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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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Top 10 Achievements from Maharishi School

Teacher’s Holiday Party 2020

 

 

 

Top 10 Achievements for 1st Semester
2020-2021
Outside is the joy of the drop. Inside is the joy of the ocean. —Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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Head of School Dr. Richard Beall
1. During the summer of 2020, prior to the opening of school, we formed a COVID task force to prepare the learning environment. Dr. Beall confirms that we met our commitment to make informed, data-driven decisions and preparations for the coming school year.
Families were given a choice: students could attend in person, online locally, and online internationally. Our website describes these detailed decisions and preparations in the “Return to Learn” plan required by the Iowa Department of Education.
We are proud to say that we got through 2020 without a single case of COVID.
Niche Ranking, woohoo!
4. In 2021, Maharishi School ranked #1 in FIVE categories through Niche.com: #1 Most Diverse Private High School in Iowa, #1 Best College Prep Private High School in Iowa, #1 Best Private High School in Iowa, #1 Best Private K-12 School in Iowa, and #1 Best Boarding High School in Iowa. Click to see our success!
Harmony Exists in Diversity
6. Being ranked as the #1 Most Diverse Private High School in Iowa (of 51) is a huge benefit for our students as they prepare to navigate through our multicultural society and world. In our dorm alone we currently have boarding students from China, Korea, Germany, India, Vietnam, and the US.
“Lets talk about race” Book Club
8. Our Diversity-Equity-Inclusion (DEI) Committee sees a strengthening in our DEI programs with new diversity curriculum and workshops, resilience surveys, and expanded counseling services.
Beautification in the School
10. We have successfully completed renovations of all three levels of the Hopson Building. New colors, flooring, and other visual features have brought our main building into the 21st century. Notice the social-distancing decals?
montessori in elementary school
Montessori in the Elementary School
2. The Lower School successfully integrated a half-day Montessori curriculum into the 1st and 2nd grades, and also brought kindergarten into the Lower School building this year. The Lower School also lengthened the school day to provide Social Studies and Science lessons on a daily basis. Click here to read more about this.
Cooking in the Maharishi School Kitchen
3. The Middle School Team works closely together to provide a wide variety of hands-on, project-based learning experiences, from science labs—in the kitchen—to communication skills shared with the community.
Student Council meeting
5. The Upper School Student Council has provided outstanding leadership during the pandemic, organizing weekly safe social activities to sustain school spirit and social-emotional well being. Pictured above is a New Year’s party organized by Student Council!
Acts of Kindness
7. Raise Craze, our biggest fundraiser of the year will officially become a new annual tradition. Students asked friends and family to donate to Maharishi School, and as a way to pay their generosity forward, they performed Acts of Kindness for others. Surpassing our goal of $15,000 we were able to purchase much needed COVID supplies and increase technology for online instruction.
#GivingTuesday
9. Maharishi School is deeply grateful for the support shown during our December “Season of Giving” campaign. Our Development Team together with your help, raised $37,000 through Giving Tuesday and Matching Funds–more than we ever thought possible.
Thank you all for your wonderful support!
Cheers to your good health, happiness, and abundance in 2021!
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