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School for Continuing and Alternative Education 



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.  

We are seeking creative, highly-motivated instructors to share their knowledge and expertise.  If you have an area of expertise you are enthusiastic about and would like to share with the community, please complete and submit a Teaching Proposal form (see below).  We are always in need of instructors in the areas of personal interest, music, computers, arts and crafts, finance, and foreign languages. We are also in need of volunteer tutors to work individually with students on instruction in reading, writing, math, English/ESL, and preparation for the high school equivalency exam.  


High School Equivalency Exam:  Salem High School is an official High School Equivalency (HiSET) Testing Center.  Click the HiSET tab above for more information and steps needed to register for the exam.                          


Adult Basic Education/HiSET Preparation

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.  See more information on the ABE tab above.


After School HiSET Preparation

The after school HiSET Preparation class is for students 16-18 who are still enrolled in school and who are thinking of taking the high school equivalency exam or who will be taking the exam and need a review of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Free program; registration is required.  See more information on the Adult Diploma tab above. 


English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language program is designed for non-native speakers of English ages 18 and older 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.  See more information on the ESOL tab above.


Individual Tutoring:   The tutoring program offers adults (ages 18 and older) free one-to-one remote instruction in reading, writing, math, English/ESL, and preparation for the high school equivalency exam (HiSET®). If interested in working with a tutor, please call Continuing Education at 603-893-7074 or  email  


Nancy Carney Pathways for Extended Learning

This program is designed for students ages 21 or older with developmental or intellectual challenges, and offers them an opportunity to practice social skills and to stay engaged in their community. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 pm. Free program; registration is ongoing. See more information on the Pathways tab above.


Adult Diploma Classes

This program offers the opportunity for current high school students (ages 16 and older) and previous high school students to earn credits to complete high school requirements and to earn a diploma. See more information on the Adult Diploma tab above.


Enrichment Classes 

Enrichment classes are for all adults (ages 18 and older) who wish to learn new skills or develop new interests. Residents from all communities welcome!  See more information on the Enrichment Tab Above. 



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

Teaching Proposal