Exploring Iowa: Affordable Homes and Educational Opportunities

In the vast landscape of the United States, there are hidden gems that offer not only affordable living but also excellent educational opportunities. Nestled in the heartland is Iowa, a state renowned for its friendly communities, picturesque countryside, and now, surprisingly affordable housing. According to Homebuyer.com, Iowa boasts the lowest median home prices in the country, making it an attractive destination for families looking to settle down without breaking the bank.

Affordable Living in Iowa

The dream of homeownership is within reach for many in Iowa, where the median home price ranks as the lowest in the nation. This affordability opens doors for families seeking to establish roots in a welcoming community without sacrificing their financial stability. Whether you’re eyeing a cozy suburban home or a spacious rural retreat, Iowa offers a diverse range of housing options to suit every lifestyle and budget.

Education Savings Account (ESA) Vouchers: Enhancing Educational Choices

Beyond affordable housing, Iowa presents another compelling reason for families to consider making the move: the Iowa Education Savings Account (ESA) voucher program. Designed to empower parents with greater control over their children’s education, the Iowa ESA provide families with funds to cover tuition and other educational expenses, including private school fees.

For families prioritizing personalized learning experiences or seeking alternative educational approaches, Iowa’s ESA voucher program opens the door to a plethora of options. Private schools, renowned for their specialized curricula, smaller class sizes, and individualized attention, become accessible and affordable through this program.

Why Choose Private Schools in Iowa?

Iowa’s private schools offer more than just academic excellence; they cultivate a nurturing environment that prioritizes the holistic development of each student. With the flexibility afforded by ESA vouchers, families can select a school that aligns with their values, educational philosophy, and their child’s unique needs and interests. From STEM-focused curricula to arts-integrated learning, privatescience fair students schools in Iowa offer specialized programs designed to cater to diverse learning styles and interests.

Embracing a Bright Future in Iowa

As families contemplate their next chapter, Iowa emerges as a compelling destination offering a unique blend of affordability, community, and educational opportunity. With the lowest median home prices in the nation and the flexibility of ESA vouchers, Iowa provides the perfect backdrop for families to thrive and children to flourish.

Whether you’re drawn to the tranquil beauty of rural landscapes or the vibrant energy of urban centers, Iowa welcomes you with open arms and boundless opportunities. Embrace the promise of a brighter future for your family in the heartland, where affordable living and exceptional education converge to create a life worth celebrating.

 

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Holistic Education: Integrating Health and Wellness into the Curriculum

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Students Practicing Transcendental Meditation

Consciousness Based Education is like embarking on a joyful journey of self-discovery, where you cozy up to your innermost being, which leads to enhanced outward success in life as a natural outcome.

At the heart of this educational philosophy lies a simple yet profound idea: by nurturing our inner connection to self, we can unlock boundless potential and achieve outward success in life. And at the forefront of this movement is the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM), a technique embraced by students in our school twice a day, every day.

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Yoga Asanas

But Consciousness-Based Education is more than just meditation sessions. It’s a holistic approach to nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Health and wellness aren’t afterthoughts; they’re woven into the fabric of daily life. Yoga sessions, monthly meditation retreats, and nourishing organic meals in our cafeteria are just a few examples of how we prioritize the well-being of our students.

 

In our high school curriculum, we offer a transformative course called Consciousness, Connections, and Life Skills (CCLS). Here, students embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, exploring the nature of consciousness, honing critical thinking skills, and cultivating a growth mindset that empowers them to overcome challenges with resilience and grit.

Consciousness, Connections, and Life Skills

Our high school students take a course called Consciousness, Connections and Life Skills (CCLS) in which they;

  1. Develop habits of critical thinking about the nature of life and the human experience.
  2. Develop an interdisciplinary framework by exploring principles or “big ideas” expressed across different fields of knowledge.
  3. Foster personal development through the experience and understanding of Transcendental Meditation and consciousness and through the understanding and practice of Social and Emotional Learning strategies and comprehensive health recommendations.
  4. Develop clear and effective expression through writing, discussion, and presentations. 
  5. Understand and practice a growth mindset– challenge ourselves and build grit.
  6. Appreciate that Transcendental Meditation is a lifelong practice that has benefits beyond the school routine.

