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Web Design and CMS for Independent Schools

Simple content management, award-winning design and secure hosting built for independent schools.

Empower Your School to Recruit, Retain and Engage.

From recruiting right-fit families and faculty to retaining students, staff, and alumni, over 1,300 US independent schools, including more than 600 NAIS member schools, choose the Finalsite platform to showcase what makes them unique and communicate effectively.

With products and services designed just for schools, we have new pricing and scalable packages to fit every budget. Our easy-to-use CMS, inbound tools, integrations with partners like Veracross, Blackbaud, Magnus Health and more, award-winning designs, secure hosting and dozens of tools for managing content,  schools around the world agree that Finalsite is partner of choice for sharing their value. 

Why Finalsite

Award-Winning Design

Our talented design team has earned more than 80 awards for sites like Taft, Sidwell Friends, and Punahou.

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Seamless Integration

Integration with Blackbaud, Senior Systems, Veracross and other popular platforms simplify workflows and ensure data integrity.

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Security and Compliance

We are proud to be GDPR compliant and work tirelessly on ensuring your data is secure, backed up and serving from the best network infrastructure in the market.

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Inbound Marketing Tools

Engage your community and measure what works with inbound marketing tools for email workflows, page personalization and more!

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Easy-to-Use CMS

Composer lets anyone design and update beautiful website pages with no coding knowledge required.

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Affordable and Scalable

Starting at $6,500/yr, you can join the best schools in the country on a platform that is stable, incredibly flexible and well developed. Add over time as your needs change.

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NAIS Member Schools (and counting!)

We're the partner of choice for nearly half of NAIS schools nationwide! 


Hosting Uptime

Our iron-clad secure hosting very rarely skips a beat to ensure a seamless experience.


Client Retention

Schools who choose Finalsite, stay with Finalsite.


Design Awards 

Our talented team receives accolades from the world's most prestigious web design awards. 


Finalsite staff who have worked in schools

We've been there, from admissions and advancement to the classroom and dorms, and know what it takes to help you reach your goals.  Learn more about our awesome team! 


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"The new site has driven a 33% increase in admissions inquiry traffic and conversions this year over last year!"

Matt Wolinksi, Director of Financial Aid


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"Finalsite has the expertise, and really has the process down. The team ushers you through in a timely manner, and was as invested in making a gorgeous site as much as we were."

Kaitlin Orfitelli, Director of Marketing and Communications



"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. 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


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"Only three months into the current school year, our phones started ringing with inquiries about enrollment for the 2017-2018 academic year. In a time where, unfortunately, many Catholic grammar schools are seeing a decrease in enrollment, we were comfortable projecting an increase. About 90% of the callers mentioned hearing about our school online. The investment we made in our school's website is paying off! Thank you, Finalsite!"

Jonathan DeRosa, Principal

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Meet one-on-one with one of our website consultants for a free analysis and report of your website's design, content and overall strategy, and the steps you can take to improve it.

Independent School Design Portfolio

Schools choose Finalsite for our deep experience in showcasing a school's value to stand out from the competition.

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St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is a PK-8 independent school that wanted to reinforce their commitment to educating the whole child: mind, heart, and spirit. Their education reaches far beyond the classroom through local outreach activities, parish communities, and by serving those in need throughout the world. There was one issue - their website did not showcase all the school had to offer. Finalsite's Deployment team was able to create a unique design, with fun animations, that shows through parent and student testimonials, the school's love for learning and why St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is the right choice for your child. The innovation and functionality of this design were recognized in the 2017 Davey Awards, when the school took home Silver for their website.

  • Award-Winner
  • Catholic School
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St. John's Episcopal School
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St. John's Episcopal School is located in Dallas, TX, and is home to more than 500 students. The school is dedicated to a program of academic excellence designed to train the mind, strengthen the character and enrich the spirit of each student. To reinforce that message, the school wanted the new website that would as bright and bold as their community, showcase their dynamic energy, and infuse pride and confidence in their faculty and staff. St. John's Episcopal Day School's website offers a one-of-a-kind scrolling experience you won't find anywhere else — you really have to experience it, so be sure to visit their site. You won't be disappointed.

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Sidwell Friends School
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Sidwell Friends School, a well-established Quaker day school in the heart of Washington, DC has been a Finalsite client for nearly a decade. This most recent design aimed to embrace the Quaker values while providing depth and meaningful stories and information to its broad audience. The site affirms the centrality of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of academic and campus life, honoring a multiplicity of voices, making the student voice a priority.  Site visitors will see the "voices" throughout the entire site. Another website priority was to highlight what distinguishes the school -- particularly its programs, clubs and the strength of it’s faculty -- which users can find featured throughout the website.

