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Why We Use Consciousness-Based Education

Why We Use Consciousness-Based Education

Imagine your day starting with time to clear your mind, focus, and calm your body. Imagine you get to start every day finding strength, peace, and understanding within. Imagine being given this tool as a child so that you are able to use it throughout life to manage stress, persevere, and succeed regardless of the situation.

Doesn’t that sound fantastic and useful?

This is the opportunity we provide our students through Transcendental Meditation, which is at the center of our Consciousness-based education. Every single day, students and teachers at Maharishi School close their eyes for a few minutes to practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique and experience a state of rest that is deeper than sleep.

When your body is rested, powerful chain reactions are set forth. Blood pressure normalizes. Heart rates slow down. The brain gets more oxygen. Big problems become small problems and stress becomes manageable.

A Rainy Night Meets the Transcendental Meditation® technique

Imagine driving through a rainy, stormy night without your headlights working. The road is dark and you have to drive with fear, small mistakes almost guaranteed to happen. That’s what our brains and bodies are like when we’re stressed.

Getting adequate sleep is like having functional headlights. This is the absolute, bare minimum. You can see what is ahead and the stress lessens, but that drive down a dark road remains challenging. However, practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique does more – it quiets the stormy mind, removing the rain so we can see and think clearly.

At Maharishi School, we believe reducing stress and improving brain function is absolutely imperative. Kids have so much on their plate, so many external pressures, and so much to balance. We believe it is essential to provide our students with the tools to address these stresses. As adults, it is understood that stress does not disappear, but we rise to function properly under that stress. Consciousness-based education revolves around that belief. We don’t just fill students heads with information, we systematically expand the container of knowledge, the student’s own consciousness. With this expansion, absorbing new ideas becomes simpler, friendships deepen, and you start to understand how you are connected to and interconnected with the world.

We call this Consciousness-Based education. Because expanding consciousness is a game changer.

To read more about our system of learning, click here.

To see how the Transcendental Meditation technique and our system of education helped prepare our alumni for success, check out our alumni profiles here.

Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Why We Choose Organic Food

Why We Choose Organic Food

Maharishi School is committed to offering its students the healthiest meal choices possible. To maximize learning and provide the greatest nutritional value, Maharishi School encourages students to eat a healthy, organic diet.

We want to physically provide the nourishment each child needs to thrive. As part of our health education about the Eastern modality of health, Ayurveda, we build our lunches to encourage healthy digestion. Ayurveda promotes the benefits of healthy, balanced, and properly cooked food.

Our Cafeteria

For those who prefer to eat in our cafeteria, we serve a delicious and wholesome organic vegetarian lunch. Protein is provided by a variety of legumes, tofu, nuts, and dairy products. The daily lunch also offers whole grains, a variety of salads and vegetables, fresh fruit, and delicious desserts. Most of the vegetables are grown in our own campus greenhouses or locally grown in Fairfield.

organic foodsThere are many reasons we choose organic food. According to the Huffington Post, “fewer toxins will go straight into their bodies,” when kids eat organic food. Not only that, but fewer toxins go into our environment, which provides a safer, more sustainable future for our kids.

We are sensitive to the different dietary needs of students so we allow students to bring a packed lunch and eat in the cafeteria. That way, they are able to select what food sounds good to them or meets their specific dietary needs. However, we work hard to make sure our lunches, provided by the school, are well balanced with consideration to food allergies and sensitivities.

Outside Our Cafeteria

In addition to the food we serve on campus, students may go home at lunchtime and eat with their families or host families or they may choose from a wide variety of restaurants in the city of Fairfield. We want to give students to nourish themselves in a way that works for them.

For students who dine out, the downtown area of Fairfield is only a short walk, bike ride or drive from the school. Over 35 restaurants offer a great variety of meals including Asian, American, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine, which include meat entrees. Fairfield has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, California!

To read more about our health initiatives including yoga practice, meditation, and a balanced lifestyle, click here.

