Life in the Dorms
High Mowing was founded more than 70 years ago, when Beulah Emmet converted her family country home into a boarding school. The old hilltop farm ideally suited the warm, home-like atmosphere she sought for her students. Now, well into the 21st century, that atmosphere continues to nurture students from around the country and across the globe, who come together at High Mowing for a unique educational experience.
Because High Mowing is a small school, close and warm relationships are the norm. Two dorm counselors and their families live in apartments in each of the two dorms. With dedication and commitment, they work to create a safe and healthy home-like atmosphere. In both the boys’ and the girls’ dorm, there is a common gathering space where students hang out, play instruments, or enjoy a game of pool. Dorm rooms are generally shared for underclassmen, while seniors are given their own unless they choose otherwise. Each student is provided with a desk, a twin bed, a dresser, and a closet, and students are free to decorate their rooms to reflect their own personalities.
Our beautiful campus is the center of social life for boarders and day students alike. The surrounding woods and fields, as they change through the seasons, are an inspiration for thought and reflection. A dozen faculty families make their homes on-campus. They share meals with the students and spend time with them outside the classroom, creating community and enriching the experience of boarding students in many ways.
Indeed, it could be said that community is one of the strongest attributes of High Mowing School. In a world where relationships are often impersonal, our boarding program provides an intimate setting for a diverse range of social interactions. Students find that friendships made at High Mowing are often profoundly meaningful, and that they last a lifetime.
Comments by boarding students on life in the dormitories
“Because the school is so small, we only have one girls’ dorm, so it’s like we are a whole huge family of sisters.”
“I really like living in a community, because you get so close with people that they almost feel like your family.”
“I think you get closer to the teachers on the campus. Much closer.”
Regarding dorm counselors
“The dorm counselors don’t take the place of the parent, but they sort of ‘hold’ the place of a parent. They aren’t there to replace your parent, but they are there to support you.”
“I get a sense that the dorm counselors almost — in a way — learn with you, about themselves. Which I think is really nice.”
“After study hall you can go hang out with all your friends, and on the weekends it’s tons of fun.”
“Going to movies in the boys’ dorm is great. Jonathan projects the movie on the wall and arranges it like a theater and he makes cookies. He makes really good cookies.”
“Sometimes we set up the big room with tables and wi-fi and we have coffee and do our own internet café.”
“It’s nice to have down time on the weekends so that you can hang out with your friends. It’s nice bonding time, because during the week you are so busy.”
“The day students are really welcome there. I really like it when they come. I think it’s great.
“You learn to have patience. You develop compassion for people when you live with them. And you learn to focus on people’s strengths.”
“Once you become part of dorm life then you discover that everybody has a competence . . . and there is a sane level on which everybody relates.”
“Dorm life ended up being everything I expected and a little more.”