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 #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.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1972

Student Body

Total Students165 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 14%
Students by Grade Maharishi School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses8 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Calculus A-B, AP Calculus B-C, AP Physics, AP US History, AP US Literature and Composition, AP World Literature and Composition
Average SAT score1202
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(pleated skirts, khaki or blue pants, white shirts, golf shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,500
Tuition Notes See school website for tuition information:
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$15,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorSpringli Johnson


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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, 43 achieved 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.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
My daughter really loves her school. I, however, have experienced issues. I have a mental illness and I am not treated nicely. I have been kicked off the property indefinitely. Michelle Swenson squeezed my arms and tried to push me out of the school when I tried to drop off my daughter's things. She lied to the police to make me look like the bully or criminal. My daughter has told me in February that her arms have been squeezed as well she didn't say Who. Last year I have kicked off the property when my ex was in contempt of court and I tried to retrieve my daughter. I was kicked off for saying I was raped in front of the old director. There were no children in sight or earshot. We were outside. I have not had 50/50 custody since that day and now I have no custody....Sweep it under the rug...... they have never asked for my side if the story or truth about her father and me. She will not be criminally dealt with but God /Spiritually that's another story. From a heartbroken, innocent, abused Mother.
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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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