The David Lynch Foundation conducts student surveys in each of our Quiet Time schools. Our findings include:

Bronx High School for Law and Community

  • After the first year of Quiet Time, the school had its highest four-year graduation rate in the history of the school, with 81% of seniors receiving a diploma

Brooklyn Urban Garden School

  • 63% of Quiet Time students have better focus in school
  • 51% of Quiet Time students report feeling happier since starting meditation
  • 54% of Quiet Time students report sleeping better since starting meditation
  • 53% of Quiet Time students feel less angry since starting meditation
  • 52% of Quiet Time students feel more confident since starting meditation
  • 59% of Quiet Time students say they get more work done at school and at home since starting meditation
  • 57% of Quiet Time students feel that meditation has helped them with their academic study
  • 53% of Quiet Time students say they argue and fight less with others since starting meditation
  • 56% of Quiet Time students feel that they are making healthier life choices since starting meditation
  • 68% of BUGS students appreciate having Quiet Time at school
  • From their first graduating class in 2016, students who were at BUGS for all three years increased from 26% to 45% in their proficiency in math. BUGS administrators credit the school’s success to its unique, collaborative culture and cite Quiet Time as an integral part of that culture.

New Horizons School

  • 22% improvement in GPA
  • 35% reduction in anxiety and anger
  • 40% decrease in fatigue

Aspire Ollin University

  • 90% decrease in suspensions over a three-year period

Over 350 studies have been published on the beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation on mental and physical health. Additional findings on the benefits of TM in schools include:

  • Reduction in stress, depression, and burnout among teachers practicing TM (Elder, Charles; Nidich, Sanford; Moriarty, Francis; Nidich, Randi. Perm J. 2014 Winter; 18(1): 19-23)
  • Decrease in school absences among meditating students (Barnes VA, Bauza LB, Treiber FA. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2003 Apr 23;1:10)
  • 25% increase in high school graduation rate among low-performing students (Education 133: 556-565, 2011)
  • 40% reduction in psychological distress, including stress, anxiety and depression (American Journal of Hypertension 22 (12): 1326-1331, 2009)
  • Increased attendance and decreased suspensions among high school students (Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 1:10, 2003)
  • Reduced ADHD symptoms and symptoms of other learning disorders (Mind & Brain: The Journal of Psychiatry 2 (1): 73-81, 2011)
  • 21% increase in high school graduation rates (Education 133 (4): 495-500, 2013)
  • 10% improvement in test scores and GPA (Education 131: 556-565, 2011)
  • Increased intelligence and creativity (Intelligence 29: 419-440, 2001)