Fort Collins Montessori School (FCMS) is a pre/K-9th grade charter school in Colorado, which seeks to provide an exceptional educational experience based upon the principals and philosophies of Doctor Maria Montessori. Founded in 2014, FCMS is a publicly-funded, tuition-free school serving students in the Poudre School District and operating within two different campuses in Fort Collins. The school has
Fort Collins Montessori School was the 2016 recipient of our annual free website giveaway, in which Road Warrior Creative donates a custom designed and developed website to a U.S.-registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, nominated and voted upon by the community. Learn more about our annual free website giveaway here.
In their opening year, Fort Collins Montessori School’s board of directors had put together a basic, functional website. While their original website worked for a first-year charter school, as enrollment grew and the school expanded into a second building, school administrators realized that they were in need of a website with improved tools for managing communications with prospective and current students and families.
When the school nominated itself for our free nonprofit website program, top on their list of needs were tools for broadcasting information to parents of enrolled students, a robust calendar for tracking a multitude of events and activities, an on-site alternative to Signup Genius to manage volunteer needs and signup, and integrate donation forms for online donations. Fort Collins Montessori School needed a website that would support their educational efforts for years to come.
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Because Fort Collins Montessori School’s website needed to provide a wealth of information to the public, attract new families to enroll in their program, and present opportunities to engage and get involved with the school, our primary goal was to craft a user experience that was capable of packing in a lot of information in an attractive way. After an in-depth discovery session to establish FCMS’s goals, we created an intuitive two-tiered navigation structure and provided guidance on how school staff could better organize content to make it easier to find.
With a content structure established, we turned to designing a colorful home page that answered key questions individuals in their three target demographics (current families, prospective families, and community members) might have. FCMS has specific goals for how each of these audiences should interact with their website; our design was to balance the competing needs of multiple audiences. We included quick links and clear calls to action for each target demographic, and placed a large emphasis on usability that would work for every group.
As we worked closely with FCMS staff to develop the website, it became clear that a key underlying goal of the project was to reduce administrative overhead. Each element of the website was developed with this in mind. We included easy online payment options for families who owe fees to the school or want to donate, and a highly customized “Family Resources” area that includes announcement posts and volunteer sign-up sheets. It was our goal to create a website that reduces administrative burden, enabling faculty and staff to spend more time doing what they do best: teaching!
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Mobile-responsive, accessible website for educators who nurture human potential and families in their school community.
Following the launch of their website, we received much positive feedback from Fort Collins Montessori School parents, teachers, and staff. The improved professional design helped to elevate the perception of the school in the community, which is key to both growing enrollment and seeking funding.
With the improved navigation structure and designed page connections, Fort Collins Montessori School saw a 25% increase in pages per session in just a matter of months. Through on-site donation forms, the school receives regular one-time and recurring donations to support their efforts.
Since their original launch, Fort Collins Montessori School has transferred their website hosting to Road Warrior Creative. They were experiencing slow website load times at their previous web host and were looking for ongoing support and updates management, and we were happy to step up and fulfill both needs with a hosting and support package.