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Spring 2024: Adult High School Diploma Program


  Winter/Spring 2024

Adult High School Diploma Program

The Adult High School Diploma Program offers classes to earn credits to complete adult high school requirements and earn a diploma. Students must be ages 16 and older and live or work in N.H to register for an Adult Diploma class with Salem Continuing Education.  New students will be asked to provide a transcript for review and meet with the Director to create a plan for completing the required classes for graduation.


To Register

All Students need to complete this link:

New Spring 2024 students only need to complete this link:


Tuition (due upon registration)

$40: 1/2 credit classes for Salem students/residents

$80: 1/2 credit classes for non Salem students/residents

$80: 1 credit classes for Salem students/residents

$160: 1 credit classes for non Salem students/residents

$40 one-time registration fee for new students to Continuing Education

$30 lab fee for Forensic Science


After School HiSET Preparation: For Students 16-18

The after school HiSET Program helps students (ages 16-18) prepare for their high school equivalency exams by providing academic support and individualized attention. Class also prepares students for the required practice tests, and assists students with setting up an ETS account and registering for the official exam.  Student enrollment is dependent upon practice test scores and a confirmed appointment for the official exam. Class meets January through June.

Class meets Monday and Wednesday, 2:45-4:30 pm, January 8- June 12, 2024, Salem High School, Banks/Rowe


Quantitative Reasoning

This math class includes different skills such as solving systems of equations, factoring basic quadratics, applications of basic quadratics, sequences (arithmetic and geometric), linear and exponential functions, and basic stats (mean, median, mode, and sampling methods). Students will be responsible for completing a project by the end of the class that is stats-based. Class is worth 1 math credit.

Class meets 15 Tuesdays, 4:00-7:00 pm, February 6-May 28, 2024, Salem High School, Boyd


Myth and Modernity

This class is for students who are interested in myths, in history, in the stories upon which our world is founded. Have you ever wondered why the Big Dipper is called the Big Dipper or why it never dips below the horizon? Or the story behind any constellation we see nightly in the sky? Do you know where the Apple logo came from and what it means? The answers to these questions are more scandalous and ominous than you might first assume, and they originate in some of the stories and works we'll cover in this class. We will pay special attention to developing close reading and critical thinking skills, clear communication, problem solving, and productive collaboration. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper and more valuable understanding of the world around them and the connection between the present and the origins of human society. Class is worth 1 English credit.

Class meets 15 Tuesdays, 5:00-8:00 pm, February 6-May 28, 2024, Salem High School, Kucker


Forensic Science

This course will provide an overview of forensic science topics using foundations of chemistry, physics, biology and experimental design. Topics to be surveyed include fingerprinting, serology, drug unit, toxicology, trace evidence, and document analysis. Through lessons, hands-on labs, case-studies and analysis of fictional crime scenarios, students will learn about proper technique, forensic tools, data collection and analysis, and how to form proper conclusions.  An additional $30 lab fee is not included.  Class is worth 1 science credit.

Class meets 15 Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30 pm, February 7-May 29, 2024, Salem High School, Jablonski



This course will look into the introduction to the grand topic of economics. With this being a large topic, we will cover the basic concepts and principles that affect our everyday life.  Starting with the definition of economics itself, we’ll explore supply and demand, markets/competition, opportunity cost, stocks, budgets, and more. We will learn to think like economists in hopes that we will leave this course with the new knowledge on how our town, community, country, and the world works through a financial perspective. Class is worth ½ economics credit.

Class meets 8 Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30, March 20-May 15, 2024, Salem High School, Torrisi


U.S. History

This course explores American History from Colonialism through the Cold War.  Students will study basic documents and concepts of American government, such as the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  Other topics include the Civil War, Immigration, Civil Rights and the Cold War.  Students will be asked to read related historical materials and write short reports or essays.  Class is worth 1 social studies credit.

Class meets 15 Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 pm, February 8-May 30, 2024, Salem High School, Cavanaugh-Fabrizio


Building Blocks of Short Fiction

This course offers an introduction to the basics of reading and writing short fiction and to the building blocks of good storytelling. Students will read a selection of short stories and participate in class discussions of the assigned stories in their historical and social contexts. We will read both together and independently, discuss specific quotes, look at the sequence of events while focusing on vocabulary, and explore point-of-view, character, and pacing. Students will apply the lessons they have learned from their readings to their writing exercises, develop skills to produce their own fiction such as characterization, dialogue, and descriptive writing of setting. Class is worth 1 English credit.

Class meets 15 Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 pm, February 8-May 30, 2024, Salem High School, Lamontagne


Step 1:  Getting Started 

Request a transcript from your last high school.

Send your transcript to Salem Continuing Education for review and make an appointment with the Director to create a plan for completing remaining credits:

Step 2:  Register for Your Class

Once you have met with the Director and created a plan for completing remaining credits, register for a class. There is a fee for classes, and a $40 one-time registration fee for new students.

A completed  registration is required for all students. If students are taking multiple classes, only one registration is needed.  Note:  classes are open to New Hampshire residents/employees only.


How to Pay for Your Class

Pay online with a credit card:        

Booktix is for payment only.  Once you are on the site, please scroll to the bottom of the page for the Adult Diploma payment options.  Please note: you will see a charge from Booktix on your credit card statement. 

Call 603-893-7074 to register over the phone with a credit card. Drop off a check or cash to the Continuing Education Office.

Mail a check to Salem Continuing Education, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079

1/2 credit class

$40 per class for Salem Students/Residents;  $80 per class for non Salem Students/Residents

1 credit class

$80 per class for Salem Students/Residents;  $160 per class for non Salem Students/Residents

Registration Fee for New Students:  For students new to the program, there is a $40 one-time registration fee.