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Finalsite's Design Portfolio
Finalsite launches an average of 300 new websites per year, and we currently work with more than 5,000 schools around the globe.
Below is a sampling of some of our best design work for independent schools, districts, international schools and higher ed. Using the drop-down menus below, you can search by "type of school," such as a district — as well as a "website quality or feature" — such as award-winner.
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The American School of Milan, Italy is an American-International school offering both the American High School Diploma and IB Diploma programs and boasts of 780 students from over 50 countries. Having worked with Finalsite for nearly a decade, their big shift for their new site was to focus primarily on prospective families, while current family content was moved to the Finalsite’s password-protected Portals. It was a philosophical change for the school and required a delicate balance. Their new site features a scrolling homepage offering quick access to videos, news and calendar events, while showcasing their in-house photography, which truly captures the vibrancy of their school. Their current and relevant content encourages visitors to come back to the site.
American School of Paris is an international, coeducational, independent school of more than 700 students in 3-year-old programs through Grade 12. Founded in 1946 as the first international school established in Europe, ASP has a rich heritage and continues to be a leader in the world of teaching and learning. From the second visitors land on the school's scrolling homepage, they are engaged with great photography, parallax scrolling, infographics and news. The mega navigation does a great job leading visitors throughout the site and includes call-to-actions to further engage. The site also succeeds in emphasizing their rich heritage, vibrant community and robust academics.
This microsite for Baruch College Alumni provides all the information the 100,000+ alumni need to stay connected with the business school. The College has been working with Finalsite for many years, leveraging Composer and other modules to assist with its alumni program, update content easily, build pages and manage important functionality to keep communication levels high.
Bethel College, a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana that draws students from all around the world, switched from an open source solution, MODX, to Finalsite in August of 2018. Within a few months of making the change, there were a number of positive results."Finalsite played a role in increasing the number of people taking actions [scheduling a visit, applying to the college, and requesting information] we want them to take through the website," says Susan Miller, Director of Web Strategy at the school. Alumni engagement has also increased. Miller credits the website as it has, "provided more opportunities to connect with alumni and made it easier to register and attend events." You can read the full case study here.
Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School provides secondary education for 800 students grades 6-12. Founded in 2007, Boys' Latin of Philadelphia's mission is to provide college preparatory education for underserved boys.
The school's custom website features a video on the homepage, an infographic with fast facts about the school, a panel with news and announcements, and a scrolling testimonial panel with inspiring quotes from alumni.
The Chadwick School website puts true emphasis on story-telling, evident from the very first headline: "Your Journey Starts Here." Navigation is intentional and catered directly to the audience– viewers must choose on the homepage whether to explore village school, middle school, or upper school. From there, each section has a unique display of testimonials, images, and headlines to resonate with its respective demographic. Each interior page has a purposeful and well-thought-out layout, allowing viewers to go as in depth in their school research as they want.
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.
With a compelling homepage video, simplified tier one navigation, great design and an intuitive, responsive interface, the College of Coastal Georgia's website helps them stand apart from the crowd. The Finalsite Platform makes page and content editing easy, with extended functionality to handle a variety of unique scenarios.
Dare County Schools is ranked as one of the best districts in the state of North Carolina. Educating more than 5,000 students across 11 schools nestled on the shores of the Outer Banks, this well-accoladed district partnered with Finalsite to create a website that reflects their story of innovation, community, connectedness, and aspirations. Dare County School’s website project began with an “envisioning tour” — a process led by the district’s superintendent to understand the hopes, dreams, and desires of the entire community for their children, future — and even their website. After meeting with 1,500 people, Dare County Schools re-branded and then partnered with Finalsite to execute a website that reflected the quality and innovation the district is known for. When Dare County Schools was in its decision stage of selecting a website vendor, two important factors came into play quickly: expertise and customer service. “Finalsite’s websites look the best — but more importantly, during the process we were treated with quality customer service. It was personal, and made us feel like we were part of a family.”
Drawing in on its 400th anniversary, steeped in history, prestige and academic excellence, it is no wonder that Dulwich College remains a popular global choice. Offering learning from the very outset at 6 months in their ‘Ducks’ kindergarten, through to A-Levels in the senior college, Dulwich’s website is clearly navigable into the three different age categories of the school, each colour-branded. An extensive Alumni dropdown also gives the visitor a flavour of life after school for ‘Old Alleynians’. Winner of a Gold Hermes Creative Award, this refreshingly designed site’s subtle sticky header, multimedia visuals, and simple, elegant layouts beautifully exhibit life at the South London campus, and make for an exciting, vibrant user experience. Featuring quick-link driven pages and best practices throughout, it’s easy to find your way to the many facets of school life and beyond at this world-renowned institution.