Our CCLS course, Exploring Knowledge asks, What do I know? How do I know it? How can I become a better knower (learner)? More knowledge supports more fulfillment in life because it gives us more freedom and allows us to fulfill our desires and the needs of society. Because of the self exploration that goes on in our CCLS class, it serves as another way we integrate health and wellness into the curriculum.

Health and Wellness in All Levels

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Seed-to-Table Program

Consciousness-Based Education isn’t just confined to the classroom. It permeates every level of our school, from lower to upper grades. Even our youngest learners are engaged in projects that promote health and wellness, whether it’s raising awareness about nutrition or understanding the principles of holistic living and integrating those into your life at home.

In the fourth grade, students launch a “Save the Cake” campaign, exploring the impact of diet on health and well-being. In the fifth grade, they dive into the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, learning about the three Doshas and how to create meals that harmonize body and mind.

At our school, education isn’t just about grades or test scores; it’s about nurturing the whole person. It’s about empowering students to thrive in a complex and ever-changing world. And through Consciousness-Based Education, we’re equipping them with the tools they need to succeed not just in school, but in life.

 

 

 

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Southeast Iowa Union Article: Five Maharishi School Students Honored for Science Fair Inventions

Article in Newspaper Featuring Our Students

FAIRFIELD – Five students from Maharishi School in Fairfield won awards for projects they completed for the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair.

Two of the students, senior Ishita Mukadam and sophomore Antariksha Sharma, received top honors and will get to present their projects at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles next month.

Head of School Richard Beall said these recent accolades for Maharishi School students are the latest in a long history of science fair excellence dating back four decades. He said Ted Wallace was the school’s first state champion in any event when he won the science fair in 1986.

“Ted went on to internationals, and his brother Gareth followed in his footsteps by being a multiple state champion, and placed pretty high in internationals,” Beall said. “What we’re seeing now is that more students are taking an interest in it. It’s nice to have these five students and know that really consequential research is coming out of this school and from these students, which could really have a lasting impact.”

Beall credited Maharishi School teacher and science fair advisor Asha Sharma with playing a critical role in the success of the science fair team. Sharma said that doing a project for science fair is one of the options available for the school’s project period. During the first week of the class, Sharma gets the students to brainstorm ideas that they could turn into a project. She said three of this year’s students in science fair were continuing and improving upon projects they had started a year or two before.

“We talk about what kind of resources they will need, what materials they will need,” Sharma said. “I’m there to make sure we do things on time, and making sure that they are working in the right direction.”

All five students pursued unique projects based on their interests, and all of them hope to turn their ideas into real-world products after high school. The students are:

science fair winnerJOYCE WANG (Junior)

Joyce Wang looked for a project dealing with the automotive industry, which her father works in. She saw an opportunity to make electric cars more efficient. Just like how braking charges the battery in an electric car, Wang wanted to see if other movements in the car could be used to charge its battery, like through its suspension system.

Wang created a design to show how, through a modified suspension system, it was possible to absorb a car’s bouncy movements and convert them into an electric current fed into the battery. Wang said such a suspension system would increase an electric car’s driving range before it needed to recharge.

At the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair, Wang was named Regional Finalist, and won the EISEF Class 1 Award with an Exceptional Genius Award and an invitation to the Genius Olympiad International High School Project Fair on Environment. She received the Naval Science Award from the Office of Naval Research.

ANTARIKSHA SHARMA (Sophomore)

Antariksha Sharma was looking for a new way to treat illnesses. She contracted typhoid last summer, and got the flu the year before that, so she had to take a lot of antibiotics. But she kept getting sick.

