https://maharishischool.org/wp-content/uploads/lowerschoolcouncil-scaled.jpg 728 1200 Kenzie Wacknov https://maharishischool.org/wp-content/uploads/maharishi-school-web-logo-crop.png Kenzie Wacknov2023-01-18 17:43:252023-02-17 18:41:32Top 10 Achievements for 1st Semester
Top 10 Achievements for 1st Semester
Maharishi School Top 10
On January 12th we honored Maharishi in our traditional Founder’s Day celebration, by recognizing our successes of the past semester, and making wishes for the new year. Your support has given children access to the #1 ranked Private School in Iowa and the benefits of Consciousness-Based education. Thank you for helping our wishes become a reality.
- NEW UKRAINIAN STUDENTSThe inquiries came last spring: four Ukrainian students, exiled from their home by the war, asked if they could continue their education at Maharishi School. They were attracted to our academic reputation and development of consciousness programs. Within two months, generous donors from our community and across the country raised enough money to fund their living expenses and transportation. Later this fall, three of our seniors, including two Ukrainians, were awarded QuestBridge scholarships for high-achieving, low-income students, covering all of their college expenses.
- # 1 RANKINGSFor five years in a row, Niche.com has ranked Maharishi School #1 in Iowa:* Best Private K-12 School* Best Private High School* Best Boarding SchoolOur National rankings continue to improve:*Top 4% Most Diverse Private High School*Top 5% Best Private K-12 School*Top 10% Best Private High School for STEM*Top 16% Best College Prep High SchoolFor more details click here: NICHE #1 for Maharishi School
- BOARDINGWe currently have 22 boarding students in our residential life program, a 70% increase over last year. Our multicultural dorm includes students from around the world: China, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Nepal/Bhutan, Tanzania, Ukraine, United States and Vietnam. We are eager to fill our dorm to capacity for 2023-24!
- AP CLASSESMaharishi School earned another 1st place in the state this year… in the “AP Index.” We have the highest percentage of high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses of any Iowa school! Our students are enrolled in nine AP courses this year.
- CHILDREN’S HOUSEEnrollment in the Children’s House are steadily rising back to pre-Covid levels, with new applicants consistently rolling in. We continue to foster, through our Montessori-inspired curriculum, a multi-age classroom, where children can follow their individual interests, while still hitting the benchmarks of the Iowa Standards.
- LOWER SCHOOLThis year the Lower School began their own Student Council, with Ambassadors of Responsibility, Respect, Solutions, Service, and Transcendence, each representing Maharishi School’s Core Values. The Student Council meets regularly to plan activities and initiatives for the Lower School, and they even go into the other classrooms to deliver news or well-wishes to the younger students.
- CULTURAL PARADIGMSNew this semester in Upper School, the Cultural Paradigms class was designed to explore the myriad ways of “being human,” through the lens of acceptance and adaptation to differences. Topics include an exploration of cultural values, race, religion, ethnicity, neurodiversity, plus challenges such as physical disabilities, Adverse Childhood Experiences—and the importance of removing barriers to create an equitable society. Pictured in photo is Rabbi Alex Green discussing Judaism. Students are recognizing that complex problems must be solved through collaboration with people who bring different abilities and perspectives to the table—so it is critical to learn how to leverage these differences and celebrate them.
- GLOBAL SOLUTIONSFacilitated by Anne Walton, the Senior class recently spent three days at a leadership training retreat learning what it takes to become genuine changemakers. Ms. Walton explained how this includes examining the impact of economics, public policy, community engagement, technology, and the importance of anticipating unexpected consequences, both positive and negative.Seniors will apply these principles of collaboration to solve complex problems in the newly created Global Solutions class that begins this month. Small groups of students have already identified their own global challenges, ranging from fast fashion to sustainable housing to support for refugees. These findings will be presented in a final capstone project, to be presented to the community in May.
- RAISE CRAZE SUCCESSRaise Craze was once again a HUGE success. 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. Raising $21,080, our students also performed 924 Acts of Kindness, and school-wide collected 425 pairs of shoes, helping needy people throughout the world.
- Maharishi School is deeply grateful for the support shown during our December “Season of Giving” campaign. Our Development Team together with your help, raised $30,000 through Giving Tuesday and Matching Funds.
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Cheers to your good health, happiness, and abundance in 2023!
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