Geiger Montessori School


Client Tacoma Public Schools
Type New Construction / Replacement
Grade Levels Pre K – 5
Students 550
Area 67,800 square feet
Completed August 2012

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‘Their design approach is low key, responsive to, and respectful of, the district. They are approachable, flexible, and have adhered to the schedule and budgetary constraints.’

Peter Wall, Former Director of Planning and Construction
Tacoma Public Schools

Geiger’s site descends from east to west, opening to views of the Narrows and Puget Sound. Shared activity spaces are located adjacent to classrooms in pods to promote self-directed learning opportunities. The facility lends itself to sustainable learning through the learning gardens, a 5,000-gallon cistern for water reclamation, and a connection to the outdoors through natural daylighting throughout the school. Marine themes build individual identities for the six classroom pods, with each classroom having its own marine mascot. As one of two Montessori schools in Tacoma Public Schools, Geiger shifts away from the teacher-centered delivery system to emphasize student-centered exploration.