History of High Mowing School

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 WiltonNH.

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.

High Mowing School

Abbot Hill Road, Wilton NH 03086
(603) 654-2391 phone     (603) 654-6588 fax