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Performing and Visual Arts

Performing and Visual Arts

Maharishi School offers a wide range of activities to teach, inspire, and provide students with useful life-tools. Among the most important of these are the Performing and Visual Arts. Always, we are encouraging students to…

Performing and Visual ArtsKnow Yourself

Think Deeply

Unleash Your Creativity

Succeed

Performing Arts

The performing arts shine in Maharishi School’s project period. Project choices rotate from play productions, video creations, musical theater, music and recording arts, and the Iowa High School Speech Association competitions (IHSSA).

The IHSSA Large Group Competition and Individual Competition are state-wide dramatic competitions involving schools from all over Iowa. It is a three-level competition beginning with District competitions and then State competition. Teams or individuals are selected from the State level performances to either perform or be recognized at the All-State competition. If a school is selected to perform then that team has the chance to compete for the Critics’ Choice award.

Maharishi School has been competing in the IHSSA Large Group Competition since 1988 and has received Critic’s Choice awards 18 times in the areas of Musical Theater (1), One Act Play(1), Choral Reading(6), Group Mime(6), Solo Mime(2), Reader’s Theater(1) and Radio Broadcasting(1). We have also had teams perform at All-State in the categories of Ensemble Acting and TV News and received the sweepstakes trophy for the most entries honored at All-State in 1998 and again in 2003.

All 9th-grade students take a performing arts class and then have the option of continuing to compete in the IHSSA Large Group or Individual competition. All Upper School students may participate in IHSSA competitions by selecting it as their project period in the 2nd and 3rd quarter of each year.

Visual Arts

In the study of art at Maharishi School, students gain a working understanding of the principles of art and design and become familiar with analyzing and understanding artworks. Students are encouraged to develop personal reactions and ideas. This helps to nourish the students’ awareness through self-referral and reflection; they become more visually aware, flexible, and open to the arts.

“The purpose of art is to elevate the viewer, to raise his level of consciousness. The artist while creating, dives deep within, contacts the field of pure Creative Intelligence, and rises to express creativity. The viewer experiences the artist’s work of art from the outside and through the work of art, dives deep within himself. The work of art does not sit permanently or statically. The consciousness that the art reflects and contains bounces into the viewer and enlivens his being. Successful art keeps enlivening infinity in the people who enjoy it, and continues to resonate infinity in itself generation after generation.” — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Maharishi School students are encouraged to follow their passions and utilize the 70-minute project period for developing their talents. Students have pursued watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting, Japanese woodworking, textile art, photography, ceramics, and architectural design.

To learn more about our academics or to contact a member of our admissions staff, click here.

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

The Halls of Maharishi School

The halls of Maharishi School are vibrant, energetic, and teeming with positivity. Daily, both teachers and students alike walk by many different displays of inspiration and artwork. However, each of these displays serves a purpose.

Forbes Powerful WomenInspiration and Artwork

At Maharishi School, we want to encourage students to draw from whatever inspires them. Life requires innovation and creativity. We want to foster those skills in each and every student. However, each student is an individual. What inspires one student won’t inspire the next. With that in mind, we want to display a wide array of visual inspirations. If you were to walk through the halls of Maharishi School, you would see various displays on our walls. Some of these displays include Forbes Power Women, African American Musicians, Powerful Women in History, The Trevor Project posters, and our own students’ artwork.

At Maharishi School, we also use the creativity of our current and former students to spur on our climate of innovation. This is evidenced in our Project-Based Learning curriculum and our extracurricular activities. One activity we are very proud of is our Destination Imagination program.

Destination ImagiNation

Maharishi School won 1st Place at Destination ImagiNation Global Finals in creative problem-solving. Alista Wikle, Philip Winer, Loreena Hansen, Drew Schoenfeld, and Caleb Mullenneaux won the first place at the international level of the Destination Imagination competition, as well as the Da Vinci Award for outstanding creativity. Watch their performance here!

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is the world’s largest creativity and problem-solving competition and inspires participants in its programs to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions to solve the mind-bending challenges. The students must come up with solutions to the challenges on their own, without adult interference.

To learn more about our academics or to contact a member of our admissions staff, click here.

