The American School Foundation on the west side of Mexico City was founded in 1888 and is the oldest operating accredited American school outside the US. The primary goal of their redesign was to create a visually attractive, clean, and easy to navigate website that would serve as the central source of information for their internal constituencies. Finalsite accomplished this goal by helping create a series of portals where timely information could be provided to parents, students and faculty. A secondary goal was to provide information about the school to prospective families. The homepage uses a clean design to showcase their long history of academic excellence, their multitude of programs, and school vibrancy through bold colors, infographics, strong photography and clear call-to-actions.
Since 2005 when we first partnered with the International School of Brussels, Finalsite has been the premier choice for international school website solutions in all corners of the world. Working with over 225 schools and school groups in over 80 countries, Finalsite enables school communications to be up and running around the clock so that a school's global community can always stay connected. From enrollment, teacher recruitment to parent and student engagement, Finalsite provides solutions to enable international schools to meet these ever-changing challenges.
Drive enrollment by showcasing your school to the world.
Making your school stand out from the crowd and engaging prospective families is critical from the first moment they land on your website.
International schools often find that the website is the most important encounter that prospective families have prior to relocating across the globe, as many new families first time on campus is the first day of school. With 80 design awards and counting — including The Western Academy of Beijing — our design team knows what it takes to make your school stand out from the crowd.
We'll help you stand out in search, too. Our Search Engine Marketing Services Team will help your school maintain a Page 1 presence in the most popular searches made by families around the world — building an unbeatable web presence for recruiting and retaining talent, even in the toughest markets.
Use your site to attract the best talent.
Recruiting and retaining the faculty that best fit your school is critical.
With upwards of 30% yearly staff turnover and with the massive growth in the international school market, recruiting and retaining the faculty that best fit your international school is critical. Recruitment fairs are not always an option but a responsive, eye-catching website that gives insight to life at your school can help.
Engage and retain your current community.
Retaining current students, parents and faculty with engaging and timely content is critical.
With Finalsite's robust array of tools, you can improve school-to-home communications with password-protected community Portals, and with online newsletters and branded emails using eNotify. Finalsite provides your school with a complete digital platform to securely share private and personalized communications easily and in a timely matter.
Ranging from small schools to some of the largest, Finalsite works with schools around the world.
With clients in Africa, Europe, Canada, Asia, Australia and Central and South America, Finalsite spans the globe.
Our iron-clad secure hosting, integrated with Akamai CDN, means a lightning-fast user experience no matter where your users are accessing your website.
Schools who choose Finalsite, stay with Finalsite. Our international team around the world is there to support our clients every day.
Finalsite works with the leading international school associations to help them with their marketing efforts and help them better serve the needs of their member schools.
Finalsite offers hundreds of free best practice resources including blogs, webinars, international case studies and eBooks.
Finalsite's global support team answers your requests in a timely manner and is just an email away to help you in a pinch! We offer round-the-clock support.
"Finalsite was very patient and helped us get it just right – without making us feel like we were a nuisance. It was a somewhat organic, non-linear process, and we had plenty of time to develop our ideas as they kept evolving. We did not want to rush into our first ideas but involve others on our team who could help tune the messaging to get it just right."
Anne Keeling, Communication Director
“The new site is visually appealing, easy to navigate, mobile-friendly and engaging. Furthermore it gives a clear sense of the culture of our school and emotional insight into our community and what we offer. ”
Fiona Shaw, Director of Marketing and Communications
“Our new Finalsite website has been a revelation for our community and enabled us to truly demonstrate who we are as a school. It is easy to create and post content for the communications team and intuitive to navigate for our stakeholders and potential families. The structure provided ensures a structured, clean and readable site that we are proud to be associated with as a progressive school. Moving to Finalsite was one of the best things that we have done in the past 5 years.”
Tara Oldfield, Director of Marketing
"One benchmark the WAB Communications team uses to measure success is lack of complaints – which we can proudly say we have had none. We have also measured an increase in website traffic by 50% since last year at the same time. WAB families, faculty, and members of the international education community have all remarked that the new WAB website truly embodies the warmth and vibrancy of the school."
Kyle Bueschlen, Communication Specialist
"We are also in a very competitive market so realized that we needed to stand out from the crowd, which is why we chose Finalsite. Our website is not just for prospective families; that it is a virtual home for our current community is equally critical.”
Kelly Jo Larson, Senior Director of Communications and Strategic Planning
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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.
The International School of Kenya in Nairobi is home to over 900 students from 60 countries. With budget and staffing concerns, they opted for one of Finalsite's theme websites which met their needs and short timeframe. Their website is instrumental in selling the school since many families don’t get to visit Africa prior to enrolling. First impressions are critical, and their new site features a cleaner, more modern design, with simplified navigation that works great on mobile devices and showcases great content. The school does not have a webmaster but shares content responsibility across the school empowering users to market their areas of expertise. Read their case study here.
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.
Concordia International School of Shanghai in China is home to 1200 students from around the world. They wanted to convey the details of their community through their online presence and allow visitors to see inside the walls of the school without having to visit the campus. They also wanted to stand out from the crowd in a busy market. From their stunning and unique homepage, to the attention to minute details in the interior pages, the Concordia Shanghai Best-in-Class website does all this and more! Read their case study here.
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.
Cayman International School, located in the Cayman Islands, is a college preparatory school governed by International School Services. The school wanted their new site to be the focal point of all of their communication efforts both internally and externally. Their new site highlights their amazing location, international community and collaborative teaching style, and features a clear, easy to navigate homepage with engaging photos and imagery.
Branksome Hall Asia is an independent educational institution located in South Korea educating over 900 girls. The school opened in October 2012 and is the sister campus of the Canadian school Branksome Hall. Their redesigned site showcases their purpose-built, aesthetically appealing, and technologically advanced environment that enables world-class learning and teaching in both boarding and day scenarios. Their website pulls visitors in with great photography, vivid colors and engaging call-to-actions. Strong messaging round out this site to make for an overall “remarkable” experience.
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.
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.
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AAIE is a non-profit, membership based international organization that partners with educational institutions and associations worldwide.
AASSA's mission is to provide and promote programs and services to member schools whose primary language of instruction is English in order to enhance the quality of American and international education in the Americas.
The Association, which is non-profit, provides a forum where member schools can collaborate and share best practice. The Association is a critical resource for schools which are going through the IB authorization process for one or more IB programmes.
CIS provides services to primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions and individuals that share an interest in providing students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens.
Representing over 400 member organisations, COBIS is a responsive organisation, and has developed markedly since its foundation, changing to meet the needs and aspirations of its growing global school membership base.
The Federation of British International Schools in Asia is a membership association of British schools in Asia
The IBSC connects dedicated educators worldwide to discover the best learning practices for boys. Members join a coalition of professionals who are committed to advancing schools and the learning experience for boys.
The Tri-Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve on the quality of teaching and learning opportunities for schools in the region.
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