Guided by the confidence in their motto, “We Finish Our Labors to Begin Them Anew,” Peddie School, a top boarding and day school in New Jersey, is committed to the intellectual, social, and moral growth of each of our students. Peddie turned to Finalsite to create a truly unique website to capture its mission and vision in partnership with their communications team and ongoing branding efforts. Finalsite's content management solution and suite of software modules make it easy for the multimate editors to update content, create new layouts, and develop media-rich pages without any technical expertise -- and with the peace of mind that Finalsite's top-notch support team is available to help.
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.
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.
The Western Academy of Beijing is a leading non-profit, independent IB World School in China. This school is home to over 1,400 students from over 50 countries. This award-winning website uses best practices throughout, and from the moment a visitor lands on the homepage, they are taken on an amazing journey. The focus was narrowed to be outward facing for admissions, marketing, advancement with the main navigation including action words like "Learn, Discover and Apply." The site showcases engaging content that utilizes bold, vibrant images to tell their unique story not only on the homepage but on interiors pages as well. The iconic colored squares used throughout the site in both static and parallax effect are inspired by the "11 Reasons to Come to WAB" and reflect the school colors, logo and web experience and are integrated throughout the site, providing unique connectivity.
Established in 1926 in the town of North Andover, Brooks School provides a co-educational, college preparatory program for 380 students on a 270-acre campus overlooking Lake Cochichewick. The school has a well-established reputation in a stunning setting, and wanted an innovative way to showcase all they have to offer. , The goal for the new Brooks site was to inspire prospective students to inquire and plan a visit, because once families visit the campus and sit for an interview, they are almost certain to apply. This means it was essential for website visitors to get a sense of the Brooks campus, community and culture within that first 7-second first impression. To accomplish this, Brooks selected a Best-in-Class design — our top design package. The site feature a sticky mega-navigation, embedded video and a scrolling, storytelling experience that provides a solid balance of marketing pieces that highlight signature programs and accomplishments, and current news stories to engage current families as well. The site also recently received the "Best School Website" award in the 2017 Web Awards, judged by the AVA.
Ravenscroft is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent day school in Raleigh, NC — an increasingly competitive market. As a Finasite client since 2008, the school approached us with the desire to go above and beyond, and be more innovative than any other school in their market by providing a unique, yet intuitive, content and navigation experience. In their recent redesign, Ravenscroft’s goal was to inspire audiences to learn more about Ravenscroft, and to facilitate ease of inquiry/visit, application, and “giving” to Ravenscroft. They wanted their site to look and feel unique to Ravenscroft - to be as distinctive as they know they are, and to make sure that their site is unlike (and not replicated by) other schools’ websites. Mission accomplished! The site also received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Web Awards.
The Westminster Schools, based in Altanta and one of the largest independent day schools in the country, serves a community of over 400 faculty and staff, 1800 students and 12,000 alumni. Needless to say, Finalsite was challenged to deliver a website solution that could capture the incredible depth and breadth of its academic program, its broad outreach and student life opportunities, fundraising initiatives, an amazing campus covering hundreds of acres, and a vibrant school community. A new best-in-class website, with a modern aesthetic, compelling storytelling, engaging visual elements, with simple navigation -- all helped to meet that challenge, but it was also our trusted partnership with the School, who looked to Finalsite to help them with the software they needed to keep the site fresh and as exciting as every day is. This is a site to spend some time on, with lots of special treatments and new approaches to content.
Ellington Public Schools is a small school district in Ellington, CT, whose core values include big heart/small town, innovation, mindfulness, global connectedness, and growing learners/growing leaders. They wanted a site that helps highlight the great teaching/learning that is happening. We are competing with magnet schools that seem to have more of a draw; we need to highlight student life in Ellington. With that, they wanted social mashups as the key to making the site more vibrant and providing changing content. Using a custom design for the Finalsite Feeds module, they highlight students and faculty daily rather than simply providing information, which drives more traffic to the site.
Ellington's website also received a website received the top website award acknowledgment — Communicator of Distinction — and an honorable mention for their social media presence in the 2016 CABE Awards.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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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