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Parent Experiences

Parent Experiences

Meet Our Students

Maharishi School students are as diverse a group of students as you’ll ever meet, but they’re all alike in one important way—the assertion of their unique personalities.  When conformity isn’t socially mandated, when self-expression and love are encouraged, when opportunities are afforded to learn about, expand, and share what makes them shine, that’s when you see kids who are able to grow towards and fulfill their highest potential.

Our students came to Maharishi School on a lot of different paths. They are treated and taught as individuals. Each student and their family is unique. Instead of trying to tell their stories, we want them to tell their stories. The following are testimonials from parents of students who attend Maharishi School.

Parent Testimonials

Paul

Living in Atlanta, we came to visit Fairfield and Maharishi School with our children for one week. After one week, we decided to move and try it for a year. Our work allowed us to live anywhere. 10 years later we’re happier than we can imagine. Our oldest is off to college, our 10th grader is thriving, and we are part of a close, diverse community of adults and children that I couldn’t imagine being without. Come.

Craig

If I were asked to rank all the accredited private schools in the United States, I would immediately select the award-winning Maharishi School as #1. My son was fortunate to attend from pre-school through 12th grade, and, as a result, he has become a successful, caring, responsible, happy, and healthy adult with a brilliant future. The faculty, administration, unique curriculum, growth opportunities, extracurricular activities, parental support, alumni success, and highly supportive environment are second to no other place. See “Maharishi School” video on YouTube to get some feeling for what is special about Maharishi School!

Promila

This is a beautiful school. Children are nurtured by wonderful enlightened human beings. I have witnessed my children performing so well in the school and showcasing their best creative skills. A big thanks to school administration and teachers for making this school a paradise for children.

Carol

My kids have flourished beyond my expectations. Every year, they get more clear on who they are and the School gives them the time and space to explore and develop their passions. It’s a loving, rigorous, and innovative place.

Celeste

I love this school for its small class sizes, interest in developing every child’s inner and outer potential, and family like atmosphere. It’s hard to imagine my children going to school anywhere else.

Emily

My son has attended Maharishi School for the last 3 years and he loves the school so much. The teachers are amazing, the curriculum and activities offered are second to none, and the faculty and staff are always striving to improve and evolve with the children’s and the community’s growing needs. I highly recommend this school.

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Student Activities Update – Robotics, Speech, and Empty Bowls

Student Activities Update – Robotics, Speech, and Empty Bowls

Maharishi School offers a wide range of activities to teach, inspire, and provide students with useful life-tools. Recently, our students have been very busy succeeding in their various activities. We want to take some time to update you about our school events.

Robotics Team

Saturday, January 27, 2018, our Robotics team won the Control Award and got 3rd place for the Inspire Award. This means they advanced to the super-qualifiers. The Robotics team will compete this coming Saturday (February 3rd). We are so excited for these guys!

Speech Team

Maharishi School speech team competed this past Saturday, February 2nd. We got to experience their performances during a couple of our school assemblies. We are excited for our speech team, though we are still awaiting results to see if our group with attend All-State Speech. Maharishi School has been competing in the IHSSA Large Group Competition since 1988 and has received Critic’s Choice awards 18 times in the areas of Musical Theater (1), One Act Play(1), Choral Reading(6), Group Mime(6), Solo Mime(2), Reader’s Theater(1) and Radio Broadcasting(1). We have also had teams perform at All-State in the categories of Ensemble Acting and TV News and received the sweepstakes trophy for the most entries honored at All-State in 1998 and again in 2003.

Empty Bowls Event

Maharishi School students hosted our 3rd annual Empty Bowls event on Sunday, January 21, in the School’s Courtyard Kitchen. Each of the 135-plus people who attended enjoyed four varieties of delicious soup in bowls of their choosing. Both the bowls and the soup were made by the students in their 2nd quarter project class. Emily and Mike Cantafio performed jazz standards, contributing to the warmth of the community gathering. The students raised over $3,500, which went to the Lord’s Cupboard, a local organization, and Action Against Hunger, an organization that serves people around the globe.

To learn more about our academics or to contact a member of our admissions staff, click here.

