School Profile

A Unique Education

Founded in 1974, Maharishi School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum accompanied by an innovative and progressive technology called “Consciousness-Based® Education.” Daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation® program develops students’ full inner and outer potential by optimizing brain functioning, expanding awareness, and releasing stress.

About: Maharishi School is a non-sectarian, PreK-12, day and boarding school with students from over 30 countries. The School offers the standard body of knowledge in the humanities, arts, sciences, social sciences and technology. Consciousness-Based Education cultivates deeper levels of thinking, knowledge and relationships. Through the study of universal, underlying principles, students see connections between all their subjects and themselves.

Location: Located in Fairfield, Iowa, Maharishi School shares a 9-acre campus with Maharishi University of Management (MUM), an international university with approximately 1,400 students from 85 countries. Fairfield is 2 hours from Des Moines, 1.5 hours from Cedar Rapids, and 4.5 hours from Chicago. Fairfield has 4 seasons, with snow in winter.

Student Body: 182 Students Pre-K through 12th grade, 62 in Upper School, 22 boarding students, 25% international students

Average Class Size: 12 students
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12:1

For Girls: soccer, golf, cross country, tennis, volleyball, track
For Boys: soccer, golf, cross country, tennis, basketball, and track

Campus Features: Three majestic brick buildings form the main classroom complex, including Hopson Hall, which overlooks a courtyard complete with an orchard, rose garden, and 4,100 sq. ft. organic greenhouse. Foster Hall is on the northern side of the courtyard overlooking the central garden. The school also has two libraries, two computer labs, three art rooms, a fully equipped digital and conventional photography lab and two music rooms. The spacious auditorium is well-equipped for performances and community gatherings. Athletic facilities include a soccer field; play fields; a gymnasium for basketball and volleyball competitions; a huge recreation center with 4 indoor tennis courts, 3 basketball courts, a climbing wall, indoor track, a cardio and weight training room, an outdoor swimming pool; and a nearby lake for water sports like canoeing and kayaking and in winter, skating and cross country skiing. MUM facilities (shared with Maharishi School) include: theatre, library, outdoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor and outdoor track, soccer sports fields, student center with auditorium, university store, cafeteria, coffee shop.

Project-Based Learning allows for more time to pursue passions and build a portfolio by having an 80-minute project period each day. Students can select pre-designed projects such as: play production, rocketry, ceramics and kiln building, application prototyping, earth to table (ceramics and cooking), performing arts (choral reading, ensemble acting, mime, musical theater, radio broadcasting, short film), entrepreneurship, fashion design, game show production, music, freelance design, songwriting and music production, film production, and food blog. Students with passions outside these areas are encouraged to propose their own projects.

Student Clubs: Choir, Cooking, Literary Society, PROUD (People Respecting Our Unique Differences), Science, Super Chinese, Music, Improv, Gardening, Film, Robotics

Extracurricular Programs:
Drama: Iowa High School Speech Competition
Destination Imagination: International Creative Problem Solving competition

Marking System: The 4.0 grading system is used for all courses. Academic counselors monitor the academic progress of each student and meet with the faculty to design academic support when needed.

English Language Learning (ELL): The ELL program meets daily for one class period in which students take individualized English Language learning courses that are structured to meet their language needs. Students work at their skill level in reading, writing, speaking and listening. In addition, students take ELL leveled academic courses as needed in American History, American Government, Math, Science, and Literature. ELL course grades reflect that the content has been modified to suit their language levels.

Graduation Requirements include: English 4 years, History/Social Science 3 years, Mathematics 4 years, Science 4 years, Science of Creative Intelligence 4 years, Physical Education/Sport 4 years, Spanish Language 2 years, Computer Science 1 unit, Art 1 unit, Performing Arts 2 units, Electives Projects 8 units, 10 hours of community service per year

Honors Courses: The Honors program provides students with an opportunity to experience greater depth of study and cultivate a deeper level of thinking. Honors courses are offered in each core subject (Science, Math, History and English). Students pursuing an Honors track are required to demonstrate scholarly initiative, problem-solving skills and the ability to delve into the fine details of their chosen topic. With an emphasis on depth of understanding, students gain critical and creative thinking skills that set them apart from their peers.

College Placement: Over 95% of graduates are admitted to top colleges and universities. Recent graduates have been accepted to Brown University, Colgate University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Tisch School of the Arts

Accreditation and Memberships: Maharishi School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). The Iowa Department of Education has granted college preparatory special accreditation to the middle and upper schools in recognition of the high percentage of graduates accepted at four year colleges and universities. The school is a member of the National Association of Independent School and the Small Boarding Schools Association. 


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