Award Year: 2016

Geist Elementary School

14051 East 104th Street
Fishers, IN, 46040-9599

(317) 915-4260

Mrs. Christi L. Thomas, Principal at time of Nomination

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

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Mission

Our mission is to provide an education that meets the needs, abilities and interests of all students while building meaningful relationships and academic self-confidence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Geist Elementary technology integration in our Maker Space.

Geist Elementary technology integration in our Maker Space.

Geist Elementary(GES) is a K-4 school with 782 students in Hamilton Southeastern School District (HSE) in Fishers, Indiana. HSE is the fourth largest district in Indiana and a growing community of 21,000+ students. Our mission at GES is to provide a 21st century education that centers around the needs, abilities and interests of all students while building meaningful relationships. HSE instructional practices focus around student centered approaches of differentiation, choice, and relevance in an inquiry rich setting where students use technology and electronic resources to support enriched experiences. We differentiate within the workshop model in math, reading and word work to meet the variety of needs and interests of our students. GES focuses on creating a collaborative environment that is inclusive of all students.

The GES staff aims to help develop independent, lifelong learners who use their individual gifts and problem solving skills to lead meaningful lives and serve others. The school wide inquiry project, Geist Marketplace, is where classes pair up at different grade levels and create a business. Students devise a plan, request money from the "bank", create products, market and sell the products, pay their debts and then provide proceeds to a local agency of their choosing. This authentic and relevant experience brings economics, entrepreneurship, character skills and students ownership to the forefront of our instruction. Geist is honored to have amazing parents and students who support our work and a world class team of faculty and staff that are dedicated and focused on each individual child.