The Ron Clark Academy
Scaling An Internal Tool Into A Global SAAS Platform
WHAT WE DID
Our team of consultants, designers, and developers worked with The Ron Clark Academy to create a web application and mobile application that allows schools around the world to adopt and administer their own house system, driving a positive and fun school culture.
UX & UI Design
Consulting & Strategy
Web App Development
Mobile App Development
Ongoing Product Support & Improvements
Schools around the world look to The Ron Clark Academy for professional development and thought leadership in education.
Recognizing the demand for their expertise, RCA approached us for help converting their internal tool, “The House System,” into a scalable, impactful SaaS platform that would be accessible and easily-adoptable by schools worldwide.
The initial product launch was just the beginning.
Through iterative user testing and research, we’ve continued expanding and enhancing the platform’s functionality, driving further adoption and engagement.
When we started working with RCA in 2019, they were only administering their House System internally. The RCA House System is now used in 900+ schools in over 10 countries around the world.
Success isn’t just about creating a product that works. It’s about building a partnership based on trust and a shared vision for the product.
Students, parents, and educators across the globe rely on the ease of use and effectiveness of the platform daily to drive engagement and culture.
A great app only gets you so far. Adoption and engagement is paramount, which is why our team supports clients from deployment to download and beyond.
The House System features eight houses, each House has unique properties such as its own color, symbols, and more. Over time, these Houses adopt their own values and personality influenced by the culture of the students and staff within it.
Most recently, we implemented a rewards system that allows students to redeem points for school swag, unique rewards – like a “free pass to dress like a dinosaur all week,” and more.
Whether you’re visiting campus for a teacher training or a tour, the Ron Clark Academy is a magical place. Slides, dragons, artwork, music, dancing, and school spirit fill the space. Our team was tasked with the unique challenge of capturing that magic and transforming it into a digital experience.
So how did we do it? Our designers created roaring animations (including a fire breathing dragon, a striking cobra, and a howling wolf), swaying lanterns and house banners, and more to craft a “magic castle” styler user experience that is both fun and intuitive.
Success That Scales
In our initial conversations with the Ron Clark Academy, it was clear that there was pent up demand from schools looking to implement their own House System. Going from launching a new product to supporting tens of thousands of users within a few months requires both pre-launch foresight and post-launch agility.
With users of varying tech savviness accessing the apps on a variety of devices and systems, edge cases surface, issues pop up, and quick action must be taken. Working closely with the RCA team, we established a strict system for tracking, prioritizing, and addressing reported issues in order to rapidly stabilize and improve all aspects of the platform.
By leveraging various Amazon Web Services, the infrastructure supporting the apps was able to auto-scale rapidly to support exponential growth in the number of users.