"High Mowing was a home before it was a school — and becoming a school, it still stayed a home."
Founder of High Mowing School
At High Mowing School we recognize and nurture the highest potential in each person. We are a community where students discover who they are and develop the capacity for living fully into the future as it unfolds for them. We aspire to be a model for Waldorf education in the 21st century, and a catalyst for positive change in the world. Our graduates are confident, innovative leaders in diverse pursuits, reaching their goals and contributing to a sustainable, compassionate and peaceful future.
High Mowing School is a Waldorf high school for boarding and day students, where talented and experienced teachers 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 human being and the changing world around us.
We offer an experiential and vigorous program of arts-infused academics within a small and friendly school community, where young people and adults have the opportunity to form authentic and meaningful relationships. 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.
For all members of our community, we value:
- 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 and environmental sustainability
- Healthy, local and organically grown food
- A safe, welcoming and diverse school community
- A friendly and supportive social environment
- The celebration of the uniqueness in each Individual
- Deep, authentic and lasting relationships
- Individual and collective responsibility
- Kindness and compassion
For more than 70 years, High Mowing School has been a place where high school students learn and grow. Nestled in the Monadnock region of Southern New Hampshire, our campus was once the family home of Beulah Hepburn Emmet, our founder. Both the school and our name are rooted to this singular place—a hilltop farm in Wilton, NH.
Inspired by the writings and educational theories of Rudolf Steiner, Mrs. Emmet opened the school in 1942. It is the first Waldorf high school to have been founded in North America. Since that time, the warmth and casual comfort of the old farm site have welcomed teenagers from around the globe. Here, students experience a rich Waldorf curriculum, as they live and work in close proximity to their teachers and classmates. High Mowing is the only Waldorf high school on this continent to offer a boarding program as well as a day school.
Our name, High Mowing, has its roots in New England’s colonial past. The practice of cutting or mowing hayfields to feed farm animals was a long-standing tradition here. According to European custom, these hayfields were often called “mowings” by the early settlers. A “high mowing” referred to a hilltop field — the perfect name for a school with high ambitions for its students. It is also the ideal setting for young adults to grow intellectually, artistically and socially, while living and learning with students from across town and around the world.