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 works with districts of all sizes, from small, rural district with small budgets, to districts with 100+ schools and lofty budgets. Our design packages and processes scale to fit your district's unique needs.
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.
“We are building a school system that reflects the hopes and dreams of our students, parents and community. To do this, we must connect with our stakeholders and include their voice in every decision that we make. Utilizing digital tools like an effective website is paramount in this process. Finalsite understands this and from the beginning of our development process, they were there with us every step of the way. Since our site has launched, we have almost tripled our web traffic and our stakeholders are more engaged than ever.”
John Farrelly, Superintendent
Dare County Schools
“I know whenever I see a Finalsite website, I know its quality. And I know there’s not going to be anyone who can match what you do. There's no one else, I don't even need to talk to them. Your competitors don’t have anything on y’all. You have the most innovative, best modules and software for everything we need. There’s no comparison.”
Valerie Hull, Communications Manager
Barbers Hill ISD
"A highly weighted component in our decision analysis to move to Finalsite was the understanding that you are a digital communication organization and thought leader, not simply a website provider. We are really looking forward to the opportunity to enhance our game."
Jennifer Flierl, Executive Director of Communications
Mequon-Thiensville School District
"We wanted a platform that could easily be used by end users, but wouldn't turn into a disastrous mess — and was very stylized. Finalsite was the only provider that met those two requirements, and since then, has exceeded those expectations."
Doug Orr, Director of Technology
Summit Public Schools
"Finalsite is the industry standard, so we won’t have to worry about them disappearing in the near future and we can be assured that they will stick to industry standards. Their website is both visually appealing and functional, and their administrative panels are very well built and thus easy to navigate for users. Their service includes full support to every USER (both Phone and Email Support provided) unlimited throughout the year, unlimited bandwidth and storage for our website assets, and core updates for compatibility issues and future web improvements. In terms of ADA Compliance, their staff is well trained and they have partnered with (thus far from my research) the best Compliance service on the market currently to target the ADA compliance issues in real-time."
Marco Taddei, Webmaster
Fairfield Public Schools
Ogden School District is a district of about 20 schools, enrolling more than 12,000 students in Ogden Utah. With a rather large community, Ogden’s biggest challenge was informing the public. They needed their web presence to be simple, organized, and consistent throughout their school district, allowing visitors to quickly find and access the information they needed.
They now have an elegant design applied to all their school sites which enables them to tell their story. Both the main district site and each individual school website features a sleek, branded design, and the content is easy to update.
Turner Unified School District #202
Turner Unified School District 202 is located in Kansas City, Kansas, in Wyandotte county. Other school districts that share a border with Turner are the Bonner Springs School District, Kansas City Kansas School District, and Shawnee Mission School District.
Turner hosts approximately 4000 students from pre-school through twelfth grade. There are four elementary schools containing students from pre-school through fifth grade which are Junction Elementary, Midland Trail Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, and Turner Elementary. All sixth-grade students matriculate to the Turner Sixth Grade Academy which is designed to help sixth-grade students prepare for their transition to middle school. Upon completion of sixth grade, students transition to Turner Middle School for seventh and eighth grade and then to Turner High School for ninth through twelfth grade. An alternative high school program resides at Journey School of Choice, which is located separately from Turner High School. Turner also hosts QUEST, a dropout recovery program, in collaboration with the Southeast Kansas Educational Service Center. This program provides continued learning opportunities for adult high school dropouts culminating in a Turner High School diploma.
Upper Perkiomen School District wanted a site that was visually appealing, user friendly, and showcase all of the great happenings in their school district — including the construction of a new Middle School. The district uses their homepage to promote the district's initiatives and mission, as well as their upcoming events. To keep their current community informed, the district actively uses their password-protected community portals, news, and directories.
Springfield School District is a small school district in Sprinfield, PA that consists of four schools and a literacy center. Because the district is committed to providing an innovative, customized learning experience for each student, they wanted their website to offer this type of experience to webstite visitors. From the embedded, high-quality hero video that showcases the engagement between student and faculty, to a custom expandable element that highlights their custom approach to learning, SSD's web design, content and experience mirror its mission and brand. Each individual school's site follows the same design as the district homepage, which includes the same unique enhancements, unifying the user experience for website visitors.