Esol Education, a Finalsite partner for over a decade, specializes in the establishment and management of high-quality international schools around the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, with branch offices in Hong Kong, Cairo, and Nicosia, Esol Education currently serves over 10,000 students, operating a total of nine international schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Nicosia, and Aley. Visitors to the group website learn about their focus on attaining the highest standards of educational excellence and convey their ethos and atmosphere.Visitors can also visit each school’s site which showcases amazing photographs, infographics, and call-to-actions to engage even further.
First Things First is a campaign to raise $60 million in philanthropic support over a six-year period (fiscal years 2014-2019) for the Gilman School Community. The microsite features compelling visual and text content, as well as a modern, interactive design to encourage donors to make a gift.
Baylor School's microsite, forever foreward, is the school's capital campaign microsite. While the design is simple, the message is clear — the donation you make to Baylor makes a direct impact on its students and their futures.
“Outward-looking and forward-thinking”, Frensham focuses on the girls’ boarding experience and prides itself on “moving beyond traditional structures and breaking new ground for Australian schools”, and the website powerfully assists in conveying this ethos. The homepage pulls the visitor in, its slideshow filtered with the school’s brilliant purple colour, and featuring an exciting array of quick-linked news boxes. The site’s header features a full-screen and beautifully divided drop-down navigation, while an aerial-photographed campus map serves as the site’s sticky footer, giving a good feel for the school’s rural surroundings. The ‘Girls Say, Parents Say, Teachers Say’ testimonials provide refreshing insight into school life, further assisted by social media links to online Frensham community spaces.
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!
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.
The International School of London is a pioneering international school group that has paved the way for integrating mother tongue languages into a standard international curriculum, starting in the Early Childhood years. Founded in 1972, it was one of the first International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Schools. Since then the group has grown to include schools in London, Qatar, and Surrey. Their website redesign provides consistent messaging and branding across the organizations while each school can showcase what makes them unique on their own school sites. These scrolling homepages are rich with imagery, infographics, and news and events to capture visitors’ attention.
Carrying “Knowledge, Friendship, Integrity” as its motto, Kinross Wolaroi boasts heritage buildings and modern facilities catering for over 1000 students in Orange, New South Wales. The homepage, featuring vibrant and candid photography, neat grid layout, quick-links and clean socially linked header gives the visitor an immediate taste of what life is like at the school, and the drop down navigation allows clear access to the site interior. The sticky footer design offers a clear sense of location with its Google map layering and custom regional locator, while side banners make for further ease of navigation.
Alongside “quality teaching, small classes, and an inspired curriculum," Mentone Girls’ Grammar boasts a spectacular Victorian beachfront location and a 6000-strong community of current pupils and ‘Old Girls’. The school’s vivid red colours shine on the homepage, which dazzles with its fixed photo backdrop and highly visual grid layout featuring quick-linked event and news boxes. Social media plays a key role in the Mentone community, with featured posts on the homepage and links in the footer, which also offers user-friendliness for the prospective parent through its ‘Enquire’, ‘Apply’, ‘Contact’ buttons. A combination of professional and in-house photography gives the visitor a good sense of Mentone life, while Alumni and Parent portals add personalised focus to the existing school community.
Misericordia University, in Dallas, PA, has been a Finalsite client for nealy five years and a frequent user of the Finalsite platform to update their website easily, advance their communications goals, and grow the site as their needs change. A responsive website means that mobile users have an equally compelling experience on their phone as they do on their desktop, which is fundamental to Finalsite's "Mobile First" approach to web development.
Pine Lake Preparatory School (PLP) is a K-12 charter school in Mooresville, North Carolina. Established in 2006, the tuition-free school aims to "prepare students for college and a purposeful life." PLP chose Finalsite to convey this mission to its community in a responsive, easy-to-navigate website. Some neat features include:
A rolling scroll of alumni college emblems on the homepage to emphasize PLP's success in preparing students for college.
Social media integration to highlight student's projects and successes.
A searchable faculty and staff directory that provides families with an intimate look into the many academic successes surrounding PLP's community.