“I wanted to look for an alternative not just for myself but for others who are immuno-compromised or may not have access to antibiotics,” she said.

Sharma got the idea to experiment with natural remedies to treat infections, and discovered the combination of garlic and honey was effective at killing bacteria. She found that pills containing raw garlic and manuka honey could be just as effective at killing bacteria as a synthetic anti-bacterial agent, and that they could be mass produced for a low cost at just 5 cents per pill.

Sharma conducted experiments at Jefferson County Health Center under the supervision of lab manager Jim Schwarz, and conducted three trials at Iowa State University’s microbiology lab in Ames.

“The lab technicians at the hospital were really optimistic with the lab results they were seeing,” Sharma said.

Sharma said this would be a major breakthrough in the industry because bacteria become resistant to anti-bacterial medicines over time, so giving people a new method to treat their sickness “would mean the world to them.”

POOJITA MUKADAM (Sophomore)

Poojita Mukadam wanted to help the estimated 300 million people in the world with some form of colorblindness. Not knowing an object’s color can be a serious problem such as distinguishing between red and green traffic lights.

Mukadam wrote a computer program in the Python programming language where she trained a camera to recognize colors it was seeing and report them. Mukadam said her invention could be used in cars, where the computer could indicate verbally through a speaker that a light was red, yellow or green.

Mukadam said her invention isn’t just useful for people who are colorblind, but could be used by people who are completely blind, who want to know the color of an object, such as the clothes they’re wearing.

Mukadam won the Systems Engineering Meritorious Achievement Award in Systems Engineering and EISEF Senior Physical Science Honorable Mention Medal.

ISHITA MUKADAM (Senior)

Ishita Mukadam has been interested in the medicinal benefits of turmeric for several years. Two years ago, Mukadam created a “turmeric bandage” where turmeric could be inserted into a wound to help it heal. This year, she wanted to take her research a step further my improving on her turmeric bandage. Specifically, she wanted to see if she could create a bandage that would indicate whether a wound was infected.

Mukadam discovered through her trials that the presence of an infection has different pH measurement, which is how acidic or alkaline a substance is. She also found that she could make a substance that would change color based on its pH value. Mukadam was able to create a bandage that changes from yellow to red when pressed against an infected wound.

Mukadam said she hopes to develop this product further, and believes it is both environmentally friendly and materially cost-effective.

KESHAV SINOLIA (Junior)

Keshav Sinolia wanted to find a way to make rockets more efficient. He discovered that one way to do that is to give them movable fins. He said that giving rockets movable fins saves fuel and allows their flight control systems to be cheaper.

Sinolia tested his idea on both model rockets and through computer simulations. He said he’s hopeful he can incorporate his invention on larger rockets in the future.

Sinolia won the Certificate of Achievement in Outstanding Science and Engineering from the United States Air Force and the Award for Outstanding Achievement displaying the use of radio or radio electronics by Cedar Valley Amateur Radio and Collins Amateur Radio Club.

 

 

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Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders: Future Business Leaders of America

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a prominent organization for high school students focused on developing leadership skills and preparing young individuals for careers in business and related fields. The essence of FBLA for high school students lies in several key aspects:

  1. Leadership Development: FBLA provides students with numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills through various activities such as officer positions,future business leaders of america event organization, and community service projects. Students learn to lead effectively, communicate clearly, and collaborate with others.
  2. Professional Development: FBLA offers a range of resources and experiences to help students build a strong foundation for their future careers. This includes workshops, seminars, and conferences where students can learn about business etiquette, networking, and professional development.
  3. Skill Enhancement: FBLA competitions allow students to showcase their skills in areas such as public speaking, business presentations, finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Through these competitions, students can refine their skills, receive feedback from experts, and gain valuable experience that can be applied in college and beyond.
  4. Networking Opportunities: FBLA provides students with the chance to connect with peers who share similar interests and aspirations. By networking with other members, as well as business professionals and alumni, students can expand their social and professional circles, build relationships, and gain insights into potential career paths.
  5. Community Engagement: FBLA encourages students to give back to their communities through service projects and volunteerism. By participating in community outreach initiatives, students develop a sense of social responsibility and civic engagement while also enhancing their leadership and teamwork skills.
  6. Career Exploration: FBLA exposes students to a wide range of career opportunities within the business world. Through workshops, guest speakers, and experiential learning activities, students can explore different industries, professions, and career paths to help them make informed decisions about their future.

