Maharishi School is famous around the world for its achievements in academics, the arts, creative problem solving, sports and student quality of life. These successes are the result of Consciousness - Based Education, which is education for enlightenment. Through the development of the total potential of the brain physiology, students enjoy success in all areas of life.

Summary of Achievements


  • Twenty-two, students have been recognized as National Merit Scholar Finalists.
  • Maharishi School students have won 90 state, national, and international championships in the last decade.

    Science and Mathematics

  • Grand Champion, Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair, Junior Division: 2002 (2), 2001, 2000 (2), and 1997-1999.
  • First Place, Senior Division awards at either the Hawkeye State Fair or the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair: 2002, 2000, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, and 1986.
  • First Place, Individual in Iowa in 1996 and 1998 at the American Junior High School Mathematics Exam, taken by students in 3,449 schools in 25 countries.
  • First Place, American High School Math Exam, Iowa Class 2-A: 1999, 1998, 1997, and Class 1-A, 1996
  • First Place, State Math Counts Competition, 2003
  • First Place, Iowa Individual Academic Decathlon 2001, and Second Place in 2002.
  • Drama, Art, and Humanities

  • Winner of the "Sweepstakes Trophy," 2003 and 1998 Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Large Group Festival. This trophy is awarded to the school with the highest number of performances judged to be outstanding. In the past decade Maharishi School has won more Critics Choice awards than any other school in the state for Choral Reading in 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1996, and 1994; for Group Mime in 2003, 2002, 2000, and 1995, for Reader's Theatre in 2002, and for One-Act Play in 1988
  • First Place Iowa Poetry Association's High School Contest: 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, and 1995
  • Winner of Manningham Poetry Trust Award in 2000, a national poetry award.
  • Winner, 1995 State "Young Writer of the Year" award.
  • Winner, 2002 "A World Fit for Children" national student essay contest.
  • Winner, Iowa Congressional High School Art Contest: 2001, 2000, and 1999.
  • First Place, Iowa Educational Media Association (Photography): 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, and 1999.
  • First Place, International Photo Imaging Education Association competition, for color photograph, 2003, 2002.
  • First Place, Iowa State History Fair-Group Media Competition, Senior Division: 1996, 1995, and 1992; First Place Individual, Senior Division: 2000, 1994, and 1992.
  • First Place at the State Spelling Bee in 1996 and 1995.
  • World Champions Destination ImagiNation 2001. State Champions Odyssey of the Mind/Destination ImagiNation 2003, (8 first-place winners), 2002 (4 first-place winners), 2001 (5 first-place winners), 2000 (3 first-place winners), 1999, 1998, 1996 (2 first place winners), 1995, and 1994 (3 first-place winners).


  • For the first time in the 70-year history of Iowa high school tennis, Maharishi School won the celebrated Triple Crown by winning first-place in State Class 1-A titles in singles, doubles and team competitions two years in a row, 1999 and 2000.
  • Winner of a total of 16 state tennis championships since 1991, the boy's team is tied for the most in Iowa history.
  • First Place, State Class -A singles in girl's tennis: 2002.
  • State champions Class 1-A Team golf 1996 and Individual golf 1995. The golf team was featured in Sports Illustrated, December 23, 1996.
  • Winner and new record set in track and field 800-meter race in 2000.
  • Winner, 1999 and 1995 Iowa Junior Chess Championship.


  • The End School Violence Now (ESVN) and Students Creating Peace Network (SCPN) has given presentations on radio stations, participated in Youth Development in the 21st Century sponsored by the 4-H clubs of America, and given presentations to guests of the School.

    The students have given presentations at the St.Louis Enlightened Sentencing Project Graduation. They were invited to represent Southeast Iowa at the Youth Development in the 21st Century Conference at Iowa State University in Ames, and invited to Expo High School in Waterloo, Iowa. They were also invited to the kick-off event for the Season of Non-Violence in Los Angeles where they spoke to educators, parents and the event organizers. While in Los Angeles a presentation was given at a South Los Angeles alternative High School. All the events met with great success.

    The students are working on a student-to-student video, a web site, and other projects to bring 8,000 Yogic Flyers to Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City.



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