High Mowing School

222 Isaac Frye Highway,
Wilton, NH 03086
Tel: (603)654-2391 x 109
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 112 students
"Established in 1942, High Mowing is the oldest Waldorf high school in North America and the only one to offer a boarding program.
The school couples challenging academics with arts, music and theater.
While students come to High Mowing from Waldorf schools all over the world, one does not have to have former Waldorf school experience.
About 40% of the students at High Mowing are new to Waldorf education."

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
High Mowing School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1942 1909
Campus Size 125 acres acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 112 students 295 students
% Students of Color 6%% 19%
% International Students 14%% 20%
% Students Boarding 50%% 67%
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Less than once a month Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:4 1:7
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 50%% 66%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $1 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$42,100 $47,790
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$26,400 $26,400
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$39,500 $36,800
% Students on Financial Aid 45%% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $14,000 $20,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Dec. 31 / rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 85%% 57%
Director of Admissions Patricia Meissner  
Associate Director of Admissions Tony Victor  


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 4 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer


Total Extracurricular Organizations 5 25
ExtracurricularsAll-School Play, Hatha Yoga, Rock Climbing, Sinfonietta, Ultimate Frisbee

College Matriculation

Year: 2007-2010 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of New Hampshire 5
Eckerd College 4
University of Vermont 3
Bennington College 2
Clark University 2
Hampshire College 2
Mount Holyoke College 2
New York University 2
Savannah College of Art & Design 2
Smith College 2

School Notes:

  • High Mowing is the oldest Waldorf high school in North America and the only one to offer a boarding program. In 1942, Mrs. Beulah Emmet, inspired by the work and thought of Rudolf Steiner, converted her family country home into a Waldorf high school. The old and charming hilltop farm ideally suited the warm, home-like atmosphere she sought for her students, and it even suggested the school’s name (mowing is an old New England term for \"hayfield\"). Since that time, High Mowing has offered teenagers the unique combination of Waldorf education and community living (9th to 12th Grade).
  • In the 1970s, the school formed a partnership with Pine Hill Waldorf School (an elementary Waldorf school now located just across the road) to offer a complete K-12 Waldorf program in Wilton, New Hampshire.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Hampshire Country School (11.1 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • RindgeHampshire Country School
    28 Patey Circle
    11.1 mi | 22 students | Gr. 3-12
  • AshburnhamCushing Academy
    39 School Street, P.O. Box 8000
    15.3 mi | 400 students | Gr. 9-12
  • GrotonGroton School
    282 Farmers Row, Box 991
    16.7 mi | 381 students | Gr. 8-12
  • DublinDublin School
    18 Lehmann Way, PO Box 522
    17.2 mi | 150 students | Gr. 9-12
  • GrotonLawrence Academy
    26 Powderhouse Road, PO Box 992
    978 448 1530
    17.4 mi | 401 students | Gr. 9-12
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