Northshore Recovery High School

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“Working to create and maintain a safe and respectful recovery community through education, community and accountability”

Northshore Recovery High School (NSRHS) opened its doors in September, 2007 with the support of Northshore Education Consortium and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  NSRHS meets the diverse academic and recovery needs of students who have a diagnosed substance use disorder.  Staff at Northshore Recovery High School are committed to providing students and their families with the support necessary  so that students can complete their high school education and receive a diploma in an environment that supports the individual’s unique recovery needs.  

Mission Statement: Education, Community & Accountability

NSRHS provides recovering students a safe and supportive community in an academic and therapeutic environment.   NSRHS fosters an ethic of honesty and mutual respect, promoting accountability to oneself and to the community, and prepares students for higher education, military service or employment.




Students can be referred by schools, parents, courts/state agencies, drug & alcohol treatment agencies and residential programs. Referrals must be supported by the student’s local school district and students must interview with NSRHS team for admission. The final decision for student acceptance will reside with NSRHS. Students must be of high school age and 30 days sober upon admission. They must have a recent diagnosis of a substance abuse disorder, committed to an individual plan of recovery and, along with their parents, must be willing to sign an accountability contract. Students from the Northshore Education Consortium’s seventeen member districts will receive priority for entrance but all students will be considered for admission based on their individual needs.

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The staff of the Recovery High School believes that team collaboration is essential to maximize each student’s level of independence, development of functional life skills and academic achievement.

Various services and therapies are integrated within the classroom setting, offering a more intensive model of support and intervention.


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Program Details

  • NSRHS aligns their curriculum with the Massachusetts Frameworks, MCAS testing protocols and the course/matriculation requirements of Northshore Education Consortium’s member districts.
  • While not a DESE approved special education day placement, individual special education needs will be addressed by licensed staff, if possible.
  • A student will be deemed eligible for graduation by their sending school district. The NSRHS staff will be responsible for coordinating requirements and credits needed for graduation from sending districts.
  • Students’ participation in their local high school’s academic or extra-curricular activities will be determined on an individual basis.
  • NSRHS will collaborate with school districts, DCF, DYS, probation, therapists, doctors, and additional community partners when communicating changes in student behavior.

Creating a Recovery Community

  • Throughout the day, students are expected to attend psycho-social groups which address substance use, trauma, relationships, accountability, transition, grief and loss, healthy choices, self-esteem, bullying, stigma, and co-occurring disorders.
  • Students are encouraged to take part in the peer to peer recovery support.
  • Staff and students understand that addiction is a chronic disease and follow the evidence-based practices which address the comprehensive needs of adolescents diagnosed with a SUD.