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How to Make Private School More Affordable

Private school can seem pretty expensive, and it is, but there are ways to make it more affordable. We rounded up our favorite suggestions, ones we offer new families in our own school. Here they are!

Scholarships

One way private school can be more affordable is by applying for scholarships within and outside of your school of choice. Many schools provide scholarships for things like exceptional creativity, specialized interest, or need-based scholarships. Inquire with the admissions director of your school to pursue these options.

Outside of your school, many companies partner with schools to provide scholarships. One scholarship program we suggest to our students is Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin. One scholarship from Land’s End and Scholarship America is available here. 

Financial Aid from the School

Many schools offer income-based tuition on a sliding scale. When applying for schools, it is best to ask the admissions counselor about the tuition structure and financial aid options available to you through the school. Some schools may not offer a sliding scale tuition, and it is better to know that upfront before going through all the work of applying to the school if you cannot afford tuition.

In addition to income-based tuition, some schools offer financial aid. This financial aid may come in the form of scholarships or tuition reduction. Often times, you can find scholarship information on the school’s website. If you cannot find that information on their website, ask the admissions counselor.

Raising Money with Your Personal Network of Contacts

It may feel uncomfortable, but it is not uncommon to ask friends and family to help support sending your child to a private school. You can do this via fundraiser (selling baked goods, wrapping paper, etc.) or by asking for monetary donations. Once you collect the funds, you can use them to make a payment on your child’s behalf. 

If you have made the decision to send your child to public school, do not be discouraged by the price. Remember the reasons you selected this path of education and get creative! Always feel that you can reach out to the admissions staff for help. They want to see your child succeed too.

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

Robotics Team Competes

The Fairfield High School and Maharishi School robotics teams joined several other area schools Friday afternoon at Jefferson County Fairgrounds Cambridge Learning Center for a competition, pitting each other’s project’s against one another in various categories from de-latching and re-latching back onto the starting point to moving minerals around and into a designated area.

Maharishi School Robotics Team

Maharishi School Robotics Team shows of their skills in a community demonstration.

First-year coach at Maharishi School, Ryan Glasgow, said his team seems to have a good working relationship that stems from knowing each other well. The Pioneers went right after the big points, attempting to de-latch and re-latch to the starting point, with the team partially succeeding in it’s attempt.

Tenth-grader Shristi Sharma is a first-year member of the Maharishi School club who is working on the programming and writes code to help move the robot, while junior Yenet Deribe is working on mechanisms and the construction of the bot in her third year on the team.

Sophomore Skylar Halley joined this year because many of his friends were in it, but found it was interesting and is now working on the chaise and the frame of the robot. For Halley, the biggest challenge has been not losing tools.

The teams meet two or three times a week for a few hours at a time and the week before a meet will tighten all the loose ends with four or more meetings to pull everything together.

The next robotics competition is in mid-December.

Justin Webster

Sports Editor at the Fairfield Ledger

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556

 

Exciting News! – Comprehensive Social/Emotional Education

Rights, Respect & Responsibility: A K-12 Sexuality Education Program

As has been discussed at parents’ meetings and through email communication, the Lower School is now ready to begin teaching this important new aspect of social/emotional development. Titled as a “sexuality” curriculum can be a bit misleading, as the program encompasses so much more and includes a collection of lesson plans on a wide range of topics such as: self-understanding, family, growth and development, friendship, sexuality, life skills, and health promotion. Sex Ed, Health Curriculum

While many sexuality education materials have addressed the adolescents, the organization Advocates 
for Youth realized that such education must begin much earlier. Learning about good communication, safety in relationships, and growth and development lays a foundation that can support healthy relationships and healthy behaviors throughout a person’s lifetime.

Students in grades 1&2 will begin lessons in mid-November. Students in grades 3&4 will begin lessons on November 7, and will continue the first and third Wednesday of each month. Students in grades 5&6 have had their first lesson entitled, “Figuring out Friendships” and will continue with the next lesson during hte week of November 9.

Going forward, parents will be emailed a schedule for when each lesson will be taught, and a link for you to view the lesson in advance. You can always email Laura or your child’s teacher with any questions you might have.

The website from which we draw our curriculum can be found by clicking here. If you then click “lesson plans” you will be taken to a link that allows you to download all lesson plans.

 

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