The 2019 WebAwards are out, and in the Education category, congratulations go to The Shipley School for winning Best Education Website, Long Island Lutheran for winning Outstanding Website, and Fort Bend Christian Academy for earning Education Standard of Excellence honors. This is the second consecutive year that Blackbaud K–12 school websites have received recognition in the WebAwards.
WebAwards are an annual competition from the Web Marketing Association, an organization that strives to boost the standard of excellence for website development and marketing. The WebAwards are judged by a panel of industry experts that includes members of the media, advertising and marketing executives, and creative directors. Each site is graded on seven criteria: design, copywriting, innovation, content, interaction, navigation, and use of technology. The highest score in a given category wins Best Website of that industry.
“The Education category in the WebAwards spans K–12 schools, higher ed institutions, and organizations that created education-related websites,” said Travis Warren, president and GM of Blackbaud K–12 Solutions, “so it's a tremendous honor for these schools and our services team to receive this recognition. Congratulations to all involved.”
Each of the award-winning sites is a product of Blackbaud K–12's professional-level design service engagement. The sites are also powered by Blackbaud School Website SystemTM, the industry-leading CMS solution for K–12 private schools.
The Shipley School
The Shipley School is a coeducational, independent, college-preparatory day school serving students from pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. The school received the top honor in the category as the Best Education Website after coming into the redesign project with the goal of creating a homepage that was more flexible and showcased community events, as well as to improve the site's navigation and user experience.
Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School (LuHi)
LuHi is a leading college preparatory school, serving students in grades 6–12 that provides affordable, independent, faith-based education. The goal of the school's award-winning website was to showcase the entire student experience, enabling athletics, humanities, and activities to complement the academic program.
Fort Bend Christian Academy
Fort Bend Christian Academy is a private day school for grades PreK–12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities. The goal of Fort Bend Christian Academy's new website was to distinguish the school's brand by providing a more meaningful experience for prospective families.
Congratulations to The Shipley School, Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School, and Fort Bend Christian Academy!
For insight into effective school website design strategies from Blackbaud K–12's professional services team, read "Top Private School Website Design Trends for 2019."
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