  • Award-Winner
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westminster school

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The Westminster Schools, based in Altanta and one of the largest independent day schools in the country, serves a community of over 400 faculty and staff, 1800 students and 12,000 alumni. Needless to say, Finalsite was challenged to deliver a website solution that could capture the incredible depth and breadth of its academic program, its broad outreach and student life opportunities, fundraising initiatives, an amazing campus covering hundreds of acres, and a vibrant school community. A new best-in-class website, with a modern aesthetic, compelling storytelling, engaging visual elements, with simple navigation -- all helped to meet that challenge, but it was also our trusted partnership with the School, who looked to Finalsite to help them with the software they needed to keep the site fresh and as exciting as every day is. This is a site to spend some time on, with lots of special treatments and new approaches to content.

  • Award-Winner
  • Best-in-Class
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The Woods Academy
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The Woods Academy is an inclusive Catholic community preparing boys and girls to lead lives of significance. Located in Bethesda, MD, The Woods Academy came into the redesign process with thee main goals: 1. secure the "permanency" of the school; 2. maintain steady enrollment; and 3. launch the Entrepreneurial Leadership Innovation Lab, a center for learning and applying an entrepreneurial mindset, modern technological skills, leadership development and business acumen for students who engage in real-world collaborative projects through innovative curriculum. With their new site, The Woods Academy stands out in a competitive market with a horizontal scrolling website that has received two design awards in the past year. As you scroll, the homepage moves like a storybook, providing both a unique and user-friendly user experience.

  • Award-Winner
  • Catholic School
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ravenscroft school

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Ravenscroft is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent day school in Raleigh, NC — an increasingly competitive market. As a Finasite client since 2008, the school approached us with the desire to go above and beyond, and be more innovative than any other school in their market by providing a unique, yet intuitive, content and navigation experience. In their recent redesign, Ravenscroft’s goal was to inspire audiences to learn more about Ravenscroft, and to facilitate ease of inquiry/visit, application, and “giving” to Ravenscroft. They wanted their site to look and feel unique to Ravenscroft - to be as distinctive as they know they are, and to make sure that their site is unlike (and not replicated by) other schools’ websites. Mission accomplished! The site also received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Web Awards.

  • Award-Winner
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Peddie School
Peddie School

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Guided by the confidence in their motto, “We Finish Our Labors to Begin Them Anew,” Peddie School, a top boarding and day school in New Jersey, is committed to the intellectual, social, and moral growth of each of our students. Peddie turned to Finalsite to create a truly unique website to capture its mission and vision in partnership with their communications team and ongoing branding efforts. Finalsite's content management solution and suite of software modules make it easy for the multimate editors to update content, create new layouts, and develop media-rich pages without any technical expertise -- and with the peace of mind that Finalsite's top-notch support team is available to help.

  • Award-Winner
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Lakeside School
Lakeside School

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Lakeside School, a premier day school in Seattle, WA serving grades 5-12, turned to Finalsite for not only a design that suited their academically rigorous, progressive and forward thinking mission as a top school in the region, but also improved ways to connect their internal systems together with Finalsite's experienced integration team. The interactive homepage leads with a provocative statement and walks users through the countless ways a student can experience the diverse curriculum and program at the school. As a school and community based near the homes of Microsoft and Amazon, the website needed to meet the highest of expections, and Finalsite was prepared to take on that challenge.

  • Award-Winner
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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.

  • Best-in-Class
  • Boarding School
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The Community School
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The Community School is an independent pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade day and boarding school located in Sun Valley, Idaho. The Community School's academics, extracurriculars, and overall experience are adventurous, exciting, and unlike any other school in the country — and they wanted a website to not only showcase that experience, but simulate it. The Community school's new Best-in-Class website draws website visitors in with a design, videos, and photos that mirror the quality of the institution and supports their ambition to have a national and international presence. The homepage projects the essence and differentiators of the school: an education that involves lots of programmatic options, an outdoor program, athletics, arts, teacher/student connections, experiential learning, outdoor program, and an amazing location, as well as the outcome of that: graduates who are great kids with unlimited options for continuing their education. The Community School was also awarded the top honor in the 2017 Webby Awards — one of the toughest award competitions in the world.

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