Lake Washington Public Schools

Best-in-Class District Website

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Being the fourth-biggest public school system in Washington, it was time for LWSD to give its nearly decade-old website a facelift. Its leadership team identified many challenges it was having with its website when it came to communicating with its administration, teachers, students, and parents across multiple schools. With the help of a nearby firm, Loft9 Consulting, it was able to determine the website needs for a new and better online communications platform. Loft9 created a rubric to help the district’s leadership team compare various candidates. Categories included: Product demonstration, Usability, Tool management, Systems integration with other applications such as Skyward or Google Apps for Education, SEO, and Service and Support. 

The district, which serves 28,000 students at 58 schools recently launched their best-in-class website design. The new online environment built by Finalsite now streamlines previous difficulties and inefficiencies, while accomplishing another critical goal as well – it will keep the community informed about how the district is spending their bond money. 

“Finalsite scored first in five categories, and came in second in the rest. We were particularly impressed with their design expertise, the quality of their references, and the transparency of their process.” 

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