The Essence of Values-Based Leadership

At its core, values-based leadership is about aligning one’s actions with a set of core principles and ethical standards.  At Maharishi School our mission and core values reflect values-based leadership.

To create an innovative Consciousness-Based educational environment where students think deeply and become creative, compassionate, contributing citizens of the world.

-Maharishi School Mission

 

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Nine Pioneering Maharishi School students competed in our first Iowa Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference in Cedar Rapids, attended by more than 800 Iowa high school students. Remarkably, in every category of competition, our students finished in the top 10! Here are the catergories and results:
Introduction to Business Concepts        Sohni Singh            1st Place (37 entries)
UX Design                                             Joyce Wang            2nd Place (10 entries)
Business Management                          Keshav Sinolia        3rd Place (31 entries)
                                                               Kyran Walace (two-person team)
Visual Design                                         Artemisia Love         3rd Place (16 entries)
                                                               Joyce Wang
                                                               Uma Wegman (three-person team)
                                                               Ria Altynska-Ross    8th Place
Cyber Security                                       Keshav Sinolia          7th Place (27 entries)
Advertising                                             Artemisia Love          8th Place (54 entries)
Sports & Entertainment Mgmt               Fangda Chen            10th Place (65 entries)
                                                              Ruimin Luo (two-person team)
Personal Finance                                  Sohni Singh               10th Place (59 entries)
All of our students who finished in the top three Places earn an invitation to FBLA National in Orlando, FL, June 29-July 2.
As a 1st Place winner, Sohni Singh’s trip to Nationals will be fully funded by sponsors!

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Inner Development Leads to Outer Success

Guide to Inner Development

The practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) serves as a gateway to inner development, unlocking the dormant potential within each individual and propelling them towardsstudents practice transcendental meditation outer success. By nurturing clarity, resilience, creativity, emotional intelligence, and well-being, TM equips individuals with the tools they need to thrive in every aspect of their lives.

Through TM, individuals embark on a journey of self-discovery that ultimately leads to the fulfillment of their highest aspirations and the realization of their fullest potential. As the ancient adage goes, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

Every single day, students and teachers at Maharishi School close their eyes and practice meditation once in the morning and afternoon, giving them powerful rest as well as expanding their consciousness. Here’s how this inner development translates into tangible outer success:

  1. Enhanced Clarity and Focus: TM cultivates a heightened sense of mental clarity and focus. As the mind becomes less cluttered with stress and distractions, individuals can channel their energy towards their goals with unwavering concentration. This sharpened focus is instrumental in achieving success in any endeavor, whether it be in academics, career, or personal pursuits.
  2. Reduced Stress and Anxiety: In today’s fast-paced world, stress and anxiety are ubiquitous. TM serves as a powerful antidote to these modern afflictions, offering a sanctuary of inner peace and calm amidst life’s storms. By managing stress more effectively, individuals are better equipped to navigate challenges and setbacks, ultimately enhancing their resilience and perseverance on the path to success.
  3. Increased Creativity and Innovation: Inner development through TM unlocks the doors to creativity and innovation. By tapping into the wellspring of creativity that resides within, individuals are empowered to think outside the box, explore novel solutions, and break through barriers to achieve breakthrough success. Whether in business, the arts, or scientific pursuits, creativity is the cornerstone of progress and prosperity.
  4. Heightened Emotional Intelligence: TM fosters emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and manage one’s emotions and empathize with others. This heightened emotional awareness cultivates stronger interpersonal relationships, effective leadership skills, and a harmonious work environment. In the realm of success, emotional intelligence is often the distinguishing factor that sets apart great leaders and achievers.
  5. Improved Health and Well-being: Inner development through TM extends beyond the realms of the mind, positively impacting physical health and overall well-being. Numerous studies have demonstrated the myriad health benefits of regular TM practice, including reduced blood pressure, enhanced immune function, and greater longevity. A healthy body forms the foundation upon which outer success is built.

