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.

Millfield School iphone and desktop homepage screenshot

Millfield is a co-educational independent school for pupils aged 2–18 years based in Street, Somerset, England. Founded in 1935, the Milfield and Milfield Prep's vision is both bold and direct: "to be the world leader for the development of children."

The remarkable campuses are displayed in stunning homepage photography, an innovative campus map and modern design elements in this best-in-class school website. 

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Charterhouse iphone and desktop homepage screenshot

Nothing short of iconic, Charterhouse is one of the great historic public schools of England steeped with fascinating history and outstanding academic excellence. Home to 820 pupils from around the globe, the school has created a website that covers all its communication and branding needs.

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Harrow School

One of Britain’s most prestigious schools encapsulating tradition, global recognition and a pioneering education, Harrow School’s ethos is “to measure success not by grades but by one’s influence on the world.”

The task of designing a website to reflect the vast qualities and unique intricacies of this school is not one to be underestimated. Harrow's best-in-class excels at creating visually attractive and interactive quick links to help steer their visitors seamlessly.

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Kings School Macclesfield iphone and desktop homepage screenshot

King's School is an independent day school in Cheshire for students aged 3-18. Founded in 1502, King's has an incredible history to share — which shines on their colorful, mobile-friendly website.

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Culford School Mockup iphone and desktop homepage screenshot

Culford School is an independent day and boarding school in Suffolk, England for boys and girls ages 1-18. The school's beautiful website tells an engaging story to prospective families in each of its four age groups, while also keeping its current community informed through parent hubs and an integrated email platform.

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Whitgift School

Whitgift is an independent day and boarding school in South Croydon for students ages 10-18. Founded in 1596, the all-boys school is known for its IB programme and academic success, broad co-curricular programme, and unique campus atmosphere — which includes peacocks and other exotic animals on the campus grounds. 

Check out how Whitgift conveys its value promise with a best-in-class website design!

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Hun Academy Portal Mockup

The Hun School of Princeton is a private, coeducational, secondary boarding school in New Jersey. In 2019, the school partnered with Finalsite to design a website that illustrates the authenticity of a Hun education and engages both prospective and current families. 

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Dare County Mockup Mobile and desktop

Dare Country Schools, ranked in the top 5 public school districts for academics in North Carolina, has a beautiful location right on the beach. With numerous academic accolades, new buildings and stunning beachfront views, Dare County Schools' new website highlights these unique attributes and keeps its growing community informed. 

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Tulsa School Mockup Mobile and Desktop

Tulsa Public Schools is a large school district serving thousands of constituents across more than 80 schools in Oklahoma. Awarded gold in the 2018 MarComm Awards, the district’s Best-in-Class, custom design is an innovative and stunning approach to district website communications. 

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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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jakarta intercultural school homepage displayed in a laptop and mobile device

Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) one of the largest international schools in the world, launched a beautiful best-in-class design that highlights its three campuses in Indonesia. This one-of-a-kind homepage design ditches the "safe" hero image or video, and instead, features an interactive collage of images and text to engage website visitors at first glance.

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Highline Public Schools

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. 

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The Hun School of Princeton

The Hun School of Princeton is a private, coeducational, secondary boarding school in New Jersey. In 2019, the school partnered with Finalsite to design a website that illustrates the authenticity of a Hun education and engages both prospective and current families. 

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brentwood school homepage displayed in a laptop and iphone

Brentwood School offers K-12 education for students in and around Los Angeles. Known for student excellence in academics, arts and athletics, the two-campus day school launched a best-in-class website that fulfills the needs of both its current students and prospective students.  

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post oak school homepage displayed in laptop and mobile device

The Post Oak School in Texas offers Montessori education for students from pre-K through grade 12. With a new tagline, "Challenge the norm," this school's homepage highlights its differentiators and encourages prospective families to learn more. 

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Derby Academy

As the oldest co-educational independent day school in New England, Derby Academy has an incredible story — and its new, custom website helps the Derby team share that story with the world. 

