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Salem's Continuing and Alternative Program 

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education 

Adult Basic Education classes for students ages 18 and older. FREE classes meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 pm at Salem High School. Admission is ongoing through May 2020. To discuss which option is best for you, please call 603-893-7074.

  • HiSET Preparation Classes: Free classes will help students improve math skills in the areas of algebra, geometry, and problem solving. Writing and reading classes will cover writing organization and structure, as well as comprehension, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills. New student registration: Monday, January 6, 2020.

  • The HiSET Exam is the test administered for a NH High School Diploma. Salem Continuing Education is an official HiSET testing center and offers paper-based testing. The exam meets two days, Tuesday and Thursday, $125 (government ID is required). Students must be NH residents to take the test at this location. To earn a high school equivalency, please follow these steps:                             

  1. Take a practice test to determine if skills need improvement.

  2. Enroll in test preparation classes to build basic skills and practice test content.                                                                             

  3. Take official practice test to see if skill level is high enough to pass the exam.                                                                       

  4. Register for official HiSET exam by going to the website.                                                                                                                          

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): The E.S.L. Program offers four classes for adults 18 years and older.   New student  registration: Monday, January 6, 2020.

ESOL Classes:

All Levels: meets Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 am. Admission is on-going; classes meet through May 2020.

Beginning English: meets Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 pm. Admission is on-going; classes meet through May 2020.

Intermediate/Advanced English: meets Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 pm. Admission is on-going; classes meet through May 2020.               

Conversation Practice: meets 6 Saturdays, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, March 6-April 10, 2020.


  • Pathways for Extended Learning: The mission of this program is to provide opportunities for adults (ages 21 and older) with developmental disabilities to stay engaged in their community and continue to learn and grow. Instruction is offered in basic academic and daily living skills. Admission is ongoing through May 2020. Winter classes begin January 6, 2020.


Important Dates this Fall

HiSET Practice Tests

Take a practice test prior to taking the official exam.   Practice tests are administered every other Thursday anytime from 4-8:00 pm. $25 to be paid at time of registration.  Pre-registration is required; call Continuing Education at 603-893-7074. 

HiSET Paper-Based Exam:

Pre-registration is required. Testing meets two days (Tue/Thurs) and is scheduled to start at 4:00 pm.  We ask that test takers arrive early to complete the registration process. 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.  Please note that cell phones are not allowed in the testing room.  $125 testing fee to be paid at time of registration. Payments in cash or money order only.  Call 603-893-7074 for an appointment or further information.

Exam Dates:

December 17 and 19, 2019, 4:00-8:00 pm (registration deadline: December 11)

January 14 and 16, 2019, 4:00-8:00 pm (registration deadline: January 8)


Spring 2020: Enrichment Program

Spring 2020

Look for our Spring 2020 brochure very soon! Classes begin February 10, 2020.

Call 893-7074 to register with a credit card (online registration is not available)


Our spring term begins February 10, 2020. Look for the brochure in early January. Register early so you are not closed out of your favorite course!  Enrichment classes are open to residents of Salem and neighboring communities who are at least 16 years old.

  • All classes meet at Salem High School. Classroom numbers will be posted at the first class.
  • 15% senior discount for students ages 65 and over (excludes text/material fees and classes $10 or less).
  • New Saturday classes meeting 9:00 am-12:00 noon
  • Do not come days: February 24-28; April 27-30; May 25, 2020.

About Us

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 classes and strive to meet a wide variety of student needs. Participants in our programs come from diverse backgrounds and help make this program an important community resource. Each year over 700 students walk through our doors to earn credits towards a high school diploma, to learn English, develop new skills and strengthen basic academic skills, and to meet others in the community.  The core mission of our program is to offer quality educational programs for learners of all ages and backgrounds and to help them reach their academic and personal goals.  One of the most inspiring programs we offer is for students with developmental disabilities who wish to continue learning and socializing 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. The cost per credit is $160, plus a one-time $40 registration fee.

