbury School System

Rowan-Salisbury School System is a district in North Carolina with more than 30 schools. The district was recently awarded gold in the Digital Media Engagement Category of the Annual NCSPRA Awards. The district's best-in-class design extends beyond the district website to each of the individual district pages, creating an engaging and seamless experience.

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Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenior-Rhyne is a growing university in North Carolina and needed a website to showcase expanding programs. To get a true feel of campus life, our team did a two-day on-site visit to kick-off the design process, which led to this innovative, award-winning, Best-in-Class Design.

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Punahou School

Finalsite's deployment team was able to deliver a groundbreaking website for the largest independent school in the country. Outstanding functionality and creative features showcase the vast breadth of opportunities, and the site puts a spotlight on the ability for students to find their own unique path through the curriculum in a variety of ways.

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Lake Washington School District, comprised of more than 50 schools, is located in Redmond, Washington. The city of Redmond is also home to Microsoft, and growing at a rapid pace. With the many job seekers and new hires visiting the area, the redesigned website had to showcase and provide information about the district and the communities in which the schools are located.

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Western Academy of Beijing

The Western Academy of Beijing was recognized by the 2017 AVA Digital Awards with a Gold Award for their Best-in-Class website. This prestigious worldwide award honors excellence in digital creativity, branding, and strategy.

WAB is a leading non-profit, independent IB World School in China. Founded in 1994, WAB prides itself on innovative and highly qualified teachers, world-class facilities, diverse community, warm and supportive environment and service-oriented culture. 1,400 students from over 50 countries are the focus of WAB's learner-centered atmosphere, and are encouraged to take their place as responsible citizens of the world.

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Custom Design Enhancements Include...

Custom Social Media Feed

Using Finalsite Feeds, you can create an interactive social media experience right on your website!

Infographics

Share stats and impressive details about your school in a custom, interactive format.

Campus Tours

Essential for international and boarding schools, campus tours provide an interactive experience of your campus, complete with photos, videos and additional information — bringing your campus to life online.

Background Videos

Add motion to create an engaging experience anywhere on your site, including your header, footer, CTA buttons, and more.

Custom Search Element

Make content on your site easy to find with an engaging search experience.

Interactive Elements

Encourage your website users to engage with your site by clicking and scrolling to reveal new information, increasing site time and provoking curiosity. Interactivity can be applied to virtually any content on your site.

Custom Timelines

Rich campus histories are often a differentiator, so use this as an opportunity to share why your school is unique from the ground up!

Subtle Animations

Photos the move, arrows that bounce, colors that change — if you dream it, our designers can do it.

The Sky is the Limit!

Listing all of our custom design enhancements puts us in a box — and that's the last place we want to be! Our designers think outside the box, and can come up with a custom design enhancement unique to your school's brand and mission.

Award-Winning Custom Designs

Vanguard University
Vanguard University

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Vanguard University, with a mission to pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith, and equip each student for a spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service, turned to Finalsite to revamp its website to reflect the richness and diversity of the student experience.  A fundamental goal of the design was to give users a path into each of the three divisions (undergraduate, graduate and professional studies), which provides a coherent aesthetic and navigational devices. A best-in-class design with a variety of interactive elements and special treatments propelled the University's online presence to something as unique as they are.

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The Taft School
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When someone first arrives on campus at Taft School, the beautiful collection of collegiate-Gothic buildings often will takes their breath away; Finalsite had a tall order to create a website that would do the same.  In addition to their picturesque campus, Taft wanted its website to spotlight their passionate faculty, bright students and close-knit community.  Finalsite helped Taft School transition from a 10-year-old website, working closely with the team to accurately portray a 'first glance' of everything that makes Taft special. Finalsite's deployment team created a beautiful interactive experience, equipped with two microsites for Athletics and Arts, social media feeds, and video marketing. The site received a 2017 Communicator of Distinction Award, one of the most prestigious web design awards in the industry.

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Global Indian International School
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The Global Indian International School (GIIS) is an international school group founded in 2002 in Singapore. GIIS now operates 23 schools in 7 countries throughout Asia and the Middle East. GIIS needed consistent messaging and branding across all the schools with clear navigation to guide users to the correct school. Finalsite created a new design that was able to highlight the key messaging of the group as well as enabling each school to communicate their information while maintaining consistent branding. Each scrolling homepage tells the story of each school and invokes an emotional response through the use of amazing photography and engaging content.

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Choate Rosemary Hall
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Choate Rosemary Hall, a top New England boarding school serving grades 9-12, has been a client of Finalsite's for over decade and has gone through several redesigns. In the latest iteration, Choate's goal was to launch a cutting-edge website that reflects their commitment to innovation and reinforces their desire to enroll students who are highly academic and motivated, independent and mature, yet collaborative by nature. Their site tells the story of a community where students are encouraged to take calculated risks, follow their passions, and become active community contributors with a global view and openness to understanding others. Live@Choate, a showcase for their social media, and other features, such as Choate by the Numbers, are one of many examples of how a school can leverage Finalsite software in a stunning design.

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Want to See More Award-Winning Sites?

Our design team has received more than 80 design awards in the past five years for our work. View an (almost) complete list of our design awards.

The Custom Design Process

Discover

Goals, dreams, expectations and requirements — let's discuss it all. Our discovery process is one of the most important parts of the deployment process as it is where we get to know you, your school and your brand, and begin to plan how to build a pixel-perfect digital representation of it. We treat this stage of deployment like a science. You'll provide our Project Manager with some key brand assets, and after an in-depth kick off call, we'll begin analyzing each component to build a site that is uniquely you.

Training

Training is ongoing throughout the entire deployment the process with hundreds of free resources available at your fingertips. Our online library of resources includes short videos on virtually every piece of Composer and its related modules, text articles detailing how-to's and best practices, live weekly webinars, and hundreds of blog articles, eBooks and other valuable resources that will help you hit the ground running.

Design

Now here's the fun part! During the design phase you'll begin to see your vision come to life and exceed every expectation. Your designer will take the information you have provided about your school's branding, vision, mission and culture and craft something unique to your school. During the design phase, you'll have the opportunity to make suggestions and revisions to your homepage and interior pages to ensure they are exactly how you want them.

Build

Once your design has been approved, your Front End Developer will begin coding and building your website to work seamlessly across every browser and device. Your site will also endure an 80+ point Q&A process, which includes testing for web accessibility, mobile-friendliness, cross-browser compatibility, and more.

Launch

Finalsite's software ensures you'll hit the ground running after launch. With a Finalsite Project Manager to guide you and online help at your fingertips, you'll be on your way to expert status in no time.

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