Maharishi School

Maharishi School Photo #1 - Maharishi School is a global community with students and families representing more than 30 countries. Our school community is deeply enriched by students of diverse origin who come together to create global awareness and a vibrant school culture with rich traditions.
Maharishi School Photo #1 - Maharishi School is a global community with students and families representing more than 30 countries. Our school community is deeply enriched by students of diverse origin who come together to create global awareness and a vibrant school culture with rich traditions.
Maharishi School Photo #2 - Every day students are given 70 minutes to work on a passion project. They problem-solve, experiment, falter and keep striving. Maharishi School has offered over 50 projects in recent years. Each project is either designed by a teacher or proposed by the student at the conception stage and addresses an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
Maharishi School Photo #3 - To transcend, by definition, means to go beyond human limitations and to break boundaries. At Maharishi School, we teach you a technique to break internal boundaries, to sink deep into yourself and to tap into your essence.Students start and end their academic day with yoga and the practice of Transcendental Meditation. It's an effortless way to manage stress!
Maharishi School Photo #4 - Our boarding programs welcomes 9th-12th graders. Living at Maharishi School, whether in the dorms or with host families, creates lifetime bonds. Because we believe that the world is our family, we take seriously our role as their extended family in the United States. Maharishi School is more than just academia or a place to sleep, it's a community.
Maharishi School Photo #5 - Maharishi School offers competitive and non-competitive sports for students of all different levels of physical ability to stay active and begin their journey of a lifetime of physical activity. We believe fitness is crucial for having a well-balanced, integrated life. Our recreation center offers a variety of fitness options: weightlifting, badminton, pickleball, intramural basketball, intramural soccer, gymnastics, indoor track, and tennis. And if you prefer, we can arrange for in-town options such as swimming or cross-fit.
Maharishi School Photo #6 - Three brick buildings form the main classroom complex of Maharishi School which overlook a central garden and 4100 square foot organic greenhouse. The school has two libraries, three computer labs, three art rooms, a fully equipped digital and conventional photography lab, two music rooms, and a spacious auditorium. Athletic facilities include a Basketball gym, outdoor tennis courts, & Recreation Center.
Maharishi School Photo #7 - School motto is "Know Yourself. Think Deeply. Unleash Your Creativity. Succeed." Students focus on staying happy and rested while participating in rigorous sports, competitions, and strong college preparatory curriculum.
Maharishi School, located in Fairfield, Iowa, offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum accompanied by programs to develop a student's consciousness.
The mission of Maharishi School is to create an innovative Consciousness-Based educational environment where students think deeply and become creative, compassionate, contributing citizens of the world.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked IA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 173 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,500
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Maharishi School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Iowa for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
173 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade
Maharishi School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
8 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Calculus A-B, AP Calculus B-C, AP Physics, AP US History, AP US Literature and Composition, AP World Literature and Composition
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
pleated skirts, khaki or blue pants, white shirts, golf shirts

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
See school website for tuition information:
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Springli Johnson


Total Sports Offered
7 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Boy Scouts, Destination ImagiNation, Environmental Club, Girl Scouts, Interact Club (Rotary International), International Club, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Improv Comedy Club, Speech Club

School Notes

  • Maharishi School is known worldwide as the preeminent private school that prepares students for college and systematically expands their consciousness. All students start and end the academic day with yoga and meditation.
  • Boarding School: 9th through 12th grade. Day program for Preschool through 12th grade.
  • The Transcendental Meditation program is a simple, natural, effortless technique practiced worldwide by people of all religions and cultures. It provides a deep level of rest while the mind remains alert, and the brain becomes more orderly and coherent. The benefits for students include reduction of stress and anxiety, increased intelligence, and enhanced creativity.
  • 96% of graduates are admitted to respected colleges and universities, including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins.
  • Accredited by Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). The Iowa Department of Education has accredited grades K-6 and has awarded grades 7-12 college preparatory status in recognition of the high percentage of graduates accepted at four-year colleges and universities.
  • Classes consistently score in the top percentile on national standardized tests.
  • National Merit Scholars: Out of 690 Maharishi School graduates, 33 students achieved Commended Scholar status, 44 students achieved National Merit Semifinalist status, 43achieved Finalist status, and 19 achieved Scholar status.
  • Nature Explore Classroom (playground) for preschool through 2nd grade certified by the Arbor Day Foundation provides hands-on nature experience
  • Sustainable living component with on-site greenhouse and special seed-to-table kitchen. Only organic food is served in the dining hall, complete with a salad bar.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Heather Hartnett - CEO, Founding Partner: Human Ventures
    • Ari Berman - Author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America and Herding Donkeys. Writer for The Nation magazine
    • Jennie Rothenberg Gritz - Senior Editor of Smithsonian Magazine
    • Wells Butler - co-founder of Ice Cream Castles (children's contemporary clothing)
    • Jonathan Jarvis - Co-Founder & CEO at Token
    • Zachary Sluser - director/filmmaker of short films and music videos featured worldwide
    • Jonathan Sherr - actor; star of My Darling is a Foreigner, Love in Tokyo, and the web series English Teachers.
    • Heather Chase - author; founder of Models with Conscience, an international group promoting cruelty-free, eco-conscious causes
    • Geoff Boothby - award-winning director/filmmaker (Wormtooth Nation 2008)
    • Cullen Thomas - award-winning film editor and lighting designer (Wormtooth Nation, 2008)
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Maharishi School cost?
Maharishi School's tuition is approximately $19,500 for private students and $1,500 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Maharishi School?
The acceptance rate of Maharishi School is 70%, which is lower than the national average of 94%. Maharishi School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Iowa with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from Maharishi School?
Maharishi School famous alumni include: Heather Hartnett, Ari Berman, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Wells Butler, Jonathan Jarvis, Zachary Sluser, Jonathan Sherr, Heather Chase, Geoff Boothby and Cullen Thomas.
What sports does Maharishi School offer?
Maharishi School offers 7 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Maharishi School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Maharishi School?
The application deadline for Maharishi School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Calendar

View the Maharishi School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

First Day of School
August 21, 2024 (Wednesday)
Q1 Last Day
October 22, 2024 (Tuesday)
No School, Thanksgiving Break
November 27, 2024 (Wednesday)
Q3 Last Day
March 21, 2025 (Friday)
No School, Spring Break
March 24, 2025 (Monday)

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
All of my children are enrolled at the Maharishi School. We moved from the East Coast in search of a school that would instill more than just an education in our kids. We have seen remarkable growth and they are happy here. We love the caring administration and teachers in the lower, middle, and upper school. Highly recommend!
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Maharishi School gave me more than an education, it gave me tools to help live a balanced life, and a community of people who I still interact with 15 years after graduating. The consciousness-based education approach exposed me to information and tools (meditation, yoga, values, ways of looking at the world) that I regularly turn to and I feel helps me make sense of the world, enjoy life, and reach my goals. The network and community have played pivotal roles in my life from lifelong friendships to career advancement. The mentors and teachers at the school are incredible. They care about each individual student and look for ways to support their individual interest, be that theater arts, visual arts, math, student government, unique student lead initiatives (End School Violence Now), cultural exchanges, sports, etc.
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I went to Maharishi school from K-12th grade and it helped me become the adult I am today. It provided meditation every day, small classes, caring teachers and a class filled with friends. Maharishi School encouraged my creative thinking and passions.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked IA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 173 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,500
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Iowa is $5,810 for elementary schools and $10,792 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Iowa is 94% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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