Maharishi School, Fairfield, Iowa

Ashley Deans, Ph.D., Director of Maharishi School (K-12), Fairfield, Iowa

“Imagine you are visiting a school where there are no locks on the lockers, and a five-dollar bill is pinned on a bulletin board with a note requesting that the owner claim it.

“You step into a ninth-grade classroom to be greeted by a sea of shining faces. The students are wide awake—eager to learn. You ask a question and every hand shoots up. The students giggle with anticipation.

“A teacher tells you she has more energy after a day's teaching than before. A parent confides that her children complain on Fridays that there is no school on the weekend.

“You may wonder if you are in a dream. Could a school like this really exist? The answer is yes. I'm fortunate enough to be the director of such a school.

“So what do we do that's different? It's very simple and the students really enjoy it. For a few minutes each day they sit comfortably and practice the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation® technique to develop their total creative potential. This effortless mental procedure produces holistic brain functioning, resulting in increased intelligence, reduced stress, and improved social behavior.

“The good news is that today any school can offer a practical, proven program that fulfills the highest aspirations of educators, parents, and students, simply by adding one period a day to the existing curriculum. This one addition will provide what has been lacking in education—new knowledge that is effective in solving the problems that plague our schools and society.”

Dr. Ashley Deans is a quantum physicist, lifelong educator, and Director of the award-winning Maharishi School (K–12) in Fairfield, Iowa, where students and teachers practice the Transcendental Meditation technique as part of its “Consciousness-Based” curriculum.

The Maharishi School, a non-sectarian institution, is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

With an open enrollment policy, it accepts students with a wide range of academic abilities and from a broad spectrum of economic backgrounds and yet its achievements include:

  • Grades 10-12 consistently scoring in the top 1% of the nation on standardized tests.
  • More than 95% of graduates accepted at four-year colleges.
  • Over 100 top international, national and state awards in science, mathematics, art, theatre, photography, poetry and writing.
  • More top-ten finishes at the global finals of creative problem-solving competitions than any other school in the world.
  • Extraordinary athletic success, including 17 state championships in the past 15 years.

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