Two words describe Royal Hospital's award-winning website: beauty and functionality. The three-centuries-old school (founded 1712) has a longstanding naval history, beginning as an institution specifically for boys from seafaring backgrounds. The new site pays homage to its heritage with distinct nautical design elements, a re-energized blue color palette, and a fitting position statement: "Navigating Success." The imaginative design is supported by functional headlines, well-organized pages, and strategic calls-to-action throughout. Viewers will have no trouble "navigating" through this site.
The Shasta County Office of Education serves more than 100 districts in California — meaning that building a functional, easy-to-navigate and information website was the key to a successful redesign. With beautiful photography, a spotlight on recent news and upcoming events, and bold call-to-action buttons to make important content easy-to-fund, Shasta COE's website clearly met its redesign goals. Shasta COE's website also features the AudioEye toolbar, ensuring all the content on this brilliant design is fully accessible to all end-users.
Singapore American School located on the small island of Singapore holds a legacy as one of the world’s leading American international schools with over 4,000 students. Partnering with Finalsite over 7 years ago, they have been raising the bar for international school websites ever since. Their latest site embodies their spirit and showcases 60 years of rich history. They wanted their website to showcase their state-of-the-art facilities, strong academic rigor, accomplished faculty, and most importantly, their engaged community. The new site lets them share their story while differentiating on what makes them unique by incorporating stories from their community. Their site utilizes best practice on every page and comes alive with color and animation directing users to the appropriate next step.
Solano County Office of Education is an Educational Service Agency (ESA) in Fairfield, CA. This ESA had two projects as a piece of their deployment, both the SCOE main website, as well as a second microsite for the Solano County SELPA. While SCOE provides students with disabilities in Solano County with career readiness training to support the development of employment skills, the Solano County SELPA coordinates with school districts and SCOE to provide a continuum of programs and services for individuals with special needs from birth through 22 years of age. So, while these two organizations are independent of one another, they are also dependent on one another, which is why it made sense to work on both projects at the same time. Because of these organizations' natures, both projects included the addition of AudioEye, our accessibility software solution that provides website visitors with a toolbar to personalize their experience based on their disability. Both organizations many of Finalsite's marketing and communication modules to keep the many districts and individuals they serve in the loop about upcoming events, news, and more.
Spring Lake Park Schools in Spring Lake, MN educates more than 6,000 students across 7 schools. Spring Lake Park Schools' brand is all about its community and their site does a great job communicating this. They opted to have a site which visually focuses on individuals, using its people to draw in the viewer. With vivid photography, community testimonials, embedded social media and more, this district's new site reaches its goal of marketing to its prospective community, while still informing its current community.
Summer at Lawrence is an award-winning microsite for Lawrence School's summer programs. The site was awarded "Best School Website" in the 2017 IAC (Internet Advertising Competition). Visit the site to experience a subtle, color-changing background and an array of gorgeous visuals to help fill up summer programs, fast.
Summer at Santa Catalina is Catalina School's microsite for their summer programs. Following the elegant and playful design of their all-girls upper school, the site is intuitive, enchanting, and informative.
Taft School's award-winning website came equipped with two microsites — one for Arts, and one for Athletics, two of the school's most noteworthy programs. Their Arts microsite takes a creative approach to displaying visual and text content about their Arts program — including concert dates, the student gallery, and more.
Taft School's award-winning website came equipped with two microsites — one for Arts, and one for Athletics, two of the school's most noteworthy programs. Their Athletics microsite takes an innovative approach to their design, making the as interactive and engaging as it is informative.
The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) is a family of international schools that welcomes young people from all nationalities to an educational community that fosters a passion for excellence along with mutual respect and understanding. TASIS schools are located in Switzerland, England and Puerto Rico and also include an extensive Summer program.Their websites showcases through imagery, engaging authentic content, call-to-actions and emotional appeal all that makes TASIS so unique.Their websites utilize best practice while also incorporating very creative and cutting-edge ideas.
The Campaign for Punahou School is an award-winning Best-in-Class microsite for Punahou School's Capital Campaign. As the country's biggest independent school with a vast alumni community, their new microsite aims to drive engagement and donations, as well as celebrate school-wide and alumni accomplishments. The site took home Gold in the 11th Annual W3 Awards.
The Hotchkiss School, a top New England boarding school in Lakeville, CT, founded in 1891, launched a terrific new website with Finalsite in 2017, having worked with Finalsite for many years already. The new site leverages Finalsite's flexible modules to share news, calendars, photos, athletics information and much more within a best-in-class design that helps the school tell their story every day. Integration allows the school to simplify logins for students, parents and faculty while leveraging their internal databases to avoid redundant information. Drone video draws users into the homepage, while pages like "Alumni Accomplishments" showcase just how special the school's alumni are.
