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.

yes prep charter school displayed in laptop and iphone

YES Prep Public Schools is made up of nineteen campuses across Houston, serving over 14,000 students from 6th grade through 12th grade. Seeking a more intuitive and user-friendly website experience for current and prospective families, YES Prep chose Finalsite for its easy-to-use CMS and ability to provide an ADA-compliant, mobile-first design. 

YES Prep's new custom design includes primary and secondary menu navigation that is easy for users to follow. On the homepage, you can find a slider including Recent News, Announcements, and Blog Posts that encourage families to learn more about the school's values, as well as infographics and design elements that break up the text and provide a visually-pleasing experience. We love the consistent branding throughout the entire website—it helps maintain the school's professionalism and sheds light on its dedication to excellence!

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georgia cyber academy homepage displayed in laptop and mobile device

Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) is an online charter school serving 11,000 students across the state of Georgia. The tuition-free school has the "benefits of a traditional brick and mortar school without the building," offering live classes and online lessons at elementary, middle and high school levels. 

For an online school especially, a solid and efficient Learning Management System is an essential. GCA uses Finalsite Learn to assist in a seamless online experience for its current students. The new custom design also has a searchable faculty directory, a filterable news and announcements section, quicklinks, and more!

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lenoir rhyne university homepage displayed in laptop and mobile device

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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boys' latin of philadelphia school homepage displayed in laptop and mobile phone

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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the american school in london website displayed in laptop and iphone

The American School in London is a private, K-12 school founded in 1951, with a custom website design that maintains the school's cohesive brand and provides the school with a clean, detailed and organized communications platform to engage prospective families, current families and alumni alike. 

Simple and strategic navigation makes it easy for families to find what they are looking for on this site—whether it is fun facts about the school's impressive history or information about specific summer programs. Plus, we love the way those bright colors give the photography an extra pop!


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international school of beijing displayed in laptop and mobile device

International School of Beijing's best-in-class website makes engagement effortless. Stunning photography, intuitive scrolling and animations are key features that tell a story of a vibrant and diverse school community located just outside of downtown Beijing. 

With an interactive campus map, a comprehensive school calendar (made up of 11 sub-calendars!) and colorful photos of happy students, the website's interior pages are just as engaging as the stunning homepage—proof that school-to-home communications doesn't have to be boring! 


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jakarta intercultural school homepage displayed in a laptop and mobile device

If you thought all school homepages look the same, think again! Jakarta Intercultural School's website is living proof that functional design doesn't limit creativity. Instead of a large hero image, this homepage design features a collage of images and text. Each image in the collage is a separate call-to-action, directing traffic to the interior pages—and a customized cursor makes those links even more tempting to click.

With a strong attention to detail, this best-in-class website design pays tribute to the surrounding Indonesian culture and makes one of the largest international schools in the world feel like its right next door!


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laguna beach usd website in laptop with iphone

If you ever thought "accessible" meant "boring" — Laguna Beach Unified School District's website is living proof that you don't have to sacrifice a sleek, compelling design to be accessible to all.

Laguna Beach Unified School District is widely recognized as an outstanding district throughout Orange County and the state. This reputation for quality is a result of many factors — and their website is a representation of of their leadership, quality education, and innovation.
 
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highline public schools website in laptop and iphone

Highline Public Schools serves 19,000 students and 2,000 staff across 32 schools in Washington State. With a focus on web accessibility, equity, and school-to-home communications, Highline Public Schools partnered with Finalsite to offer a stunning and fully accessible web experience to its vast community. The team at Highline Public Schools worked with their Finalsite deployment team to launch a new custom website and 32 individual school sites in less than three months — an extremely aggressive timeline for a large district with a custom design. Challenge accepted! According to the entire website team at the district, “the experience with the Finalsite team was very seamless, professional, and positive.”

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beaverton school district in laptop

When you need to quickly get information to the families of more than 40,000 students spanning 53 schools, you need a reliable and fast software platform. Beaverton Public Schools in Oregon provides a mobile-first communications experience for its diverse community — complete with a compelling mobile design, simple navigation, calendars, directories, translation tools, and more. 

 
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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

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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.

Free 15-Minute Website Consultation

Want feedback on your schools current website? Schedule a free 15-minute website consultation to learn the improvements you can make to your current website to enhance your charter school brand.

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