Basic Facts

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How many students attend HMS?

    We have 120 students in the high school. Classes start with 18-20 students in the freshman year and can grow to 35 students.
  • Q. Where do HMS students come from?

    Our current students come from 15 states: California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Texas, and Oregon. We also have international students from Canada, France, Germany, China, Spain, Mexico, Austria and Switzerland.

    While roughly 60 percent of our students have attended a Waldorf school in the past, we enroll students from all educational backgrounds—including other independent schools, public schools and home-based education.
  • Q. To which associations does HMS belong?

    We hold accreditations by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and AWSNA (high school only; lower school in process). We are members of the Association of Waldorf Schools in North America (AWSNA), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Independent Schools of Northern New England (ISANNE).
  • Q. Does HMS have a religious affliation?

    No, we support and respect religious freedom and welcome students from all religious backgrounds.
  • Q. What do High Mowing alumni do after graduation?

    The vast majority of our students go on to colleges and universities in the United States or abroad. Some take a year to travel or volunteer prior to attending college.

Admission Process

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Does High Mowing require a standardized admissions test?

    No. We rely on Math, English and guidance references, transcripts and the parent and student questionnaires, as well as your personal interview. We will also ask you to take a placement test to help us determine your appropriate level in our Math program.
  • Q. When is the best time to visit the school?

    You may tour High Mowing, by appointment, at any time throughout the year. 

    Admissions visits are scheduled in the fall of the student’s 8th grade year for those anticipating Grade 9 acceptance. We welcome all interested 7th graders to campus for a tour and to meet our staff year-round. 
  • Q. How far in advance should I apply?

    We highly recommend that all applicants submit their applications in the fall of the year prior to enrollment. 
    Applications for the coming school year are due February 1.  We will inform you of our decision by March 10. Applications for admission received after February 1 are welcome and we will accept your application on a rolling basis, as space allows.  After March 10 we will notify applicants of our admissions decision within two weeks after a completed application has been received.
  • Q. When do you announce admissions decisions?

    All students that apply before February 1 will hear from the admissions office on March 10.
  • Q. How do I apply for financial aid?

    You may apply online. If your family demonstrates need, a financial aid award will be determined and announced at the time of your acceptance, or shortly thereafter. Visit our financial aid page for more information.

The Classroom Experience

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is a Block Class?

    These are the first classes of the day and they meet for one and half hours each morning. Block classes treat nine different subjects over the course of the year; each subject is studied for 3 or 4 weeks. Each “Block” focuses on specific areas of study and all students in each grade attend the same Block classes together. Block classes present the core curriculum in History, Literature, Drama, Math and the Sciences.
  • Q. What is a Track Class?

    Each student attends four track classes per day. Each class meets for 50 minutes. They are skills-based and are taken in a certain sequence (such as Algebra I and Algebra II). Track classes are comprised of students with similar levels of ability and can include students from different grades. All academic track classes are a year in length. Track classes in the Arts can be taken for one, two, or three trimesters.
  • Q. What is the average class size?

    Block classes include all of the students in a particular grade. The average size of a track class is 10, however some classes are comprised of as few as 5 students, allowing for lively and personalized learning.
  • Q. Are Honors Classes offered?

    Some track classes offer an Honors Challenge. Typically, the teacher provides written documentation at the start of these courses, outlining the extra work required to earn “honors” status. This challenge generally entails additional homework and a greater degree of independent work. In addition, the student must earn a grade of B- or above to receive the honors designation on their transcript.
  • Q. Does HMS offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) program?

    Yes, there is a full ESL Program. However, we require entering students to have a working ability to speak, write and read English. Our ESL classes are meant to augment vocabulary and to support students at the intermediate level.
  • Q. Is there much homework?

    We believe that homework should support the classroom experience, not replace it. On average, homework takes about two hours per day.
  • Q. What is a typical day like?

    Click here to see the typical daily schedule.

The Boarding Experience

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What are the advantages of a boarding school?

    A key advantage is that one’s social life is centered right here, on campus. This is true for both boarding and day students. It means that friends are close by and available to study, converse or relax with. Lifelong friendships begin at High Mowing.

    As a boarding school, High Mowing is a learning community. Here, each student is surrounded by faculty and staff dedicated to their success — in the classroom and outside. The Association for Boarding Schools (TABS) has outlined the many strengths of today's boarding schools.
  • Q. What are the dorms like? What are my options for roomates?

    Starting with a desk, a raised twin bed, a dresser, and closet, students fashion their rooms to reflect their own personalities. In each dorm, students gather in the common space hang out, play instruments or enjoy a game of pool. On occasion, there are “internet cafés” in the dorms: students munch on homemade treats and tea or coffee while they study. On Sunday evenings, residents meet together to plan events and discuss dorm matters with the staff. Each wing in the dorm has its own bathroom, with private showers and toilets.

    Dorm rooms may be shared or private, depending on a number of factors. Initially, dorm counselors pair roommates with one another. Seniors have their own rooms, unless they choose otherwise.
  • Q. How many dorm counselors are there and what do they do?

    Two dorm counselors live in apartments within each dormitory. The dorm counselors are there to facilitate activities and to promote a safe, healthy, home-like environment.
  • Q. What is the Wilton area like?

    Wilton, NH is a small, charming New England town. High Mowing is located at the top of a hill, offering beautiful views in a rural setting, yet a thriving small-town downtown is within walking distance. Nashua, NH is located 15 miles east and offers all the amenities of a metropolitan area. Peterborough, NH is a few miles to the west and is a thriving arts center. Wilton is ideally situated in that less than two hours drive can find you in Boston, the seacoast, or the mountains.


Contact the Admissions Office

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).