Since it opened its doors in 1942, High Mowing School has welcomed students from around the world— most recently from Bali, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland. About 30% of our students come from outside the United States to create an international community of learners in the heart of New England, USA. At HMS, international students find a welcoming, home-like school environment and a faculty committed to helping each student succeed in school and in life. High Mowing School is the only Waldorf high school in the United States that offers a boarding program.

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    Our curriculum provides a strong foundation for higher, College education while also giving students the freedom to study subjects of their own interest. We offer a high level of academic learning in language arts, math, and science that prepares our students well for college. Our academic learning is taught in creative ways, and integrated with fine arts, theater, world languages, sports, and social activities which prepares our students well for life after high school.

    HMS offers a strong College Counselling program, with a team available to students as they prepare their next step into higher education. After graduating from HMS, our international students have moved on to college to study at Oxford College (UK), Smith College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston University, Penn State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Washington State University, Purdue University, University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, University College London, and University of Illinois.

    Our graduates think for themselves and approach life creatively. They are confident in their own capacities and recognize opportunities. They are not afraid to meet life’s challenges. Guided by a strong inner moral compass, they form lasting relationships and are valued contributors to their communities and professions.

    Our school day starts at 7:45 am with breakfast, and classes begin at 9:00 am. After our school day ends at 4:00 pm, students can chose activities and classes such as sports or art classes before dinner. We offer elective evening classes after dinner four evenings per week. Students complete their homework in study hall, offered every day. On weekends, our boarding students study, enjoy social activities with their friends, outings, sports, and relaxation.

    Our International Students Become Fluent in English
    We fully understand the challenges our international students face as they travel far from home and undertake studies in a foreign language. It is very important to us that they receive the support they need to be comfortable in their new environment. Our ESL Program supports students in their mastery of the English language. International students new to our school are enrolled in our standard ESL Program (English as a Second Language) which includes participation in:
    • Intensive English language classes four times a week - reading of level-appropriate selections from literature, grammar review, intensive vocabulary studies, and writing practice. 
    • ESL-level survey of American history. This class is offered every other year to freshmen and sophomores only.
    Fees for our Standard ESL Program are included in our tuition.

    English Requirements
    HMS does not require TOEFL or SLEP testing, but a basic understanding of English is necessary to participate in classes. Most international students are asked to participate in our English as a Second Language (ESL) program at either the intermediate or advanced level. Our admissions application and the admissions interview help us determine each applicant’s level of English proficiency.
  • ... FEEL AT HOME

    "High Mowing was a home before it was a school—and becoming a school it still stayed a home." -Mrs. Emmet, founder

    High Mowing School is located on a hilltop in New Hampshire, on over 300 acres of pristine forest and farm land. Not too far from small villages and towns, yet set apart from our busy world, our campus is beautiful, quiet, and very safe. Students enjoy breathing our pure air, eating our natural, healthy fresh homemade food which includes our students’ favorite dishes from home. We serve a full breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack, and dinner in our beautiful natural setting. Our Residential Life Faculty creates a home-like environment for our boarding students, and pair first-year international students with an American roommate to support their learning of English. Our school community is small enough that everyone gets to know, encourage, and support one another.

    As part of a small, friendly, and vibrant school community, our students develop a deep love of learning. They are immersed in a remarkably supportive social environment where they develop strong identities and self-awareness. Engaged in a curriculum designed to meet their developmental needs, they grow into well-rounded and competent adults.
  • ... THRIVE

    Our faculty recognizes the unique potential of each of our students and cultivates their individual interests. Students are strongly encouraged to explore many subjects and develop new capacities and skills. The arts are integrated into the curriculum, with many opportunities to develop skills in the fine and performing arts. After classes end in the mid-afternoon, students are encouraged to try new activities including clubs, art studios, and sports such as for example soccer, basketball, ultimate frisbee, cross-country and downhill skiing, horseback riding, and much more.

Student Reflections

    • HMS-China Program (in Mandarin)

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).