YEARS IN BUSINESS

15

LOCATED IN

Florida

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

Employees

NUMBER OF BOARDING SCHOOLS WE SERVE

Schools

Circlescapes Virtual Tours

Circlescapes has been creating compelling virtual campus tours for boarding schools since 2008. A Circlescapes tour allows you to showcase the unique aspects of your school online to prospective students, families and faculty anywhere in the world. Your tour will feature big, bold 360° photography, a custom-branded interface to match your website, and can include media like campus maps, drone footage, tour guides, videos, slideshows, embedded viewbooks, multiple languages and call to action links. This interactive marketing piece is easy to change or add to over time and is more affordable than you may think, with NO recurring fees! And once we capture the photography, we can have your tour ready to go live in a few weeks.

WHY BOARDING SCHOOLS CHOOSE US

We know that you have lots of options in choosing a virtual tour provider, but boarding schools choose Circlescapes because: • we are experts at making your campus look great in 360° • your Circlescapes tour is custom-designed to reflect your unique brand • a Circlescapes tour us scalable so your content stays fresh and relevant • we are easy to work with – just ask our clients! • there are NO RECURRING FEES • we are fast- your tour can be ready in about 2 weeks after the photo shoot

OUR MISSION

To be the best virtual tour provider on the internet from: • quality photography • customizability and effectiveness of the final virtual tour • comprehensive service offerings • happiness of our customers • fast turnaround time • and reasonable pricing
Our Circlescapes virtual tour has been very well-received. We initially engaged Circlescapes to create a basic virtual tour for us, and we’ve taken the opportunity to work with their dedicated and responsive team over the years to enhance our tour with video and audio. Our virtual tour has become an important component of our admissions efforts, particularly during the pandemic. It’s a great way for prospective families to experience Marist School from afar.
Cristina V. Herrera, Director of Communications, Marist School
Although at first the idea of coordinating a virtual tour was overwhelming, it was one of the best decisions we made to help families get to know our amazing campus during the pandemic. Working with Lisa and the team to share the beauty of our campus, along with the programs was worth every moment we spent on it and is paying off. Our applicant numbers are shockingly similar to past years given the fact that 95% of our process was remote. We credit a lot of this success to our Circlescapes Virtual Tour. We were also able to combine the tour with self-guided on-campus experiences on the weekends which were 100% within the health and safety guidelines.
Jamie Moffett, Director of Admissions, Marin Country Day School
WOW and WOW!! I cannot believe how quickly you all were able to turn this project around. It looks great! Thank you!
Lisa Davis, Director of Institutional Advancement, St. Martin’s Episcopal School
I reached out to Circlescapes based on their reputation, and the team did not disappoint! Our Virtual Tour was the talk of our industry for months and we had every local competitor in our region reach out to ask for best practices and recommendations on a vendor partner. All I could say was CALL CIRCLESCAPES! They truly are the best.
Melissa Marti, Director of Admissions, Christopher Columbus High School

Why is the circle more trustworthy than the square? Because he doesn’t have an angle

WILLIAM GILYARD

Will Gilyard is in his 19th year of working in independent schools. In 2020, he returned to his alma mater Choate Rosemary Hall to take on the roles of Form Dean, and Alumni Engagement Associate. Will joined Choate after nine years at the Kingswood Oxford School (KO), a 6-12 independent day school located in West Hartford, CT, where he served as Dean of Students, an upper school math teacher, assistant football coach, and faculty advisor for the United Students club and Boys of Color group. At Choate, Will is the faculty adviser to Choate Afro Latino Men (CALM), and Girls Who Code (GWC).

Will also serves as a core faculty member and helped create the curriculum for the Institute for New Teachers of Color in Independent Schools, created in 2020, the Interschool Leadership Institute, created in 2013. Will also served as a core faculty member of the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color (KOLIEC) from 2011-2018 and helped create the curriculum for the mentoring/advising circles for institute participants.

Before joining KO, Will was the Head of the Upper School at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. He serves on the board of advisors for the IDEAL School, also located in New York City. He is passionate about the role of educators in independent schools, specifically in the lives of students of color. Will has attended numerous workshops, conferences, and institutes related to leadership in independent schools and anti-racist education. Will had the honor of being a member of a think tank for the CARLE institute. 

Will has his B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and his M.A. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Joseph. Will is thrilled to be a part of the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) team and looks forward to working with energized and focused individuals who are interested in being change agents in the residential life sphere.

Will and his wife, Afton, ALP/Enrichment Teacher in Stratford Public Schools reside in Wallingford, CT with their two sons, William (10) and Maxwell (8).

RYAN PAGOTTO

Associate Head of School Ryan Pagotto ’97 joined Blair’s faculty in 2002 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the School on matters related to student and residential life, including health and counseling services, athletics and co-curricular programs. He runs Monday School Meeting and, among other things, is known for greeting students in the morning at the Clinton Hall doorway and offering freshly picked apples from his office during the month of October. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ryan serves as a member of the history department and teaches Global Issues. He also authors the monthly e-newsletter From Hilltop to Home, a communication designed to help new boarding-school parents navigate the ins and outs of the Blair experience.

Over the course of his time at Blair, Ryan has served as a history teacher, head tennis coach, a dorm head and Dean of Admission. He completed his undergraduate work at Dickinson College, where he captained the men’s tennis team, and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at Blair, Ryan taught at the Taft Summer School in Watertown, Connecticut, and Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He also spent three summers as program director of the Cambridge Prep Experience at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University.

In addition to his roles in schools, Ryan has served as a faculty member for the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) Summer Session and is a regular presenter at national boarding and independent school conferences on student and residential life.

Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, performing arts department chair and Director of Instrumental Music at Blair, live in Grullon House with their children, Jack, Will, Ella and Addison, and their dog, Teagan. The Pagottos enjoy opening their home to Blair students, faculty and staff members throughout the year.

SUSAN BALDRIDGE

Susan served as a professor and leader at Middlebury College for over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President and Provost, leading Middlebury’s academic programs across multiple campuses – Middlebury, Bread Loaf, Monterey – as well as study abroad locations around the world. Prior to her Provostship, Susan served as Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Dean of Planning and Assessment, and Dean of the Faculty. She is a tenured Professor of Psychology and taught throughout her time at Middlebury.

Susan began her consulting firm in 2018, advising schools, colleges, non-profits and foundations in the areas of strategy, planning and governance; and coaching senior administrators to build leadership capacity and support change management. This led her to partner with TABS in 2019, in the development of TABS current strategic plan.

In addition to consulting, Susan co-authored the book, The College Stress Test, an analysis of educational markets and tools for helping schools to identify their place within market trends. The book was named one of the best books on higher education in 2020 by Forbes Magazine. Susan has presented extensively on topics relating to human sexuality, social psychology, and the psychology of women and gender. She received her B.S. with highest honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, at Denison University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at UCLA.