The Vision: 

To negotiate, at the idividual and district level, alternative pathways to school completion so that all students complete a high school education.


The Mission: 

The mission of North Star is to prevent students from dropping out of school and to recover students who have dropped out by:

  • working directly with students and families in order to attain a meaningful education and a satisfying career 
  • building our schools' and communities' capacity to engage and retain students at the margin 
  • being a repository for new thinking on dropout prevention and recovery 

 The Beliefs: 

  • Dropping out of school is a problem with living, not a pathology 
  • Problems with living are often best addressed within the environment in which they arose 
  • Problems with living result from a mismatch between the unique characteristics of an individual and the settings in which the individual finds himself or herself. 
  • Encouragement is a fundamental to releasing a student's imagination and creativity in order to negotiate a successful education and career 

 The Staff: 

 Dr. Charles A. Ott: Certified counselor and school psychologist. Retired Superintendent of Schools for SAU 56 (Somersworth/Rollinsford) 
 Jill A Heath, MSW: Social worker and educator with experience in public and alternative school settings 

 Visit the links below for important information relating to our North Star program 

 Dover Adult Learning Center of Strafford County 
 Visit NH Outlook Archives to view the Sept. 7, 2005 Segment on High School Dropouts