Tour Our Nature-Based School

High Mowing is set atop Abbot Hill in Wilton, New Hampshire. Our campus is 300 acres spanning from the top of the hill down to the Souhegan River. In the 1930s our founder, Beulah H. Emmet, bought a farm. In the spring of 1942 she began to convert the farm to a school, and in October of that year the doors opened. Though little of the original farm buildings remain, the campus still feels like the home it was all those years ago.

High Mowing is a nature-based school that uses the Waldorf approach and the outdoors as a learning environment for students. Nature serves as our classroom for many aspects of our curriculum.
Many of our neighbors are sister organizations. Down the road is the longest-operating Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm in the country, the Temple-Wilton Community Farm. Students participate in outdoor activities on the farm as part part of school-based or after school activities. On the same property is the Hilltop Cafe, an eatery offering fresh meals made with local ingredients.

Pine Hill Campus Views

High School Campus Views

Campus Facts

  • Located in scenic Wilton, NH, on 300 acres of forest and fields
  • Access to 3.5-mile trail loop for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing
  • Neighbors with a CSA, Farm Store, and Farm-to-Table Café

  • 45 minutes from Manchester, NH
  • 1 hour & 10 minutes from seacoast
  • 1.5 hours from Boston, MA
"High Mowing was a home before it was a school—and becoming a school it still stayed a home." 
-Mrs. Emmet, founder

More High School Campus Views

The Main Building was the barn of the farm bought by Mrs. Emmet. Inside are the Big Room, the Dining Room, administrative offices, and classroom space. In a connected wing are the College and Career Counseling office, the Student Lounge, the Eurythmy Studio, the Jazz Room, and a Photography Studio.

The Science and Technology building was built in 2003, and houses classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories. In these well-equipped spaces our students take block and track courses designed to prepare them for the 21st-century world.

The Library is next to the Main Building. Home to a traditional library, the building also houses four classrooms for math, English, and world languages. On week nights Study Hall is held in the Library.

High Mowing's two dormitories are home to nearly 70 boarding students. High Mowing was founded when Beulah Emmet converted her family country home into a boarding school. Now, well into the 21st century, that home-like atmosphere still exists.

Our Art Department consists of a network of aesthetically inspiring, fully-stocked studios in a wide variety of disciplines including drawing, painting, pottery, metalwork, woodwork, batik, stained glass, clay sculpture, bookbinding, weaving, and digital arts.

There are many stand-alone buildings and student spaces around our campus. From the Chapel to the Cabin, these spaces are all unique facets of the High Mowing experience.

Rolling lawns and lush gardens fill the spaces between our buildings and dormitories. Our land-based programs are based in our local landscape, and many of our academic blocks and track classes likewise draw upon our surroundings for inspiration and context.

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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).