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.
Tonbridge School is a leading boys' boarding school in the UK, founded in 1553. The homepage video provides both a bird's eye view of the school's stunning 150-acre-campus and more intimate shots of classrooms, extracurricular activities, and day-to-day interactions. As viewers scroll down through the homepage, social media integration, testimonials from "Tonbridge People" (students, faculty, and staff), and an infographic featuring fast facts about the school culminate into three main calls-to-action that lead prospects down the admissions funnel. For current students and alumni, there are quick links available to various microsites–sports, theatre, events and societies.
Tulsa Public Schools is a large school district serving thousands of constituents across more than 80 schools! Tulsa Public Schools recently was awarded gold in the 2018 MarComm Awards. The district’s Best-in-Class, custom design is one of the most innovative and stunning district designs we’ve worked on (or seen, for that matter)!
The district’s homepage design features brilliant full-screen photography, a bright color border that changes as you scroll, recent news, featured videos, testimonials, district values, and an infographic highlighting the district’s achievements. This district’s homepage is meant to highlight the accomplishments of the district, in order to attract and recruit families moving to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. But, all of this marketing doesn’t detract from keeping the district’s current community informed — which is equally as important. Tulsa’s website features simplified navigation, offering quick access to each of the 80+ schools in the districts, careers, parent information, enrollment, news, and calendars. The website also features an advanced search menu, making it easy for website visitors to partake in the user experience they’re most used to: searching! Toggle “Find it Fast” in the top left to unveil a search bar, and quick links to top hit pages based on audience.
And for those of you thinking an accessible website has to be boring — think again. Tulsa’s website design and structure meets WCAG 2.0 standards, and went through a thorough QA check prior to launch. In addition, the district uses AudioEye’s Ally Toolbar and managed service. The toolbar allows website visitors to customize their website experience based on their own need — such as changing color contrast or enabling a screen reader — while the managed service keeps Tulsa’s website content accessible at all times, automatically. Definitely peace of mind with 80+ individual schools and webmasters!
The Ulster BOCES turned to Finalsite to develop a website that could effectively communicate the benefits of participating in their services (both student-based programs and services that support school operation or staff development) as well as the value (financial) that the schools in the program receive for their investment. They wanted visitors to be welcomed with a site that would inspire confidence that their programs and services are important to a district's success, are on the leading edge of what is available, and are effectively delivered. Ulster BOCES also wanted to make sure that it partnered with a reputable, forward-thinking company they could recommend to their own districts, which made Finalsite a perfect fit.
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.
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES is an educational service agency that serves the Finger Lakes area of New York State. In addition to showcasing the benefits of working with WFL BOCES, finding an easy-to-use CMS was a top priority for the district. The organization is very diverse, with more than 70 individuals contributing content to the website — meaning they needed something that was both easy-to-use, but would also maintain a certain look and feel, no matter who edited it. When you visit the site, it is easy to see that this goal was successfully achieved! The homepage, which featured embedded video, interactive elements and an infographic is both enticing and informative. This same compelling user experience is consistent on all interior pages.
WFL BOCE's project also included an on-site two-day training experience.
Wyandotte Public Schools is a district serving students in Wyandotte, Michigan since 1856. It's made up of four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, as well as three centers for students with special needs. The district's new website features a striking, cohesive design with:
A streamlined user experience across its individual school and center pages
Social media integration on the homepage using Finalsite Feeds
YES Prep Public Schools is made up of nineteen campuses across Houston, TX 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-friendly design. YES Prep's new custom design fulfilled these goals:
Primary and secondary menu navigation is easy for users to follow.
Infographics and design elements on the homepage break up the text and provide a visually-pleasing experience.
Recent News, Announcements, and Blog posts are featured in a slider on the homepage to encourage families to learn more about the school's values.
Consistent branding throughout the website helps to maintain the school's professionalism and sheds light on its dedication to excellence.
With more than 1,450 students at four unique campuses, Zurich International School offers an extensive educational program with all the benefits of size but the intimacy of smaller settings. Their website redesign uses best practices throughout and the attention to detail is to be commended. The homepage tells a very complete story of the school in video, in images and through authentic content from their community. Visitors are encouraged to “Follow Their Path” and learn more about the extensive academics and extracurricular activities the school offers. The homepage pulls in social media from many platforms further encouraging visitors to engage with the school’s site. Furthermore, ZIS has created a very welcoming section for prospective employees. Visitors can spend a lot of time on this site and never get bored.