Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Dr. Richard Beall, Head of Maharishi School,

Answers Questions from Prospective Students:

Q: I've noticed that Maharishi School offers Honors courses instead of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Aren’t AP credits important for getting into a good college?
Q: Why does Maharishi School offer Honors courses instead of AP courses?
Q: I want to go to an Ivy League school after I graduate. How will attending Maharishi School help me get into the college of my choice?
Q: How many Chinese students are enrolled at Maharishi School?
Q: How many other international students are enrolled at Maharishi School?
Q: Why do you have separate classes for boys and girls?
Q: What will be my daily schedule?

Q: Why does the Maharishi School cafeteria serve vegetarian lunches? Do I have to be a vegetarian to go to the school?

Q: On your website it says “inner development and outer success.” What does this mean?
Q: I know that Maharishi School offers the Transcendental Meditation technique and yoga asanas before and after classes, but is there anything special about what students learn in the classroom
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Q: How does Maharishi School’s unique curriculum cultivate student creativity?
Q: What is Fairfield, Iowa like?
Q: What kind of facilities does Maharishi School have?

Q: I've noticed that Maharishi School offers Honors courses instead of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Aren't AP credits important for getting into a good college?

A. University admissions officers look to see if students have taken the most challenging level of coursework available to them. This may include Advanced Placement (AP) courses, Honors courses, or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at any given school.

For example, Ivy League school Cornell University states: “What we're going to look for is AP, Honors courses, IB programs. . .We'll look at what the student has accomplished with respect to what has been offered to him.

Q: Why does Maharishi School offer Honors courses instead of AP courses?

A: We decided on an Honors program so that our students can go into more depth of study, rather than simply covering more details and breadth. We offer our students Honors courses in each core subject (Science, Math, History, and English).

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Q: I want to go to an Ivy League school after I graduate. How will attending Maharishi School help me get into the college of my choice?

A. Ivy League schools look for high test scores and awards, which Maharishi School students have achieved over an impressive 30-year history. However, their admissions officers also look to see what unique traits set a student apart from his or her peers.

For example, Harvard seeks students who can “bring perspectives formed by unusual personal circumstances or experiences.” A history of self-development through the Transcendental Meditation® program and the name “Maharishi School” stand out as unique on a college application.

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Q: How many Chinese students are enrolled at Maharishi School?

A: We currently have 20+ Chinese students in our secondary school.

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Q: How many other international students are enrolled at Maharishi School?

Some International Students including Boarding School Students

A: Out of 200 students at Maharishi School, more than 35 countries are represented. Our students come from all over the world, including Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, England, Germany, Holland, India, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Trinidad, and more.

 

Q: Why do you have separate classes for boys and girls?

A: At Maharishi School, we strive to provide each student with the best possible foundation for academic success. Research has shown that students in gender separate classes (especially girls) have higher self-esteem, higher academic performance, and higher career expectations. Because of this, we offer our students single-gender classes.

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Q: What will be my daily schedule?

A: Students arrive at school at 8:30am for their morning program of yoga asanas followed by the Transcendental Meditation technique. From 9:15 to 9:26 they enjoy a breakfast or snack break. Classes start at 9:26. Students have 45 minutes for lunch beginning at 11:45 am. Afternoon classes end at 3:19 pm, followed by yoga and meditation again. Students have P.E. or Sports following their mediation.

Students have seven 40-minute classes each day. However, each class has a double period once per week. Homework at night averages 1.5 to 2 hours for upper school students.

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Q: Why does the Maharishi School cafeteria serve vegetarian lunches? Do I have to be a vegetarian to go to the school?

A: Maharishi School’s cafeteria serves an all-organic vegetarian lunch to provide maximal health benefits to the students; research has shown that people who eat a vegetarian diet enjoy lower rates of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and many other ailments.

That said, many of our students enjoy eating meat, and are free to bring meat in a packed lunch to eat in the cafeteria. They can also go home for a homemade meal or eat at local restaurants and enjoy meat entrees.

To find out more, check out our food and nutrition page.

Q: On your website it says “inner development and outer success.” What does this mean?

A. Every school has classes to fill the students’ brains with information. However, no other school in the world has the range of programs Maharishi School offers to expand the brain’s capacity to learn—not just fill it. This includes yoga and the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program.

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Q: I know that Maharishi School offers the Transcendental Meditation technique and yoga asanas before and after classes, but is there anything special about what students learn in the classroom?

A. Yes. In most schools, each subject of study remains separate from the others. However, at Maharishi School we identify deeper principles at the underlying basis of each subject that connect them all.

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Q: How does Maharishi School’s unique curriculum cultivate student creativity?

Destination Imagination at Maharishi School

A. Research has shown that Transcendental Meditation increases intelligence and creativity. Maharishi School provides students with the opportunity to develop their intelligence and creativity through TM and then gives them the chance to put both of these vital qualities into practice.

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Q: What is Fairfield, Iowa like?

A. While the city of Fairfield is small enough to provide children with a safe and supportive environment, it also offers many cosmopolitan features. For example, there are more restaurants per capita in Fairfield than in San Francisco, and each week the city stages many visual and performing arts activities.

Fairfield is also a favorite location for outstanding leaders and famous celebrities who are attracted to its special environment.

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Q: What kind of facilities does Maharishi School have?

A. Three majestic brick buildings form our main classroom complex, which overlooks a courtyard complete with an orchard, rose garden, and 4,100 sq. ft. organic greenhouse.

Our athletic facilities include a soccer field; play fields; a beautiful gymnasium for our basketball and volleyball competition; 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.

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