Barbers Hill looked to Finalsite to create a new website design that was accessible and met ADA compliance requirements; provided their staff, parents, and community with timely and useful information that would be easy to find; and shared their core objective of "Tradition of Excellence" as both a district and with their schools schools through great design and content. Finalsite worked closely with Barbers Hill to ensure that their site visitors would have a positive experience through easy-to-use navigation, intuitive layouts and well-developed content.
Spring-Ford Area School district is centrally located in a growing area of rural Pennsylvania consisting of 11 schools and a virtual academy. With the mission to be educationally relevant, Spring-Ford partnered with Finalsite to ensure their website proved this mission. Complete with a sticky navigation element on the right, bold call to actions, and a unique customizable news element, the website's improves the user experience by making it easy to access important, personalized content. With parallax scrolling, beautiful high-res images, and an elegant use of the district's bold colors, their new website is engaging, easy-to-use and timeless.
Often, districts use their websites as a simple way to inform their community. However, Minnetonka Public Schools was one of the first districts we worked with who took a marketing-first approach to their website, with the goal of selling the Minnetonka brand, community value, and academic excellence. With 10 schools, as well as numerous community programs for youth and adults, Minnetonka Public Schools boasts a modest-sized district in Minnetonka, Minnesota. When you visit their site, you're greeted with high quality images, an infographic, and an engaging social media mash-up that pulls in the latest content shared by the district. The utility navigation provides quick and easy access to important community links, such as the portal login — ensuring that current families are still given the necessary attention on the new site.
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. An equally important objective was to provide information to current constituent groups in a way that was logical and easily accessible.
The end product features a visually rich homepage that walks new site visitors thought the school district's mission. The site features numerous design enhancements to make the site easy to navigate and prove to its tech-savvy community that it too, is tech-savvy. At the very top of the page, role-based navigation, calendar, news and search features provide current constituents with a variety of access points into the site. A jump to school feature in the footer provides easy access to individual school websites.
Lower Merion School District has been a Finalsite Client since 2012 and has gone through two website redesigns. LMSD's six elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools have all been recognized for excellence at the regional and national levels, and the district uses their site to boast the community's ongoing accomplishments. The mobile-first, intuitive design provides a functional user experience, and gives LMSD a platform to share their most important content right on the homepage. A personalized "Parents" area, which can easily be found in the utility menu at the top, provides current parents with the information and content most relevant to them, without cluttering the homepage. LMSD's site utilizes one of Finalsite's pre-built designs, offering them the design flexibility and customization they required to showcase each of the school's unique content, while maintaining a streamlined brand and UX.
Jackson County Public Schools is a small district in Syva, NC — a location central to cities like Atlanta, GA and Asheville, NC. With nine schools spanning 2 districts and 4,200 students and teachers, JCPS is a small, but impressive district. And they wanted a website to prove it.
At JCPS, the schools in our district are small enough for each student to be known and recognized as an individual, but large enough to provide a variety of opportunities for involvement and growth. JCPS came to Finalsite because they were losing some students to Charter Schools that were popping up in the area as well as to highlight all the features that they have to offer. The technology at JCPS alone was a driving force to keep students attending the schools as well as wanted to show that in the new website.
The School District of Elmbrook is a top tier public school district located fifteen minutes west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and serves the Cities of Brookfield, New Berlin, and the village of Elm Grove. Elmbrook Schools serves over 7,000 students with a dedicated and highly skilled staff of over 1,100. Elmbrook is consistently ranked as one of the top five school districts in the state of Wisconsin. Thier flagship high schools, Brookfield Central and Brookfield East are consistently ranked in the top 400 high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine. The goal of the redesign was to promote teaching and learning excellence and the personalizing of learning for all students, while also creating a site that made it easy for current and prospective families to navigate to the information they need in just a couple of clicks.The homepage of the site was designed to celebrate the district's accomplishments for current families as well as faculty and staff.
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.
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