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Continuing and Alternative Education: Home

Committed to Helping All Students Find Academic Success

Salem's Continuing and Alternative Program 

Our Fall Online 2020 program is open for registration!


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 hundreds of students walk through our doors to earn credits towards a high school diploma, to learn English, to develop new skills, to strengthen basic academic skills, to learn a new hobby, and to meet others in the community. 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. The core mission of our program is to offer quality educational programs to learners of all ages and backgrounds and to help them reach their academic and personal goals.  


Our Fall 2020 Program is Open for Registration!

Our programs include:

English as a Second Language:  Remote classes begin September 16, 2020.  See more information on the ESL tab above. The English as a Second Language program is designed for non-native speakers of English ages 18 plus and who are not enrolled in school, and offers several levels of instruction.  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. Pre-registration is required:


Adult High School Diploma:  In person and remote classes begin the week of September 14, 2020.  See the list of classes and schedules on the Adult Diploma tab above. 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. Pre-registration is required:


Adult Basic Education/HiSET Preparation:  Remote classes begin September 14, 2020. See more information on the ABE tab above.  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.  Adult Basic Education is designed to provide educational opportunities leading to acquiring basic literacy, employment, postsecondary education, and training, and also helps students prepare to take the HiSET exam. Free program.  Classes begin the week of September 14, 2020.  Pre-registration is required:


HiSET:  Salem High School is an official HiSET Testing Center (paper-based test).  October 2020 Dates:  Tuesday and Thursday, October 27 and 29, 2020.  Pre-registration is required. See more information on the ABE/HiSET tab.


Pathways for Extended LearningRemote classes begin September 16, 2020.  This program is designed for students ages 21 or older with developmental or intellectual challenges the opportunity to practice social skills and to stay engaged in their community.  Free program; pre-registration is required by calling 603-893-7074.


Enrichment Classes:  Remote classes begin the week of September 21, 2020.  See the list of classes on the Enrichment tab above. Community Enrichment classes are for adults ages 16 and older who wish to learn new skills or develop new interests. 


Please contact Salem Continuing and Alternative Education: 603-893-7074.  The Continuing Education office is located in Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH.