For over 40 years the Continuing and Alternative Education program at Salem High School has offered a wide variety of programs and services to the Greater Salem Community. Our teachers and staff take great pride in our program and strive to meet a wide variety of student needs. The students who participate in this program come from diverse backgrounds that help make this program an important community resource. Each year at least 750 students walk through our doors to earn credits towards a high school diploma, learn English, develop a new skill or strengthen basic academic skills. The core mission of the program is to offer quality educational programs for learners of all ages and backgrounds to help them reach their academic and personal goals. One of our most inspiring programs we offer is one for students with developmental disabilities to keep learning and socialize with others in a classroom setting.
Our programs include:
ADULT HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA: This program is for students who wish to complete their high school diploma, recover credits or prepare to meet college entrance requirements. Students must meet all graduation requirements and will then receive an Alternative High School diploma which is recognized by military, colleges and employers. Adult students may also brush-up on their Algebra, Biology or Chemistry knowledge in order to meet admission requirements for health care programs at local colleges.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION: Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs serve students ages 18 and over who are not enrolled in school and who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, math, listening, and speaking. ABE is designed to provide free educational opportunities leading to acquiring basic literacy, employment, postsecondary education, and training. Adult Basic Education will also help students prepare to take the HiSET exam (formerly the GED). Salem High School is an official HiSET Testing Center.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: The English as a Second Language program is designed for non-native speakers of English. We offer several levels of instruction to people of all ages from all over the world. The instructional focus is on providing students the opportunity to speak, write, listen and read English. Students will work at their level and have multiple opportunities to practice their language skills.
PATHWAYS FOR EXTENDED LEARNING: This is designed for students with developmental or intellectual challenges improve basic academic and socialization skills. A dedicated group of teachers and staff members work alongside the students as they participate in activities that align with their abilities. Special projects include cooking, crafts, storytelling and life skills.
COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT: The Community Enrichment classes are for all adults who wish to learn a new skill or develop a new interest. Classes range from Yoga, Knitting, Tai Chi, Photography, Computer or Financial Planning. Prices and class locations vary.
August 15 Registration for Adult High School Diploma classes
September 11 Classes begin for Adult High School Diploma
September 20 Registration for English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education classes
October 24 and 26 HiSET Testing 4-9 Salem High School Pre-registration required
December 12 and 14 HiSET Testing 4-9 Salem High School Pre-registration required
All classes are held at Salem High School unless otherwise noted.
Salem High School is located at 44 Geremonty Drive.
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For Community Enrichment classes a refund minus a $10 administrative fee will be issued if a student withdraws at least one week prior to the first class. Refunds will not be issued to students who register for a class but do not attend.
For Adult High School Diploma classes a full refund will be given if a student withdraws one week prior to the first class minus a $10 administrative fee. Students who withdraw the first week of class will be eligible for a 50% refund. No refund will be given after the second class meeting.