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.
We take great pride in our work and working with such great schools. With accolades from the AVA Digital, MarCom, Davey, Webby and Hermes Creative and various other awards, our sites have received international recognition for excellence. Here is just a partial list.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American School of Bombay
American School for the Deaf
Avon Old Farms School
Capitol Hill Day School
Charlotte Country Day School
Choate Rosemary Hall
Community Consolidated School District
Colonial Independent School District
Episcopal Collegiate School
Global indian International School
Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Laguna Beach Unified School District
Lower Merion School District
North Bennett Street School
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart
Providence Day School
Punahou School - Capital Campaign Site
Red Oaks Schools
Sacred Heart School
Sidwell Friends School
St. Anne’s-Belfield School
St. George’s School
St. Joseph’s Preparatory School
St. Paul’s Schools
St. Timothy’s School
Summer at Lawrence
The Episcopal Academy
The Kinkaid School
The Pingry School
The Taft School
The Woods Academy
The Wyndcroft School
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Western Academy of Beijing
Western Reserve Academy
Schools in bold won the highest award in their category.
Our entire design team brings advanced degrees and training in website and digital design.
And the list continues to grow!
Many of our designers have advanced degrees in digital media and graphic design.
Top awards from five different award competitions.
An international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication.
Almost everyone on our team has over 5 years of design experience that they'll bring to bear in your project.
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.
- Higher Ed
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.
Lakeside School, a premier day school in Seattle, WA serving grades 5-12, turned to Finalsite for not only a design that suited their academically rigorous, progressive and forward thinking mission as a top school in the region, but also improved ways to connect their internal systems together with Finalsite's experienced integration team. The interactive homepage leads with a provocative statement and walks users through the countless ways a student can experience the diverse curriculum and program at the school. As a school and community based near the homes of Microsoft and Amazon, the website needed to meet the highest of expections, and Finalsite was prepared to take on that challenge.
- School Groups
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.
- Higher Ed
A client for over seven years, St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NYC, turned to Finalsite recently for a best-in-class redesign, while still being able to use the latest tools and technology to update content, leverage critical functionality, and build their web presence. Infographics, featured testimonials, great photography and an intuitive navigation all come together into a great homepage and interiors that drive engagement. Finalsite's 24/7 support is always there when the college needs it and ongoing webinars, blogs, white papers and a deep knowledgebase ensures that staff can stay current with trends and best practices.
The American School of Bombay is a college preparatory day school with over 700 students and is in Mumbai, India. A Finalsite client for over a decade, they have always pushed the envelope with bold vision, the latest in technology and cutting-edge designs. They pride themselves in their community and wanted their website to share this through the eyes of their teachers, parents, and students. As their main marketing vehicle, they engage visitors from the moment they land on the site through stunning photography and engaging content. Their Motto of DREAM, LEARN, SERVE permeates throughout the site and captivates visitors and encourages them to learn more. This award-winning site encourages visitors to learn more and take the next step.
Chadwick International is a PK-12, independent, day school located in Incheon, South Korea and is the sister school of Chadwick in California. This school has always been ahead of the curve in web design and this award-winning site proves it. This site delivers the message that they are an important player in global education. With scroll and hover effects engaging every click and scroll, screen-width photos that share the school's culture, and dozens of interactive elements to delight prospective and current families, Chadwick's new website sets a standard for international school web design.
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.
Sidwell Friends School, a well-established Quaker day school in the heart of Washington, DC has been a Finalsite client for nearly a decade. This most recent design aimed to embrace the Quaker values while providing depth and meaningful stories and information to its broad audience. The site affirms the centrality of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of academic and campus life, honoring a multiplicity of voices, making the student voice a priority. Site visitors will see the "voices" throughout the entire site. Another website priority was to highlight what distinguishes the school -- particularly its programs, clubs and the strength of it’s faculty -- which users can find featured throughout the website.
The Woods Academy is an inclusive Catholic community preparing boys and girls to lead lives of significance. Located in Bethesda, MD, The Woods Academy came into the redesign process with thee main goals: 1. secure the "permanency" of the school; 2. maintain steady enrollment; and 3. launch the Entrepreneurial Leadership Innovation Lab, a center for learning and applying an entrepreneurial mindset, modern technological skills, leadership development and business acumen for students who engage in real-world collaborative projects through innovative curriculum. With their new site, The Woods Academy stands out in a competitive market with a horizontal scrolling website that has received two design awards in the past year. As you scroll, the homepage moves like a storybook, providing both a unique and user-friendly user experience.
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is a PK-8 independent school that wanted to reinforce their commitment to educating the whole child: mind, heart, and spirit. Their education reaches far beyond the classroom through local outreach activities, parish communities, and by serving those in need throughout the world. There was one issue - their website did not showcase all the school had to offer. Finalsite's Deployment team was able to create a unique design, with fun animations, that shows through parent and student testimonials, the school's love for learning and why St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is the right choice for your child. The innovation and functionality of this design were recognized in the 2017 Davey Awards, when the school took home Silver for their website.
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