Working with Finalsite's designers and Blackbaud's data integration, Derby created a beautiful, easy-to-use communications tool that allows them to  increase retention and grow enrollment—all while keeping student data intact. 

Greater Atlanta Christian School

Greater Atlanta Christian School (GACS) is an independent day school in Georgia, educating 1,669 students from across the metro Atlanta area. With the fitting tagline, "Be greater," this school takes cohesive branding and strategic marketing to the next level. 

GACS's new, custom website features a beautiful opening video on the homepage as well as animated shapes and typography that reinforces the school's brand while users scroll. We especially love the layout of the admissions page — check it out for yourself!

international school of beijing displayed in laptop and mobile device

International School of Beijing's best-in-class website makes user 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. 


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felsted school homepage screenshot displayed in laptop and iphone

The bold and immersive Felsted website represents Finalsite's third collaboration with the school to bring its online presence to life. Every iteration has pushed creative boundaries and this one is no different. The website received a Platinum award for excellence in design at the 2018 international dotCOMM Awards. Key to the website’s success has been its confident focus on modern school life.

Merchiston Castle School homepage displayed in laptop and iphone

Merchiston Castle School is an all-boys boarding and day school in Edinburgh with 440 students. The school's mobile-first, modern website design sets a high standard for school websites — not only did it win two prestigious design awards, the website has seen a 54% increase in unique website views and 19% decrease in bounce rate.

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King's Academy

Situated in the Jordanian countryside, King's Academy is home to over 600 students representing some 40 countries with over 70% boarding at the school's state-of-the-art facilities. King's Academy's best-in-class design showcases its unique inception and the powerful vision it has for its students, faculty and alumni. 

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

Boys' Latin of Philadelphia is the all-boys public school in Pennsylvania, providing college preparatory education to 800 students in grades 6-12. The charter school's website tells a compelling story to prospective families through vivid photography, infographics, video testimonials, and a strong value proposition.

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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.
 

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. 

yes prep charter school displayed in laptop and iphone

YES Prep Public Schools, a Houston charter school that provides education for over 14,000 students across nineteen campuses, chose Finalsite for its easy-to-use CMS and consulting services. The partnership helped YES Prep not only create a website that meets the needs of its large community — the charter school also increased new site views by 298 percent.

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lslu health homepage displayed in laptop and mobile device

LSU Health Shreveport is a growing university in Louisiana comprised of three professional schools. To kick off the design process, Finalsite visited the university on-site for two days and got a true feel for campus life.

LSU Health's best-in-class website is an authentic online representation of its campus and serves as an effective communications tool for its marketing team.

Pine Lake Preparatory

Pine Lake Preparatory is a North Carolina charter school educating students in grades K-12. The charter school's new, custom website acts as both a communications platform for current families and a marketing tool for prospective families. 

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legacy early college homepage displayed in laptop and mobile

Legacy Early College is a public charter school in Greenville, South Carolina with students in K5-12. Founded in 2010, the school places a strong emphasis on fostering students' nutritional and physical health so that they can thrive academically. 

Legacy's mobile-first, dual-language, best-in-class website conveys this compelling value proposition with prospective families, donors, and teachers.

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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!

Town of Suffield

With sidewalks covering almost every square inch this quintessential New England town, a great public schools system, a top-rated private school, sprawling farms and stunning views — its no wonder why Suffield, CT is noted by Niche one of the top suburbs in the state of Connecticut to buy a house.

As a premier suburb, the Town of Suffield knows how important communications are to its residents. Their mobile-first website makes important information available — such as the town's phone directory, calendar information, COVID-19 updates, anniversary celebration details, and so much more!

For families with students in the public school system, the user experience is familiar and seamless as well.

Vangaurd University Mockup

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.

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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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!

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 homepage screenshots displayed in an iphone and laptop

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_Mockup

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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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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lwsd homepage in laptop and iphone

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.

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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