High School Students

If your child is having a difficult time negotiating high school there are a number of programs in place for to help students who are foundering or at-risk of dropping out. The school district runs a number of different programs that offer alternative learning environments and opportunities to recover credits when students have failed. There are also a number of partnership programs with community-based organizations that help kids deal with difficult life situations and help them with career planning.

Alternative Education Programs

Manchester Summer School -- Housed at West High School, the summer school provides middle and high school students an opportunity to repeat up to 2 classes and recover two credits. A referral letter is required from the home school for students to receive credit for completed coursework. A fee of $145 is charged per course to Manchester students. Non- residents are charged $175 per course.
Contact guidance office

Credit Recovery Programs

PLATO -- On-line courses completed during school hours which allow high school students to finish coursework or recover credits.

Contact guidance office

Summer school website:


MY Turn (America’s Youth Teen Unemployment Reduction Network) -- This program offers career and post-secondary education planning at Central High School.

Ages 14-21
Contact Wendy Jimenez 624-6363

NH-JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates-NH) -- New Hampshire Jobs for America's Graduates (NH-JAG) is a statewide program developed to ensure youth earn their high school credential and are prepared for careers after graduation or High School Equivalency completion. NH-JAG offers high school programs for students still enrolled in school and out-of-school programs for those who have already graduated or those who have dropped out of school.
NH-JAG offers a variety of services including academic support to achieve secondary and post-secondary education goals, employment skills training, leadership development, scholarship opportunities, financial literacy, and paid work opportunities.
Eligible participants must meet the following qualifications:
• Age 16-24
• NH resident
• Must be withdrawn from school (18+); OR
• A high school graduate who is low income; OR
• Currently enrolled in high school but not attending for the past 45 days or more.
Other qualifying factors may be required depending on school status.
For further information about the out-of-school program please contact:
Seth Window at 603-206-8126 or
For more info about the in-school program at Memorial High School, please contact Amy Darrigo at

TAP (Truancy Alternative Program) -– The YMCA offers a safe, structured alternative to hanging out at home or on the streets for students who have been expelled or suspended.

Grades 6-10
Contact Katie Asaro at 232-8613

Upward Bound -- This is a college access program that provides guidance and support for students who are low income and the first in their families to attend college. Recruitment of 9th and 10 graders takes place in the fall at the 3 high schools. Most referrals come from teachers or guidance counselors, but you may refer your child by

Contacting Upward Bound at 862-1563.

HiSET® (the High School Equivalency Test) --Preparation for the HiSET® (the High School Equivalency Test) exam is available to help non-traditional students take the next step toward a college degree or a rewarding career.

Barbara Gardner, Director of Adult & Community Learning
Phone: 603.703.0236/Fax:603.703.0196;
521 Maple St., Manchester, NH 03104
Office Hours: 8:30-4:30 Monday –Friday
Visit for updates on class offerings and schedules.

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