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Student-Led Conferences

Student-Led Conferences
Student-led conferencesAt Maharishi School, we love to encourage our students to take ownership of their own education and learning experience. We want to foster a lifelong love of learning in our students. One way we cultivate the love of learning is to conduct Student-Led conferences instead of parent-teacher conferences. In student-led conferences, students come with their parents, or our boarding school students come with their host parents, to talk about how their classes are going. Students guide the conferences, showing their initiative, strengths, and areas that need improvement.
The Enrollment Management Association spoke to 2,700 families and 97% said their primary reason for considering a private school was they wanted their child to develop or maintain a love of learning. Well, of course! When you see your child so engaged that he or she actually wants to talk, then talk more about it, you just want to dance and do high fives after she leaves the room. That’s the love of learning we want to foster in our students!
After our first student-led conferences in the Upper School, parents and students were eager to share their experiences. The following are a couple of parent experiences.

Parent Experiences

Insightful DaughterStudent-led conferences

It was quite gratifying to hear our daughter express personal responsibility in describing not just the content of her classes and assignments, but also her learning process. She was quite insightful about both her strengths and the knowledge/skills that she needs to develop further, explaining the action steps she feels she should take to accomplish her goals. We were surprised and delighted at the level of ownership and holistic understanding our daughter expressed about the nuances of the learning process, her triumphs, and her struggles.
The process of the presentation is also a great way for our daughter to prepare for life after high school when she must self-evaluate to achieve personal goals without administrative oversight, as well as advocate and market herself for higher education and employment opportunities.
We were delighted and impressed!

Our Introvert

Our child is fully capable of speaking, she simply doesn’t have the energy to speak when she gets home from school. She’s an extreme introvert: being around other people drains her. Now that our loquacious son is off to college, the house is quiet at nights. Our daughter comes home, puts her head in the books, watches a half hour of Cheers, and then heads to bed at 9:30 pm. I love that she’s disciplined but, gosh, it’s really quiet.

Student-Led ConferencesWe went to Maharishi School the other night for her student-led conference. Her advisor sat quietly, and our daughter was on – addressing her learning process, what she struggled with, her triumphs, what she wants to improve, how she plans to extend herself. She took responsibility for her learning, gave an unflinchingly honest evaluation, and articulated her plan for the 2nd semester.

I realized mid-way my husband and I were grilling her as we would any other adult colleague. She was acting like a self-directed adult, and we reacted naturally.

Here’s the best part. As we were climbing into bed, we hear a knock at the door. Our daughter quietly crawls onto the bed and plops down between us, pulls out her portfolio and piece by piece she talks…about her papers, her tests, the honors program, her journal. And she keeps talking. She probably spoke more last night than we’ve heard cumulatively for 3 months – she was that jazzed about her learning and the direction she wanted to take.

To learn more about our academics or to contact a member of our admissions staff, click here.

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Consciousness-Based Education – We’re Different

Consciousness-Based Education Defined

In the words of our Head of Schools, Dr. Richard Beall…

“We can define consciousness very simply: How alert or awake are we, to our environment or ourselves? At Maharishi School, the foundation of our college preparatory program is optimal alertness. This isn’t a new idea. The Latin roots of “education” contain two concepts. First, educare: to train or mold. That’s traditional education. Students are like empty vessels to be filled with information, or unformed clay to be molded into shape by outer hands.

But there’s a second root concept, educere: to lead out. That’s inside-out education. That’s acknowledging that there is something inherent within each student to be nurtured and unfolded. That’s been missing from education, and that’s what Consciousness-Based Education (CBE) provides: inner development for outer success. That’s 200% education.”

Consciousness-Based Education and Meditation

What if you could start your day with clarity?

What if you could start your day grounded and focused?

We give your headspace a little breathing room so that you can start your day with potential.

Every single day, students and teachers at Maharishi School close their eyes for a few minutes to practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique and experience a state of rest that is deeper than sleep.

When your body is rested, powerful chain reactions are set forth. Blood pressure normalizes. Heart rates slow down. The brain gets more oxygen. Big problems become small problems and stress becomes manageable.

At Maharishi School, meditation is the cornerstone of our unique learning model. Imagine driving through a rainy, stormy night without your headlights working. The road is dark and you have to drive with fear, small mistakes almost guaranteed to happen. That’s what our brains and bodies are like on stress.

