With over 900 pupils and counting, Dubai College has been a fast-growing international school since its royal inception in 1978. Continuously rated as “outstanding” by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, its website features some stunning forward-thinking design and layouts. The homepage breaks ground with its adjustable sliding scales attached to different areas of interest within the school; the visitor then clicking the custom ’start’ icon to begin their personalised journey into the site. On the interior pages, the Flickr-linked sticky footer and variety of social elements demonstrate the school’s engagement with the community and overall marketing-mindedness. Exceptional use of best practice assets and infographics combined with slick high-resolution photography and visuals create a very strongly branded site.
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 enrolment, teacher recruitment to parent and student engagement, Finalsite provides solutions to enable international schools to meet these ever-changing challenges.
Drive enrolment 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 personalised 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
Want feedback on your international school's website and how you can improve? Request a free website audit and consultation with one of our in-house website experts!
Founded in 1978, the British School of Amsterdam is a leading international institution with over 900 students. Their values are to create a stimulating and caring environment, enabling all pupils to realise their potential. Their website redesign showcases happy, engaged students and quickly draws visitors in to learn more. Each school section is clearly marked and coupled with a mega-navigation to enable visitors to quickly find the information they desire. The website footer does a great job putting into perspective the school’s location while at the same time showcasing the diversity of the school.
The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) is a family of international schools that welcomes young people from all nationalities to an educational community that fosters a passion for excellence along with mutual respect and understanding. TASIS schools are located in Switzerland, England and Puerto Rico and also include an extensive Summer program. Their websites showcases through imagery, engaging authentic content, call-to-actions and emotional appeal all that makes TASIS so unique. Their websites utilize best practice while also incorporating very creative and cutting-edge ideas.
The Kellett School – the British International School in Hong Kong was founded in 1976, the Chinese Year of the Fire Dragon. The parent founders sought a high-quality, British-style education, rich in the Arts and in Sports. The homepage, complete with a dragon logo, does an incredible job telling a complete story about the school. Great images, infographics, authentic stories, news and calendars items enable visitors to get a comprehensive view on all the school has to offer. As you dive deeper into the site, unique page elements along with videos make for an engaging experience.
One of Britain’s most prestigious schools encapsulating tradition, global recognition and a pioneering education, Harrow School’s ethos is “to measure success not by grades but by one’s influence on the world”.
To experience Harrow is to see Harrow, and thus the interactive map reveals the school’s outstanding grounds, and features each of the Boarding Houses along with a short introduction of the Housemasters. With inspiration being at the core of Harrow, its distinctive alumni page promotes some of its famous former pupils, taking emotional engagement to a new level by showcasing biographical profiles that also reveal a childhood photo of their time at Harrow. Aware of the interest in Harrow’s legacy, the school created a dedicated page to the Old Speech Room Gallery, appealing to academics and members of the public who are interested in the rich history of the school.
The task of designing a website to reflect the vast qualities and unique intricacies of this school is not one to be underestimated and Harrow excels at creating visually attractive and interactive quick links to help steer their visitors seamlessly.
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.
The International School of London is a pioneering international school group that has paved the way for integrating mother tongue languages into a standard international curriculum, starting in the Early Childhood years. Founded in 1972, it was one of the first International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Schools. Since then the group has grown to include schools in London, Qatar, and Surrey. Their website redesign provides consistent messaging and branding across the organization while each school can showcase what makes them unique on their own school sites. These scrolling homepages are rich with imagery, infographics, and news and events to capture visitors’ attention.
Dubai resident, Wife and mother of 2 boys, Basketball player/co-coach, Outdoor enthusiast, Fanatical about coffee and sports.
WeHa, CT native/enthusiast, football (soccer) player/coach, textbook middle child, diehard Celtics & Tottenham fan whilst living the expat life!
We don't view a website redesign as a purchase or transaction. This is a partnership. Let's find out if we're a good fit!
Dive into this 80+ page, popular e-book that focuses on every strategy schools need to consider when launching a new website, from budgeting to design to engagement.