High Mowing School

Wilton, New Hampshire, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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High Mowing School is the first Waldorf high school to be founded in North America and the only Waldorf School to offer a full Boarding Experience!

High Mowing, (named for the mowing of the high hay fields that surround the campus), is located on Abbot Hill, elevation 1000 feet above sea level, in the Town of Wilton, in southern New Hampshire. Despite the pastoral setting, we are just a one hour drive from Boston and 30 minutes from Manchester. Here you will find a rich educational and social community that, over the last seven decades, has developed, changed and adjusted to meet the needs of the students, offering teenagers a unique combination of Waldorf education and community living. We are a small, friendly community of students and faculty living and learning together in an inspiring and comfortable setting. Each student, day and boarder, and each teacher is an active part of this community.

High Mowing School has talented, specially trained and experienced teachers who draw on the wisdom of Waldorf education, and nurture the interests of today’s young people. We utilize an approach to learning that is based on an understanding of the developing adolescent with body, soul and spirit, as well as on the changing times and environment.

We provide a complete program of humanities, math, science, world languages, fine, practical and performing arts, diverse movement education and individual interest electives -- all immersed in and surrounded by nature.

As a community, we share the following values:
- Imagination and creativity
- Learning through multiple intelligences
- Joy, freedom and self-direction
- Meaningful work that challenges and inspires
- Balance in work, play and life
- Excellence in academics
- Mastery through practice
- Innovation and tradition
- Social justice, environmental sustainability
- Healthy, local and organically grown food
- A safe welcoming and diverse school community
- A friendly and supportive social environment
- Celebration of the uniqueness in each individual
- Deep, authentic and lasting relationships
- Individual and collective responsibility
- Kindness and compassion

222 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton, New Hampshire, USA 03086

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Director of Admission: Kevin Driscoll
Admissions Phone:603-654-2391 ext.109Fax:603-654-6588
Email: admissions@highmowing.org Website: www.highmowing.org

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

school events

May Day

Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM , Wilton, New Hampshire, USA

Celebrate the arrival of Spring at High Mowing! MAY DAY is a community event and features: student performances, a collaboration of skits and Maypole dancing with neighboring Pine Hill Waldorf School. Games, performances, organic food, pottery sale, artisan workshops and booths, open to the public!

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  • Founded: 1942
  • Campus Size: 125 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-12th
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     31 29 60
Boys     30 19 49
Total     61 48 109

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $47,000
  • 5-Day Boarding: $
  • Day Tuition Fee: $29,500
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 40.00%
  • Average Awarded: $20,000

Summary: High Mowing offers a rigorous program of study that provides a solid foundation for future academic work. The liberal arts curriculum is presented in a way that promotes engaged and active learning. The curriculum provides a solid base of knowledge while developing the capacities of the whole person. High Mowing seeks to create self-motivated learners who display creativity, insight, and empathy. High Mowing utilizes a Waldorf based curriculum, and is the only Waldorf Boarding School in North America.

Department Director: Robert Sim

Average Class Size: 10

Full Time Teachers: 20

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 50.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 4:1

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • Naturalist Trimester
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Mythology
  • Philosophy
  • Social Justice
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Anatomy
  • Animal Behavior
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Health
  • Marine Biology
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Ornithology
  • Paleontology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Zoology
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Projective Geometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Multimedia
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • History of Jazz
  • History of Music
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music History
  • Orchestra
  • Recording
  • Jazz Ensemble
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fiber Arts
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • History of Theater
  • Journalism
  • Metal
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Production
  • Public Speaking
  • Publications
  • Screen-printing
  • Screenwriting
  • Sculpture
  • Silkscreen
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Textiles
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
  • Weaving
  • Woodworking
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Outdoor Education
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Horticulture Program
    Equestrian Program
    Naturalist Program

AP Courses Available:

Summary: Student life at High Mowing is an exciting mixture of classroom learning and enriching experiences outside the classroom. Life flourishes in the dining room, in the dormitories, on the lawn, on the sports fields, and in the far-flung destinations of Projects Blocks and exchange schools abroad. The richness of High Mowing lies in the relations between people. These relations are nourished in myriad ways each day. People are real with each other, accepting of differences, and encouraging of growth. Healthy ways of living are modeled and encouraged. Delicious organic food is eaten and civic involvement is embraced.

Department Director: Dale Dintaman

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 2

Average Students Per Dorm: 30

No. of Girls Dorms: 1

No. of Boys Dorms: 1

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Fireplaces, Piano, Kitchen 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: High Mowing offers students many ways to be engaged, enriched, and challenged. The mixture of day and boarding students means everyone has a chance to meet and work with people from across the country and from many lands abroad, but also that they can get to know the local area and all that it has to offer. School traditions such as Coffee House are sparked by student initiative and celebrate each person’s gifts.


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • soccer fields

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Peer Counseling
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Summary: Like all subjects offered at High Mowing, the performing arts belong to the curriculum as a way of assisting the harmonious development of the whole student.The practice of art is an integral part of the school program, and an essential component in a complete Waldorf curriculum. Students engage in

Athletics Department Director: Keith Badger

  • Art Club
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Drama Club
  • Improvisation Group
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Summary: Graduates of High Mowing think for themselves and approach problems creatively. They understand themselves and empathize with other people. They trust in their capacity to learn and to grow. They find useful work and they have satisfying friendships. They find success and fulfillment in a wide range of fields. You will leave High Mowing with confidence and self-assurance. If you are like most High Mowing graduates, you will consider yourself a citizen of the world, and will find ways to contribute to the betterment of others. You will know yourself well enough to blaze your path through college and beyond.

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 90.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Alfred University 3 graduates
Bennington College 2 graduates
Berklee College of Music 2 graduates
Eugene Lange College 2 graduates
Guilford College 2 graduates
Hampshire College 2 graduates
Johnson State College 2 graduates
Keene State College 2 graduates
Lesley College 3 graduates
Marlboro College 2 graduates
Mount Holyoke College 3 graduates
New England College 2 graduates
Savannah College of Art & Design 2 graduates
Suffolk University 3 graduates
University of King's College 2 graduates
University of New Hampshire 2 graduates
University of Tampa 2 graduates
Warren Wilson College 2 graduates
University of Vermont 2 graduates
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

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Summary: The Naturalist Program is a natural science elective in which natural history study is interwoven with woodcraft, wilderness survival skills, rite-of-passage experiences, and place-based education. The Naturalist Program is a life-changing experience for many students. It takes maximum advantage of