 

 

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The Power of Choice: Why Opting for College Prep Schools Matters

boarding students college prepSelecting the right educational path for your child is a pivotal decision that shapes their future. In the realm of academic options, college preparatory schools stand out as institutions dedicated to providing a comprehensive and tailored approach to learning. Let’s explore why choosing college prep schools matters and the unique advantages they offer.

Why College Prep?

As the name suggests, college prep schools are designed to prepare students for the demands of higher education. They instill strong study habits, critical thinking skills, and a sense oflower school responsibility that are invaluable as students transition to college life. Beyond academics, college prep schools prioritize the holistic development of students. A well-rounded education includes extracurricular activities, sports, and community service, shaping individuals who are not only academically proficient but also socially adept and culturally aware.

One of the key benefits of college prep schools is the emphasis on smaller class sizes. This fosters a more personalized learning experience, allowing teachers to provide individualized attention, address specific learning needs, and cultivate a supportive academic community.

Global Perspectives

Many college prep schools incorporate a global perspective into their curricula, fostering an understanding of different cultures and preparing students for an interconnected world. Exposure to diverse perspectives enhances students’ adaptability and cultural competence. College prep schools often boast strong alumni networks and connections with reputable colleges and universities. This can open doors for students, providing networking opportunities, internships, and mentorship that contribute to their future success.

Lifelong Learners

Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of a college prep education is instilling a lifelong love for learning. By nurturing curiosity and a thirst for knowledge, students are better prepared not just for college, but for a lifetime of intellectual exploration. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles, fostering qualities such as responsibility, integrity, and resilience.

Choosing a college prep school is an investment in a student’s future, offering a robust foundation for academic success, personal growth, and a seamless transition to higher education. The advantages extend far beyond the classroom, shaping well-rounded individuals ready to tackle the challenges of the ever-evolving world.

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How Small-Town Living Sparks Big Joy

Living in a small town comes with its own set of advantages, life slows down and inner development speeds up! Here are ten reasons why you should move to a small town.

10 Reasons You Should Move to a Small Town

  1. Tight-Knit Community: In smaller towns, people often know each other, creating a strong sense of community. This can lead to closer relationships and a supportive network.
  2. Lower Cost of Living: Generally, smaller towns have a lower cost of living compared to big cities. Housing, groceries, and other essentials might be more affordable.
  3. Less Traffic and Noise: Small towns are usually quieter and less congested than cities. This can lead to a more peaceful and relaxed lifestyle.
  4. Closer to Nature: Small towns often have more green spaces, parks, and access to natural landscapes. The 16-mile loop trail encompasses Fairfield, Iowa and connects many of the area’s parks. If you enjoy the outdoors, this could be a big plus.
  5. Less Stressful Lifestyle: Life in a small town tends to be less hurried, which can reduce stress levels.
  6. Safety and Sustainability: With a smaller population and a close-knit community, there’s often a feeling of greater safety and security. A culture of sustainability — Fairfield has a focus on reducing nonrenewable energy consumption and increasing energy generation.
  7. Opportunities to Get Involved: In smaller communities, there may be more opportunities to get involved in local initiatives, organizations, or events, allowing you to have a more active role in your community.
  8. Stronger Sense of Identity: Small towns often have a unique identity and culture that residents can take pride in and contribute to. Fairfield is an immigration success story. Residents include students who represent over 60 different nationalities and cultures.
  9. Easier Commutes: Getting around a small town typically takes less time, and commuting distances are often shorter, which can save time and stress.
  10. Personalized Services: In smaller towns, businesses may offer more personalized services because they have the time to build relationships with their customers. Fairfield boasts a rich agricultural and industrial heritage, and is home to more than 40 health and wellness businesses.

