Maharishi School

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  • Located on the campus of Maharishi University, 2 hours from Des Moines, Iowa and 4.5 hours from Chicago
  • 52 students (grades 9-12), 25% international students
  • Coeducational day school with no religious affiliation
  • Some single-gender classrooms; on-campus dormitory
  • Universities placements include Maryland Institute of Technology, Purdue University among others
  • ESL program

What's special?

All students practice Transcendental Meditation and yoga before and after class to manage stress and expand their consciousness  | Single and mixed-gender classes

98% including: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Purdue University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of California - Los Angeles, University of Wisconsin

Fast facts

4 seasons, snow in winter
Coed 52 (9-12) students
25% international students
12, Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
Cedar Rapids, IA (CID) via Chicago, IL (ORD)


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Marking System:

The 4.0 grading system is used for all courses. Academic counselors monitor the academic progress of each student and meet with the faculty to design academic support when needed.

Graduation Requirements:

The miniumum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

  • English - 4 years
  • History/Social Science - 3 years
  • Mathematics - 4 years
  • Science - 4 years
  • Science of Creative Intelligence - 4 years
  • Physical Education/Sport - 4 years
  • Spanish Language - 2 years
  • Computer Science - 1 unit
  • Art - 1 unit
  • Performing Arts - 2 units
  • Elective projects - 8 units
  • Community Service - 10 hours per year
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Special Programs

Noteworthy: Each school day begins and ends with a few minutes of meditation and simple yoga exercises to develop the ability to focus while in school and to relieve stress and fatigue.  Students are given 70 minutes every day to pursue their passion in a project period.

ACT Scores

Average ACT score: 27

SAT Scores

Average SAT score: 1500


Maharishi School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of Central States

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Studio Arts, Ceramics, Fashion, Film, Independent Study, Music Composition, Music Production, Photography, Theater, Videography
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  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Campus features

Three majestic buildings form the main classroom complex, including the Girls School, which overlooks a couryard complete with an orchard, rose garden, and 4,100 sq. ft. organic greenhouse. The Boys School, Foster Hall, is on the northern side of the courtyard overlooking the central garden. The school also has two libraries, three computer labs, three art rooms, a fully equipped digital and conventional photography lab and two music rooms. The spacious auditorium is well-equipped for performances and community gatherings. Athletic facilities include a soccer field; play fields; a gymnasim for basketball and volleyball competitions; a huge recreation center with 4 indoor tennis courts, 3 basketball courts, a climbing wall, indoor track, a cardio and weight training room, an outdoor swimming pool; and a nearby lake for water sports like canoeing and kayaking and in winter, skating and cross country skiing. MUM facilities (shared with Maharishi School) include: theatre, library, outdoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor and outdoor track and soccer sport fields, student center with auditorium, bookstore, cafeteria, coffee shop.

Extracurricular activities

  • Destination Imagination
  • Cooking Club
  • Film
  • Gardening
  • Improvisation
  • Literary Society
  • Music
  • Musical Theater
  • PROUD (people respecting our unique differences)
  • Robotics
  • Rocketry
  • Science Club
  • Speech Competition
  • Student Council

Admissions Requirements


Preferred 60-65 iBT

Not required



ETS 5140

Estimated Costs


ESL is included in tuition

$1,500 Orientation (1st year only)

$1,300 Health Insurance

$300 Uniform

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