The Waldorf Approach

Waldorf Education brings age-appropriate content and methods to each stage of a child's development. The Waldorf approach recognizes human beings as three-fold in nature—consisting of a mind, spirit, and body—and educates that entire being in preparation for a life of meaning and purpose.

By meeting the students where they are in their journey, and by infusing art into every academic setting and incorporating music and movement into the broader curriculum, the Waldorf approach offers a holistic, compassionate education for the 21st century.
Waldorf Education was founded in 1919 by the Austrian philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner. Emil Molt, owner of the Waldorf Astoria factory in Stuttgart, Germany, asked Steiner to begin a school for his employee's children. Steiner proposed a school that abandoned the industrial model of education and instead aimed to nurture the entire being.

Today, Waldorf Education is the fastest growing independent education movement in the world. The Waldorf model embraces the power of human connection in the classroom and inspires students to be life-long learners and develop their potential fully.

Developmentally appropriate education

The aim of Waldorf education is to develop each student’s unique capacities, believing those capacities are how they will fulfill their lives in a future whose contours we can glimpse only vaguely.

Waldorf schools approach education as an art to be tailored to the developmental stage of the student and the ways the student experiences life:

  • When children learn best by imitation and routine, teachers create healthy daily rhythms and model worthy behaviors , with the goal of developing strength of will sufficient to carrying the child through adversities.
  • At the time of life when children respond most to stories and relationships, teachers anchor their lessons to those rewards, with the aim of developing healthy feeling lives.
  • As students develop abstract thinking and intellectual discrimination, daily lessons cultivate those qualities, for the purpose of developing lively, discerning intellects and ethical foundations.
Waldorf education integrates the arts in all academic disciplines at all ages, for involvement in the arts has been correlated to gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about and tested. They are experienced.

Recognition by leading universities

Professors who have taught Waldorf students across academic disciplines and a wide range of campusesfrom state universities to the Ivy Leaguenote that Waldorf graduates have the ability to integrate thinking; to assimilate information as opposed to memorizing isolated facts; to be flexible, creative, and willing to take intellectual risks; and are leaders with high ethical and moral standards who take initiative and are passionate in reaching their goals.
"Being personally acquainted with a number of Waldorf students, I can say that they come closer to realizing their own potential than practically anyone I know."

–Joseph Weizenbaum,
Professor Emeritus, MIT
“Waldorf Education is not a pedagogical system but an art—the art of awakening what is actually there within the human being.”
–Rudolf Steiner
"Receive the children in reverence; educate them in love; let them go forth in freedom."
–Rudolf Steiner
“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.”
–Rudolf Steiner

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).