Of course, whether these benefits apply depends on personal preferences and lifestyle choices, but many people find these aspects attractive about living in smaller communities.

If you’re interested in visiting Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa please contact Springli Johnson, Director of Admissions to schedule a tour.

Call 641-472-9400 ext. 5076 or email sjohnson@maharishischool.org

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Empowering Iowa Families: The Iowa Education Savings Voucher Opens Doors to Private Schools

In a significant stride towards educational inclusivity, Iowa has introduced the Education Savings Voucher program, providing qualifying families with the opportunity to access private schooling for theiriowa national honors children.

Benefits for Qualifying Families:

  1. Increased Choice and Customization: Families that meet the eligibility criteria now have the freedom to choose a private school that aligns with their values, educational philosophies, and the specific needs of their children. This increased choice fosters a more personalized approach to education, catering to diverse learning styles and preferences.
  2. Enhanced Educational Opportunities: Private schools often offer unique programs, specialized curricula, and smaller class sizes, providing students with an enriched and personalized learning experience. The Education Savings Voucher enables families to access these opportunities that may not be available in traditional public schools.
  3. Individualized Support: Private schools are renowned for their ability to provide individualized attention and support to students. With the voucher program, qualifying families can ensure that their children receive the attention they need to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.
  4. Community Engagement: Private schools often foster tight-knit communities where parents, teachers, and students collaborate closely. The voucher program encourages active participation from parents in their child’s education, creating a supportive environment that extends beyond the classroom.

preschoolThe Iowa Education Savings Voucher is a commendable step towards democratizing education, providing families with the financial means to choose the educational path that best suits their children. This initiative not only enhances access to quality education but also contributes to a more diverse and competitive educational landscape. As Iowa continues to prioritize the educational well-being of its students, the ripple effects of this program are bound to shape a brighter future for generations to come.

To learn more about the Iowa Education Savings Voucher please go to https://educate.iowa.gov/pk-12/educational-choice/education-savings-account

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Future Business Leaders of America & Maharishi School

What is the FBLA and why is it important for our students?

Future Business Leaders of America, Inc. (FBLA) is the largest business Career and Technical Student Organization in the world. Each year, FBLA helps overfuture leaders 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. Their mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.
Maharishi School has always had students who were interested in business and finance, but it seems recently that more have expressed the desire for programs to support passions in that arena. We were fortunate to make a connection with Diane Goudy at just this time, who shared her expertise and vast experience with the future business leaders of America organization. We are excited to apply that framework With its many options for specific interests.
-Head of School, Dr. Richard Beall

The purpose of FBLA High School is to provide, as an integral part of the instructional program, additional opportunities for secondary students in business
and/or business-related fields to develop vocational and career supportive competencies and to promote civic and personal responsibilities.

Goals of the FBLA High School Division are to:

• develop competent, aggressive business leadership;
• strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work;
• create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise;
• encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute
to the improvement of home, business, and community;
• develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism;
• encourage and practice efficient money management;
• encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty;
• assist students in the establishment of occupational goals; and
• facilitate the transition from school to work.

Through its diverse opportunities for learning, networking, and hands-on experiences, the league not only empowers students with practical knowledge but also nurtures their entrepreneurial spirit. The Future Business League of America stands as a pivotal initiative for high school students at Maharishi School, offering them a unique platform to cultivate essential skills, foster innovative thinking, and build a foundation for future success in the dynamic world of business.

