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.
We are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are required to perform 15 hours of community service per school year, but many spend considerably more time with individual or group service projects. Service work may entail serving food at a soup kitchen, assisting with admissions visits on campus, teaching young children to knit, blazing trails in a nature preserve, or a range of other activities.
Wilton, NH is a small, charming New England town. High Mowing is located at the top of a hill, offering beatiful 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.
Applications for the 2017-18 school year are accepted on a rolling basis.