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, 2006 with the support of Northshore Education Consortium and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health & DESE.  NSRHS meets the diverse academic and recovery and mental health 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.




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.


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Program Details

  • Serve students ages 14-21 with substance use disorder diagnosis

  • Provide strong support for families and opportunities for parent involvement

  • Highly qualified, DESE licensed staff

  • Create individualized recovery plans

  • Offer individual and group recovery counseling

  • Follow comprehensive academic curriculum consistent with MA Frameworks

  • Provide MCAS testing

  • Follow DESE regulations for students with 504s and IEPs – including those who have needed out of district placements for SED

  • Work closely with sending districts to comply with graduation requirements

  • Award diplomas from sending districts

  • Offer smaller class sizes

  • Serve approximately 30-50 students

  • Jointly funded by the MA-DPH & local school districts

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.




Students can be referred by school districts, families, treatment providers, youth-serving state agencies and juvenile justice. All students need to follow the following steps to complete the process: 

  1. All potential students will need to meet with the intake team for the initial screening process. The student and family/guardian will need to contact NRHS for a tour and brief informational meeting with the intake team. Contact Northshore Recovery High School directly for more information on the enrollment process.

  2. Once the intake team has determined the student is an appropriate placement, the parent/guardian will complete the release forms for the staff to contact the sending district to gather additional information, determine placement change, acquire appropriate records, and request transportation.

  3. Confirm that the student has all necessary documentation for enrollment.

The following documentation is required by the acceptance date:

  • Most recent psycho-social assessment (clinical evaluation)

  • All high school academic transcripts

  • Special education plan (e.g. IEP, 504 plan) if applicable

  • MCAS scores/SAT scores if applicable

  • Health insurance card (front & back)

  • Birth Certificate*

  • Social Security Card*

  • Immunization records

  • Most recent physical

    *all copies can be made at NRHS