Maharishi School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: 6414729400
804 Dr Robert K Wallace Drive
Fairfield, IA 52556
Three majestic 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, & RecCenter
Three majestic 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, & RecCenter
Maharishi School is a non-sectarian, PS-12, day and boarding school with students from over 30 countries. The School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and programs that expand a student's consciousness. Students start and end each day with yoga and meditation.
In 2014 the Maharishi School Boys Tennis Team won the Historic Triple Crown State Championship, the only Iowa school to win the state championship three times in all 3 Championship categories.  Other sports offered include intramural soccer, golf, intramural basketball, track and volleyball.
Destination Imagination, international competition: In 2017, six teams won at the state level and one team placed 1st at the Global Finals competition against over 1500 teams worldwide. They also won the DaVinci Award for outstanding creativity. In 30-year history: 50 state champions, 6 Global Finals 1st place winners, 29 Top Ten awards, most wins in State 2000-2017.
School motto is  'Know Yourself. Think Deeply. Unleash Your Creativity. Succeed.' Students focus on staying happy and rested while participating in rigorous sports and competitions and strong college preparatory curriculum.
Our students love the Iowa High School Speech Association Competition. Over our 30-year history students won 17 state championships and tied for most wins in the state;  2016: Critic's Choice 1st Place for Musical Theater
Project-based learning allows our students to follow their passion and succeed. Learn more about our cool projects:
With over 30 countries represented at the school, students are able to build lasting friendships that extend throughout their lives and all over the world.
Boarding students live with host families from the school community. Starting in 2018-19, Maharishi School will have an on-campus dormitory to host up to 30 students.
Solar panels help power school as part of our Sustainable Living component. In addition, students participate in a full Seed to Plate program, with a 4100 square foot greenhouse for growing organic vegetables, an edible schoolyard with apple and pear trees and strawberries,  and a full professional kitchen that can accommodate 30 students at a time in Culinary Arts Class.
  • Maharishi School, Fairfield, Iowa, offers a transcendent education - one that surpasses the normal college preparatory school.
  • Maharishi School provides a Preschool-12th grade, day and boarding experience in a safe and healthy environment which develops students' ability to know themselves, think deeply, unleash their creativity, and succeed.
  • Maharishi School is a non-sectarian, co-ed school with students from over 30 countries. The School offers a college preparatory curriculum and programs to expand a student's consciousness.
  • Students start and end their day with the meditation (Transcendental Meditation) and yoga.

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  • Class of 2004
    5 Stars   7/19/2011
    Maharishi University of Management
    I went to a lot of other schools before Maharishi School, and what stood out the most for me at Maharishi School was the emphasis on personal development. Instead of just filling up my brain. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Maharishi SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-126-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-124-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19721910
Campus Size262 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment190 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1805* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1685 - 1925-
Average ACT score27*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki or blue pants, white shirt, tie or plaid skirt and white blouse)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered417
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$42,000$47,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$12,000$22,730
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsSpringli Johnson

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered614
SportsBadminton, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field


Total Extracurricular Organizations1023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Boy Scouts, Destination, Environment Club, Girls Club, Interact Club, International Club, Student Ambassador Program, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Improv Club, Speech Clu

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Maharishi School's innovative programs expand students' alertness and learning capacity. As a result, more than 95% of our graduates accepted at accredited colleges and universities.
  • Our student body is comprised of students from all over the world, including China, India, Nepal, Argentina, Sweden, UAE and Pakistan. Boarding students live with host families associated with the school or in boarding houses.
  • We are located in a thriving town in southeast Iowa. Fairfield was selected by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the top 20 small towns to visit in the United States.
  • All students start and end the day with meditation and yoga. The Transcendental Meditation program is a simple, natural, effortless technique practiced worldwide by people of all religions and cultures. The benefits for students include reduction of stress and anxiety, increased intelligence, and enhanced creativity.
  • 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.
  • Our school's Project-Based Learning allows for more time to pursue passions and build a portfolio by having an 70-minute project period each day.  Students can select pre-designed projects such as: play production, rocketry, application prototyping, earth to table (ceramics and cooking), performing arts, entrepreneurship, sustainable fashion game show production, songwriting and music production, film production, and food blog. Students are also encouraged to propose their own projects.
  • 95% 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 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 one percent on national standardized tests.
  • 17 National Merit Scholars and 34 National Merit Semi-Finalists during our 30 year history.
  • Day program preschool through 12th grade. Boarding option 9th through 12th grade.
  • Board with host families or on-campus dorm starting in 2018-19
  • School accreditations: Small Boarding School Association; Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Wells Butler - creator of celebrity-favorite clothing line
    • Jonathan Jarvis - app designer for Google’s Creative Lab, creator of
    • Jennie Rothenberg Gritz - Senior Editor of Smithsonian Magazine
    • Heather Chase - author; founder of Models with Conscience, an international group promoting cruelty-free, eco-conscious causes
    • Ari Berman - author of Herding Donkeys and political correspondent for The Nation magazine
    • Zachary Sluser - director/filmmaker of short films and music videos featured worldwide
    • Jonathan Sherr - actor; star of
    • Heather Hartnett - Communications Director, David Lynch Foundation
    • Geoff Boothby - award-winning director/filmmaker (Wormtooth Nation 2008)
    • Cullen Thomas - award-winning film editor and lighting designer (Wormtooth Nation, 2008)
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