Independent US School Web Design Portfolio

Our design team deeply understands how to position your school in your competitive market to stand out. From an in-depth discovery process to innovative design concepts, the web designs we've created for independent schools for the last 20 years have their own unique flare, surprises, and hundreds of "ooh" and "ahh" moments.

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!

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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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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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Our Clients <3 Us

Duschesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Houston

"I really didn’t know what I was working on behind the scenes. Thanks to Finalsite University, I went into the redesign process so much more fully informed.”

Jessica McDunn, Communications Director
Duschesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Houston

Germantown Friends School

"I was super impressed with Finalsite Composer from the beginning. It's really intuitive, and it goes a step further by having already built-out capabilities that hadn't even occurred to me. I kept thinking 'wouldn't it be nice if Composer could do this,' and then I would find out it can! You can just tell the software was really thoughtfully developed, built based on years of experience and requests, layers and layers of requests, and tailored to a website editor's needs and experience."

Alyce Callison, Website and Digital Communications Manager
Germantown Friends School

Taft School

"Everyone at Finalsite was excellent to work with and exceeded my expectations. The team was as invested in making a gorgeous site as we were, and I felt comfortable knowing that Finalsite knows schools inside and out. They have a depth and breadth of expertise to provide ongoing support."

Kaitlin Orfitelli, Director of Marketing & Communications
Taft School

Benedictine College Prep

"We went with Finalsite because we wanted a good design. A website is all about the look and feel, and we feel that Finalsite is the marketing company in the school website business. Other competitors think about data first, then design. We love how Finalsite is all about marketing your school's brand product — and there's no doubt that our website does just that."

Simon Sjogren, Director of Technology
Benedictine College Prep

The Meadowbrook School

"Working with Finalsite to build our new website was an outstanding experience. Our project manager, Michelle, was incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the process, and we felt completely prepared when it was time to launch."

Madison Powers, Communications Manager
The Meadowbrook School

Independent School Web Design Portfolio

chadwick school homepage screenshot in iphone
chadwick school homepage screenshot

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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. 

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Choate Rosemary Hall
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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.

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The Hotchkiss School
The Hotchkiss School

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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.

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The Taft School
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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.

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