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Top 10 Achievements for 1st Semester 2023-2024

Niche 2024 Rankings for Maharishi School

As the #1 ranked school in Iowa five years in a row, your continued support has given students access to the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education. Their achievements never cease to make us so proud. Whether it’s innovations in robotics, advancements in our boarding program, or noteworthy achievements in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, this blog provides an overview of the most significant accomplishments that have left a lasting impact in 2023-2024.

#1 Best High School for STEM in Iowa—Top 5% Best High School for STEM Nationallyachievement
#1 Best Private K-12 School in Iowa—Top 2% Private K-12 Schools Nationally
#1 Best Private High School in Iowa—Top 2% Private High Schools Nationally
#1 Best Boarding School in Iowa—Top 16% Best Boarding School Nationally

Top 10 Achievements

1. Educational Savings Account (Voucher)

The finances of our families and our school both got a boost with the passage of ESA’s (vouchers) in Iowa. Qualified families receive $7,600 per child for private school tuition. This is vital to the sustainability of the school’s goal to become self-sufficient.

2. International Recruitinginternational boarding achievements

Our multicultural school is continually enriched by the presence of our international boarding students from China, India, Russia, Korea, and Vietnam. We will need to expand our dormitory facilities next year to meet the demand. We are eager to fill our dorm to capacity for 2024-2025!

3. Student Support

In an age when stories abound about students struggling with mental health, stress and anxiety, Maharishi School community enfolds students in an embrace of love and care, alongside teaching strategies that nurture social emotional learning alongside academics, and in-house professional counseling services for students who need them. Most importantly, twice a day students of all ages unplug from stress, through their Transcendental Meditation program.

4. Preschool

New this year to Maharishi Preschool is Eniko Reeder, founder and former director of Singing Cedars School. In her own words, which embraces ourpreschool achievements preschool’s philosophy: There is plenty of time to be an adult, but we only get one childhood. We must preserve and protect childhood and bring self-directed play back to center. Through play, the young child is building the foundation of their human experience. It’s where they learn about themselves and their relationship with the world. If children feel respected, they will grow to be respectful, and for that we need to provide a place where they feel free to be themselves and experience that the world is safe and good.

5. Lower School

This year, we renewed our emphasis on reading and writing with great results. Katherine Walmsley, Writing Teacher Extraordinaire, says students in first grade are mastering literacy at a rate that is months ahead of the norm. Reading specialist Diane Aitchison and Lynn Shirai round out the support team, working individually with almost 20 students to facilitate and enrich reading levels across all grades.

6. Middle School

The grade 6 students read the book Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. It is the story of a neighborhood that comes together through community gardening. Their teacher Melissa Jones, heads our seed-to-table program—and the next step will be the students creating a community garden of their own!

7. Upper School Robotics Teamrobotics team achievement

Students began the process of competition by creating a 15-page Engineering Portfolio which illustrates the building, programming, fundraising, and outreach aspects of developing their robot.
At Regionals, Coaches Jeremy Jones and Pradeep Aikar advised students to stay calm, composed, and enjoy the process! During the match, the robot picks up 3-inch pixels that are hexagonal prisms and places them on the board. The robot can score points in many ways, and our robot was built to score in every possible way, going over 100 points in every game. We started at 17 on the ranking scale and moved up 5 in the tournament, becoming the highest performing team of the day, and advancing to the State level!
Click here to read a blog with more details about this huge success for our Pioneer Robotics Team!

8. Rocketry

Our rocketry team is one of the top in the USA!
Finishing 17th at the American Rocketry Challenge Nationals, qualified our team for the NASA Student Launch program, one of less than 20 schools in the US working directly with NASA engineers.

9. South Africa Connection

Part of our school’s mission is to share Consciousness-Based Education with the world, like the weekly workshop we conduct with CBE schools in South Africa. We are as enriched as our colleagues by the stimulating interactions and shared experiences.

10. Donor Support

Maharishi School is deeply grateful for the support shown during our December “Season of Giving” campaign. Our Development Team together with your help, raised $27,926 through Giving Tuesday and Matching Funds.

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