Welcome to Salem!

“Who am I? Which path should I take to lead a happy and fulfilled life?“

Even the very best school cannot answer these two key questions for you. At Salem, however, we are not only interested in who you are when you join our community. We are also curious who you would like to be tomorrow, and what kind of future you dream of. Because we take your dreams seriously, we do not intend our cosmopolitan grammar and boarding school in the South of Germany to be a comfortable paradise. We have organized Salem as a small Polis which provides all kinds of opportunities to discover your strengths as a member of a multinational school community and which enables you after 8 years to take the examination for either the German Abitur or the International Baccalaureate.

As far as the educational concept is concerned, Schule Schloss Salem draws upon the rich Judaeo-Christian and humanistic traditions of Europe and aspires, as defined by its founder Kurt Hahn, to build characters which are able and willing to take on responsibility for themselves and others.
If you would like to find out more about the specific academic, social and physical challenges that students from more than 40 different nations learn to cope with in order to shape their future as independent thinkers with confidence, creativity and strong will power, please do explore the diverse world of Schule Schloss Salem presented on this website, or come to Germany and visit us in the beautiful region of Lake Constance.

Bernd Westermeyer
Headmaster of Schule Schloss Salem

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6th March 2020
Information event in Münster

6th - 7th March 2020
Information event in Friedrichshafen
(Fair Bildung & Karriere Bodensee)

11th March 2020
Information event in Munich

18th March 2020
Information event in Berlin

25th March 2020
Information event in Stuttgart

26th - 28th March 2020
Taster days Years 5 - 11

31st March 2020
Information event in Frankfurt

25th April 2020
Open house day

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We are Salem

Salem is more than a good school

  • Intensive pastoral care in the boarding school (approx. 95 percent of students are boarders)
  • Small class sizes (with an average of 16 students)
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • International Classes in Years 8 – 10 and International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Broad range of foreign languages
  • Socially oriented service groups and artisan guilds
  • Outdoor education
  • Supervised study hour and academic support programmes
  • Extensive sports curriculum and extracurricular sports programmes
  • Extraordinary learning environment near Lake Constance
  • Large libraries with extensive German and international literature
  • State-recognized [or: Baden-Württemberg] Abitur or International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Career and university counselling by school-based specialists
  • Extensive and highly renown alumni network in Germany  and abroad
  • Character development and education for responsible leadership
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Kathrin de Francisco
Assistant to Admissions Office

Tel.: +49 7553 919-352
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Scholarships at Schule Schloss Salem

Children and adolescents who want to know what they can achieve, who want to expand their horizon and their talents and who want to put their efforts into the service of a multinational community of young people, are invited to apply for a scholarship at Schule Schloss Salem near Lake Constance. It is possible to apply for a partial scholarship throughout the year.

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International Students and Brexit

Schule Schloss Salem. A boarding school education for our times

Schule Schloss Salem was established in 1920 with very clear objectives: to foster senses of duty, responsibility and political literacy in its members - students, teachers and support staff alike. 100 years later these ideals are as relevant as ever, if not more so. Always with an outward-looking, inclusive perspective Salem has become ..

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Just in – the IB Evaluation Report

The IB Evaluation Report for Schule Schloss Salem

“The school is commended for its strong commitment to the IB’s holistic philosophy… The school community demonstrates an excellent understanding of, and a strong commitment to, the Diploma Programme… and for living in an international-minded way…”

These are just some commendations we received as feedback to our current IB Evaluation, which we submitted in October 2019! Schools are required to submit a comprehensive self-study every five years, involving all stakeholders and scrutinizing a complex set of standards and practices.

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10th - 14th February 2020
Ski week Year 8

19th - 22nd February 2020
MUN Genua

7th March 2020
Salem Association Meeting

24th March 2020
Excursion Dachau Year 9

26th - 28th March 2020
Taster days Years 5-11

29th - 31st March 2020
Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Silver

3rd April 2020
100 Years Salem Celebration

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The Salem Salon: Five Exciting Evenings in the Anniversary Year

During its 100th anniversary year Schule Schloss Salem offers a programme of evening talks and discussions about education, politics and culture.

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The Henning Winter Foundation Music Competition – Salem Plays Music

Students from all year groups presented pieces in front of an audience and jury during the two-day competition. Highlight of the event was the concert of the prize winners on Sunday evening.

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Our locations
Schloss Salem
Until the beginning of the 18th century, Salem Castle was the richest Cistercian abbey in southern Germany. The Schule Schloss Salem was founded there in 1920. Not without reason.
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Schloss Spetzgart
On 3 May 1929 Spetzgart Castle was opened as part of Schule Schloss Salem. Together with the Härlen campus it forms the Salem International College.
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Campus Härlen
The Härlen campus was opened in 2000 and, together with Spetzgart Castle, has since formed the Salem International College. The individual room concept offers a unique boarding school life.
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Building Character.
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