Experience teaches us that one of the most effective elements in preparing for Waldorf teaching is an active involvement in the life of a school over a significant period of time. Actual encounters with students, colleagues, and parents, along with ongoing guidance and mentoring, are ideal for the honing of the skills required to become a proficient Waldorf teacher. Such a setting is akin to an extended apprenticeship: the apprentice gradually assumes responsibilities based on the development of essential knowledge and skills.

HMS Apprenticeship Program

Our apprenticeship, designed as a one-year program, provides participants with a comprehensive immersion in all aspects of school life and may fulfill certain prerequisites and requirements of a certified Waldorf teacher education program, such as the programs offered in Wilton, NH each summer by the Center for Anthroposophy in affiliation with the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at Antioch University New England.

Program Details

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  • Scope

    Our teacher apprenticeship program is a full time, in-school, one-school-year experience (Mid-August-Mid-June) designed to provide the apprentice with:
    1. Age-appropriate lesson content.
    2. Tools to master classroom situations.
    3. A framework within which to further the necessary transformation in one’s relationship to the world of children and adolescents.
    4. A balance of individual and group work.
    5. Weekly attendance at faculty meetings.
    6. Artistic activities and journaling.
    7. Two study groups weekly – fundamentals of anthroposophy and fundamentals of Waldorf education.
    8. Weekly meetings with program mentor for the purpose of lessons planning, lesson review, and monitoring of the apprenticeship.
    9. Regular and close collaboration with one or several experienced teachers preparing and reviewing lessons.
    10. Direct experience with students through assisting in classrooms and increased teaching responsibilities over the course of the year, assisting in substitutions, field trips and a variety of school activities.             
  • Director

    HMS Teacher Apprenticeship program is directed by Robert Sim. Robert started his teaching career in 1974 at the college level in England and the USA. In 1982, his deep interest in Waldorf education led him to teach English to grades 1-12 at the Freiewaldorfschule, Ueberlingen, Germany, where in 1993 he took a grade 4 class through grade 8. He moved to the USA in 1998 to take a first grade class through grade eight. Since 2006, Robert has been teaching classes in math, economics, humanities, German, gardening, and a myriad other courses to HMS high school students. Throughout his 35 plus years of teaching experience, Robert has held several faculty leadership positions.

    Liverpool University, England - B.A. honors
    Manchester University, England - M.A.
    University of Connecticut - Ph.D.
    Emerson College, England - Waldorf Teaching Certificate
  • Qualifications

    Qualifications & Expectations of Candidate Apprentice
    1. A deep interest in, and reverence for, child and adolescent development as seen through the lens of Anthroposophy. 
    2. A willingness to acquire new skills, study, and transform one’s relationship to the world as integral elements of preparation.
    3. A willingness to engage earnestly in a supportive yet demanding, year-long program in a boarding school environment. 
    4. A willingness to take classroom responsibility for up to 8 periods per week. (Assignments are tailored to each apprentice’s ability).
    5. BA degree or equivalent, or life experience that demonstrates the capacity for study.
    6. Verbal and written mastery of the English language.
  • Tuition

    Our intention is to provide a rich apprenticeship experience at an affordable cost.

    Our tuition for the program covers the cost of the apprentice’s food, lodging, and supplies, as well as the stipends for course leaders and mentors, for the duration of the program.
    • Tuition: $7,845 (Three equal payments of $2,625.2% discount with payment in full.)
    • Tuition includes on-campus housing for the first two candidates in student-made tiny houses.
    • Meals while school is in session, supplies(except books for required reading).
    • A portion of tuition costs may be recovered by the apprentice in the form of paid substitution and other responsibilities, as the availability, capability of participants, and school needs require beyond the eight periods per week of classroom work included in the apprentices’ responsibilities.
    • For 2020-21, the number of participants is limited to five.
  • Application

    Interested candidates should submit their electronic application via email to Robert Sim, Program Director, at with a letter of intent, resume, and three professional or personal references. HMS will respond only to qualified candidates.

About High Mowing School

Founded in 1942, High Mowing was the first Waldorf high school in the U.S. and to this day remains the only Waldorf boarding school in North America. In the summer of 2017, HMS merged with Pine Hill Waldorf School to form a preschool-grade 12 day and boarding Waldorf School in Wilton, NH. HMS is committed to a caring and diverse community where academic success, personal growth, and social responsibility are highly valued and fostered. Set on a hilltop among rolling farmland in scenic southern New Hampshire, High Mowing School is home tomore than 300 day and boarding students in Preschool through grade 12.


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  • Distinct Gifts

    Kirsten Archibald, 2018-19 Apprentice
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High Mowing School

222 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton NH 03086
(603) 654-2391 phone     (603) 654-6588 fax
Founded in 1942, High Mowing School is an accredited Waldorf co-educational school serving day, boarding, and homestay students in Wilton, NH, from early childhood through grade 12. HMS is a place to grow intellectually, artistically, and socially while living and learning with students from across town and around the world.  Accredited by NEASC and AWSNA (high school current; lower school in process).