Four Blackbaud K–12 Schools Earn 2020 WebAwards Honors

September 21, 2020 Daren Worcester

For the third consecutive year, Blackbaud K–12 websites were honored in the annual WebAwards. Congratulations to Crossroads School, Graland, and Regis Jesuit High School for earning Outstanding Website honors, as well as Episcopal High School for its Standard of Excellence recognition. 

The WebAwards are a prestigious and competitive competition hosted by the Web Marketing Association. A panel of independent industry experts judge the websites on a 0–10 point scale in seven categories—Design, Innovation, Content, Technology, Interactivity, Copywriting, and Ease of Use. The top-scoring website in each category receives Best in Industry, as The Shipley School did last year; sites with a score over 60 points are awarded Outstanding Website; Standard of Excellence recognizes sites that scored above the average for all entries in the category. 

The winning Blackbaud K–12 websites were entered into the School or Education categories, where they were judged against other private schools, colleges and universities, and education-themed sites. These four sites all utilized Blackbaud K–12's professional-level design and strategic consulting services, and are powered by our content management solution for private schools, Blackbaud School Website SystemTM

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences is an independent K–12 in Santa Monica, California with two campuses and approximately 1,190 students. 

"Our new website does an excellent job at showcasing the unique Crossroads experience and highlighting our core values," said Ginette Buffone, website manager. "It’s packed with content, yet organized and curated in a way that is easily digestible and easy to navigate. It has been a fantastic marketing tool for us, and we are beyond thrilled that it is being recognized with this honor."

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool through middle school.

"Going into this project, we wanted a website that would uniquely reflect the essence of our brand," said Karyn Huberman, director of marketing and communications. "The Blackbaud design team took our interests to heart and mapped out a concept that truly embodies and reflects our school’s personality, while also delivering information in a visually appealing way."

Regis Jesuit High School

Regis Jesuit High School is a coeducational Roman Catholic school with single-gender classrooms in the Denver-metro area. 

"Designing the new Regis Jesuit website could not have gone any better," said Charisse Broderick King, director of communications. "It was a fully collaborative effort with our Blackbaud designer, who worked diligently throughout the process to listen and understand what we wanted and needed." Regis Jesuit is also utilizing Blackbaud K–12's managed and retainer services. "We continue to work with her to make improvements to our site structure and design today to ensure that it remains as functional now as it was on the day we launched."

Episcopal High School

Episcopal High School is a coeducational boarding school with approximately 440 students in Alexandria, Virginia. 

To learn about the design strategy and creative thinking behind these websites, read our article, "What are the Top Private School Website Design Trends for 2020?" You may also be interested in seeing our WebAwards winners from 2019 and 2018

About the Author

Daren Worcester

Daren Worcester has been a member of the Blackbaud K-12 team for 17 years, assisting hundreds of independent schools through a variety of website development roles. A former copywriter and a published author with an appetite for SEO, Daren currently serves as the senior content marketing manager for K-12.

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