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Continuing and Alternative Education: Home

Committed to Helping All Students Find Academic Success

Salem's Continuing and Alternative Program 

Spring 2021 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.  

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.  Classes and tutoring sessions meet remotely and are held throughout the year. 


Our Spring 2021 Program Is Open for Registration!

NEW!   Individual Tutoring:   The tutoring program offers adults 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


English as a Second Language:  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:

NEW!  Friday Current Events, meets remotely, 9:00 am-10:30 am. To register:


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. Once students meet all graduation requirements they will the 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. Our Winter/Spring term begins February 2021: Pre-registration is required:


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. Free program.  Remote classes run through May 2021. Pre-registration is required:


High School Equivalency Exam:  Salem High School is an official High School Equivalency (HiSET) Testing Center (paper-based test). See more information on the ABE tab above and the steps needed to register for the exam.

  • May 2021:  Tuesday and Thursday, May 25 & 27, 2021, 3:30 pm


Pathways for Extended Learning:  This remote 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.  


Enrichment Classes:  Remote 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:  The Continuing Education office is located in Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH. 

Teaching Proposal