Getting adequate sleep is like having functional headlights. This is the absolute, bare minimum. You can see what is ahead and the stress lessens, but that drive down a dark road remains challenging. However, practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique does more – it quietens the stormy mind.

When our bodies and brains are functioning optimally, it’s suddenly like driving on a bright, sunny day where you can see with clarity, move with purpose, and travel beyond your comfort zone without leaving your center.

Research studies show us through neuroplasticity that the mind is not fixed, but expandable. We don’t just fill students heads with information, we systematically expand the container of knowledge, the student’s own consciousness. With this expansion, absorbing new ideas becomes simpler, friendships deepen, and you start to understand how you are connected to and interconnected with the world.

We call this Consciousness-Based education. Because expanding consciousness is a game changer.

 

To learn more about our academics or to contact a member of our admissions staff, click here.

To learn more about school events and student life, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Project-Based Learning

Project-Based LearningProject Showcase

Project-based learning is at the core of the Maharishi School experience. Through project-based learning, students are inserted into our key principles: know yourself, think deeply, unleash your creativity, succeed.

Daily Process

Every day students are given 70 minutes to work on a passion project. They problem-solve, experiment, falter and keep striving. Through the process, they learn real-world skills that will serve them when they are adults working on projects at their workplaces. Some of the Learning Goals for project learning are creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, a growth mindset, societal impact and service, interdisciplinary integration, development of student portfolios.

How the Students Pick a Project

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. The students work either independently or in small teams and exercise real-life skills in their areas of interest while being fully supported by teachers, community experts, and leaders brought in to match the students’ interests. At the end of each quarter, all the students’ projects are showcased as part of a community-wide event.

Maharishi School RoboticsSuccess 

In a recent Play Production Project, the students vetted and selected the play, built the sets themselves, sourced the costumes, learned stage makeup, created and executed a marketing plan to promote the play, created a budget and managed finances, built a lighting and sound plan, created a cleaning schedule, made refreshments for the intermission and finally produced and performed in the play. With only guidance, the student handled every aspect of the play from soup to nuts allowing them to not only complete a behemoth task but leave with pride and joy as they shared the fruit of their passions with others.

 

To learn more about our academics or to contact a member of our admissions staff, click here.

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

A Parent’s Perspective – We Fell in Love

A Parent’s Perspective

We Fell in Love

A little more than two years ago, our family moved to Fairfield, Iowa for our daughter to attend Maharishi School. There were many factors leading to this decision: the school itself is stunningly beautiful and the teachers are radiant, wise, and caring; project-based learning is a powerful way for students to learn; and Dr. Beall, the school’s charismatic headmaster, leads the school to academic excellence while cultivating the wisdom of the heart. Add in a twice-daily Transcendental Meditation practice, yoga, and organic lunches and you have a winning combination. The school was a perfect fit for our family. But it was the Dosha Café that sealed our decision.

The Fifth-Grade Cafe 

While we were visiting the school, we were staying with our friends whose son was working on a project in his fifth-grade class. That project was the Dosha Café. He was preparing a dish to take to school for this project based in Ayurveda. The children had designed a business plan, as well as the menu based on the principles of Ayurveda for this café. Each of the facets of running a restaurant was addressed in this project. Not only were the children learning how to create and run a business from start to finish, they were learning about healing tools, not only for themselves but for others too. We were blown away that eight and nine-year-olds were learning about the ancient principles of Ayurveda, as well as having Math, English, Art, and Social Studies brought to life through this fun project. Wow! The school simply is alive with learning on every level!

The Bottom Line 

We have had our daughter in three other schools, both private and public. Quite simply, an education like the one Maharishi School offers is not available elsewhere. Consciousness-based learning is so important to our children’s entire being. It is beyond powerful, and seeing it in action is mind-blowing. There is a school that combines Yoga, TM, organic meals, a caring and connected community, illustrious alumni, heart-centered teaching, and academic excellence. That school is Maharishi School.

– Janet Jenkins

The Jenkins Family

The Jenkins Family

 

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556