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Committed to Helping All Students Find Academic Success

Winter and Spring Registration will begin in January 2019

All visitors to the Continuing Education Office must enter and sign in the Main Office during school hours 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Winter/Spring 2019

2019 Winter/Spring Programs 

Look for our Spring Brochure in January and check out our new classes

The Continuing Education classes will continue and January and run through May

English as a Second Language Soule Elementary will meet from 9:30-11:00 Monday and Wednesday.  Class is free.  All levels are welcome.

Adult Basic Education will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m..Class is free.

English as a Second Language will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:30.  There are two levels of classes; beginning and intermediate.  Class is free.

Pathways for Extended Learning is a program for Adults with Disabilities.Classes meet 6:00-8:30 on Monday and Wednesday evening. Class is free.

Adult High School Diploma Program is for adult students who would like to complete a high school diploma.  English, US History, Math,  Economics and various electives are offered.  Fees may apply.

Community Enrichment classes are described in the brochure below.  Check out our new classes such as Nutrition, Meditation, Intro to Google and German.

About Us

Learning Never Stops!

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.  

Important Dates for Upcoming Events

Important Dates

November 21, 2018              No evening classes

December 17, 2018              Winter Concert 6:00 PM

December 24-January 4       Winter Break

January 7, 2018                    ESL, ABE and Pathways classes resume

February 4, 2019                   Adult High School Diploma classes start

2018-19 HiSET Testing Dates:

2018-19 Paper-Based HiSET™ Exam Schedule                      

December 11 & 13     4:00-9:00 p.m. 

March  19 & 21          4:00 -9:00 p.m.

April  16 & 18             4:00-9:00 p.m.

May  21 and 23          4:00-9:00 p.m.          

Call 603-893-7074 for an appointment or further information.

$100 testing fee must be paid at registration.

*testing fee may be raised in 2019

You must be a resident of New Hampshire and have a government issued ID such as a Driver's License or a Passport at the time of testing.

All HiSET™ payments must be Cash or Money Order Only



Contact Information

Katherine Costa
Director of Continuing  and Alternative Education




All classes are held at Salem High School unless otherwise noted.

Salem High School is located at 44 Geremonty Drive.

For driving directions please click on the Google Map Link.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refund Policy:

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.