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 educational opportunities leading to acquiring basic literacy, employment, postsecondary education, and training.  Adult Basic Education also helps students prepare to take the HiSET exam (formerly the GED).  Salem High School is an official HiSET Testing Center.  Free program.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE:  The English as a Second Language program is designed for non-native speakers of English and offers several levels of instruction to students of all ages and 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 own level and have multiple opportunities to practice their language skills. Free program.

PATHWAYS FOR EXTENDED LEARNING:  This program is designed for students ages 21 or older with developmental or intellectual challenges who wish to improve basic academic and socialization skills.  A dedicated group of teachers and staff members work alongside students as they participate in activities that align with their abilities.  Special projects may include cooking, crafts, storytelling, and life skills. Free program.

COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT:  Community Enrichment classes are for adults ages 16 and older who wish to learn new skills or develop new interests. Classes range from yoga, knitting, tai chi, exercise, computers, or financial planning.  Tuition varies. 

Visitor Information

All classes meet at Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem NH 03079.

During school hours, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm, all visitors will need to enter through Salem High's Main Entrance. Students will be required to show a valid ID and to sign in at the Main Office.  After school hours, 2:30 and on, visitors are welcome to enter through the high school's Performing Arts Entrance. Once inside, the Continuing Education Office (603-893-7074) is located down the first hallway on the left. Classroom numbers will be posted by the Performing Arts entrance. 

For driving directions please click here.

Fall 2019: High School Diploma Program

Adult High School Diploma

The High School Diploma Program offers the opportunity for current and previous high school students to earn an accredited Salem School District High School Diploma. Each semester, courses are offered in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English, as well as some electives that meet the graduation requirements for a high school diploma.

The cost per credit is $160 (some classes may have an additional lab fee). There is a one-time registration fee of $40. 

Classes meet 15 sessions, starting the week of September 16, 2019.

Fall 2019 Course Offering


  •  Introduction to Economics  (Social Studies), 15 Mondays, 5:00-8:00 pm, begins September 16, 2019
  • Work Life Skills  (Elective), 15 Mondays, 5:00-8:00 pm, begins September 16, 2019


  •  Introduction to Literature  (English), 15 Tuesdays, 5:00-8:00 pm, begins September 17, 2019
  • Introduction to Chemistry (Science), 15 Tuesdays, 5:00-8:00 pm, begins September 17, 2019


  •  Pop Culture  (Elective), 15 Wednesdays, 5:00-8:00 pm, begins September 18, 2019
  •  Statistics/Probability (Math), 15 Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 pm, begins September 18, 2019


  • Writing and Grammar Skills  (English), 15 Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 pm, begins September 19, 2019
  • U.S. History (History), 15 Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 pm, begins September 19, 2019
  • Film and Literature (English), 15 Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 pm, begins September 19, 2019


Contact Information

Salem Continuing and Alternative Education

Phone: 603-893-7074

Claudia Dell'Anno, Director,, ext. 5304

Nadine Spates, Administrative Assistant,, ext 5317

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refund Policy:

Enrichment Classes

  • A course may be canceled if there is insufficient enrollment. In that instance, a full refund will be issued. The credit card processing fee is nonrefundable.

  • If students withdraw at least five business days (Monday-Friday) prior to the start of the class, they may receive a refund (minus a $10 administrative fee). The credit card processing fee is nonrefundable.

  • Once classes begin, no refunds will be granted. No refunds will be granted for missed or unattended classes. 

Adult High School Diploma

  • A course may be canceled if there is insufficient enrollment. In that instance, a full refund will be issued. The credit card processing fee is nonrefundable.

  • If students withdraw at least five business days (Monday-Friday) prior to the start of the class, they may receive a refund (minus a $10 administrative fee). The credit card processing fee is nonrefundable.

  • Students who withdraw after the first class, will be eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds will be given after the second class meeting.