St. Augustine Preparatory School fosters a unique mission. Shaped and inspired by Augustinian and Catholic values, the once small school has grown into one of New Jersey’s most prestigious private high schools, with an enrollment of over 700. The growing school wanted a website that would capture its commitment to academics, the arts, and the Augustinian spirit.
The site is built using Wordpress, making it easier for school officials to update, add to, and maintain. Meanwhile, increased security from Wordpress keeps the site safe and secure.
All members of the Prep’s faculty and staff are highlighted in detailed, simple-to-search directories built using a plugin that KDG customized with unique fields and data.
The new site is fully mobile responsive. Hermits can check their calendars, view important documents, check out the Prep’s sports teams, and read new blog posts on the go.
Custom tabs were created for easier navigation. Current students, prospects, alumni, parents, and faculty all have their own little corner of the site dedicated solely to them.
Four pre-existing blogs were integrated with the new site to give the Prep’s Hermits, both new and old, a place to have their voices heard.
Real-time calendars, pulled directly from the school’s internal calendar system, give updates on lunch menus, sporting events, campus-wide lectures, exams, and more.
The Prep is a unique high school with a very unique mission. As a result, it needed a website that would be so much more than that of a typical high school website. KDG used its higher ed web design experience to create a site for the private high school that rivals even college and university websites. With its segmented audience focus, its online course curriculum, and its outline of rich student life opportunities, the site gives past, present, and future Hermits a place to learn, share, and connect.
High schools aren’t known for having user friendly, engaging, and aesthetically pleasing websites. Together, KDG and St. Augustine Prep wanted to change this. The higher ed web design experts at KDG created a site that not only stands out against the sites of other high schools, but even rivals the sites of some colleges and universities.
A variety of features were implemented into the Wordpress website, features that are commonplace on higher ed sites, but foriegn when it comes to sites for high schools. Course catalogues allow students to browse possible concentrations, calendars keep the community updated on lectures and big games, blogs give students a place to express themselves, and videos engage members of campus.
With the Augustinian values of truth, unity, and love behind every decision the school makes, KDG wanted the school’s new site to be an online platform for its values. With a sleek design, an engaging interface, and pages dedicated to both current students and alumni, the site is able to hold true to the Augustinian spirit and its brotherhood, keeping the prep school’s “Hermits” connected long after they’ve left campus.