Northshore Recovery High School

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


Program Overview


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.

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: 

STEP 1: Initial Contact

To obtain our application and to schedule a tour, please contact:

Ana Lanzilli 

Administrative Assistant

Northshore Recovery High School

Phone: 978-922-3305 ext. 1600


STEP 2: Tour and Information Session

Tours are scheduled on Thursday mornings between 9:00 am and noon.  Tours typically take about 15 minutes.  This visit needs to be scheduled in advance through the school principal (see contact information in Step 1).  Please note: you do not need to complete the Student Information Packet or bring any other documentation to the tour unless you also want to be interviewed at this time.

STEP 3: Application and Required Documentation

Student Information Packet must be returned with all required documentation as listed on the form.  Please send completed forms to us via fax, email or mail to:

Ana Lanzilli 

Administrative Assistant

Northshore Recovery High School

Phone: 978-922-3305 ext. 1600


STEP 4: Interview

Parents/guardians must accompany prospective students to the Interview.  These meetings are generally 45 minutes and are scheduled on Thursday mornings between 9:00 am and noon.  A review of the Student Information Packet along with the additional documentation will be conducted at this time.  Students will be expected to talk about their commitment to recovery and their commitment to academics.  Please note: tours and interviews can be scheduled for the same day provided we have a completed Student Information Packet and all required documentation.

Documentation Needed at Intake:

  1. Most recent psycho-social assessment (clinical evaluation)

  2. All high school academic transcripts

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

  4. MCAS scores/SAT scores if applicable

  5. Health insurance card (front & back)

  6. Immunization records

  7. Most recent physical (within the last 12 months)

STEP 5: Enrollment Decisions

The Enrollment Review Team will meet to discuss the potential student, after all documents have been received.

  • If the student is eligible for enrollment and NRHS believes they can help the student meet their educational and recovery goals, we will contact their parent/guardian with a start date.

  • If the student is not eligible for enrollment, the principal or her designee will meet with the parents/guardian and the student and discuss appropriate alternatives.