Maharishi School

5.00 (2 reviews)
804 Dr Robert K Wallace Drive
Fairfield, IA 52556
Maharishi School Photo #1 - 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.
Maharishi School Photo #1 - 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.
Maharishi School Photo #2 - Our Pioneer tennis program is renowned in Iowa for 20 State Championshipssingles (9), doubles (6) and team tennis (5). Maharishi School is the only Iowa high school to win three Triple Crowns (1999, 2000, 2014) winning State Singles, Doubles, and Team titles in the same year. Other sports offered include intramural soccer, golf, intramural basketball, track and volleyball.
Maharishi School Photo #3 - 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.
Maharishi School Photo #4 - 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.
Maharishi School Photo #5 - Maharishi School has an on-campus dormitory to host up to 27 students. The dorm features amenities such as a common media room where boarders can watch movies or sports on the big screen TV, board games and ping-pong tables, dedicated study hours where students can work productively and quietly.
Maharishi School Photo #6 - 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
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 and competitions and strong college preparatory curriculum.
Maharishi School Photo #8 - 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 #9 - Project-based learning allows our students to follow their passion and succeed. Learn more about our cool projects:
Maharishi School, located in Fairfield, Iowa, has the mission of preparing students for college and developing their consciousness.
Maharishi School provides a Preschool-12th grade day and boarding option for 8th-12th grades, to 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.
Students start and end their day with meditation (Transcendental Meditation) and yoga.

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  • Class of 2004
    5 Stars  
    Iowa State University
    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. . .

  • Class of 2004
    5 Stars  
    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
 | 2021 School Data
Maharishi SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19721907
Campus Size262 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment184 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1290* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khaki or blue pants, white shirt, or plaid skirt and white blouse)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio5:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1418
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$1,500
(2-week boarding camp: $1200)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Covers tuition, room, board and books)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$44,000$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$12,000
(Domestic students can receive up to $15000 in aid.)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

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

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1418
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language Arts, AP English Literature, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP US Government


# Interscholastic Sports Offered816
SportsBadminton, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations1023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Boy Scouts, Destination Imagination, Environment Club, Interact Club, Robotics Team, Rocketry Team, Student Ambassador Program, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics/Pottery, Speech Club

School Notes

  • Maharishi School's innovative programs expand students' alertness and learning capacity. As a result 100% of our graduates accepted at accredited colleges and universities.
  • Our student body is comprised of students from all over the world, including China, India, Vietnam, Korea, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and Switzerland. Boarding students live in our on-campus dorm.
  • 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.
  • AP/Honors Courses: We offer 8 AP courses. The Honors program provides students with an opportunity to experience greater depth of study and cultivate a deeper level of thinking. Honors courses can be offered upon request 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 a 70-minute project period 3 days a week.  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, music production, film production, and food blog. Students are also encouraged to propose their own projects.
  • 100% of graduates are admitted to accredited colleges and universities, including Princeton, Grinnell, University of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Art and Design, and Georgetown.
  • 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.
  • 18 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.
  • Maharishi School accreditations: Small Boarding School Association; Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
  • 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)

Profile last updated: 07/21/2021

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