CIS is a membership community committed to high quality international education.
Our community includes more than 1300 institutions, 736 schools and 618 colleges and universities representing 116 countries.
As a global non-profit membership organization, CIS provides services to primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions and individuals that share these ideals:
- a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens; and
- a commitment to high quality international education.
This program is specially intended for young people aged 14 to 25 and encourages social commitment, self-realization, adventure experiences, and the development of personal interests in accordance with Kurt Hahn's educational principles. Bronze and Silver Badges correspond to prescribed activities in the areas of service, expeditions, talent and fitness. For the Gold Badge the range of activities is broadened to include a further personal project.
For many years Salem has offered its students the chance to participate in a unique program of events: the Model United Nations Conference
Preparation and Procedures
The students get to know and understand the complex work of the United Nations through role-playing. Each school represents a UN member country or a UN.
In order to be able to understand the working methods and the structure of UN with its complicated network of organizations, the students work through the highly formalized diplomatic procedures and vocabulary and practice them in role-playing exercises. They also learn how to formulate resolutions.
History, culture, religion, economy, political system and foreign policy: In working groups the students independently research and analyze information about the of the country they are to represent. Their sources are the respective embassies, the internet and the world press, through which the students attentively follow daily political developments.
The MUN conference takes place every year in The Hague for a week in January. This conference is intended primarily for the Upper School, while Middle School students attend a similar conference in Genoa.
Taking into account actual UN resolutions, the topics on the MUN agenda are prepared for from the perspective of the country they represent. Students then meet in commissions and plenary sessions before motions are brought to a vote. The conference is held in English.
The IB offers an education for students from age 3 to 19, comprising of four programmes that focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge ...
Outward Bound Excursions Lead to Self-Discovery.
For many students, Outward Bound excursions are among their key experiences at Salem. Year 9 students leave civilization behind for an eleven-day expedition in the wilds of Norway. Pushing yourself to your limits, setting yourself challenges and learning that your own actions have consequences not only for you as an individual but for the group as a whole are all central elements of the Outward Bound experience.
Recognizing One's Own Nature
Doing without luxury and consumer goods leads to a much more intensive relationship with the natural world and a heightened sensitivity to the economic use of natural resources. Discovering a spring after a long route march can be a source of pure joy. As one student concluded: “We learnt to manage without the mod cons of everyday life and to appreciate those things we would normally take for granted, even more.”
Costs Energy but Also Gives Strength: Outdoor Experiences
Students sleep in tents, under the open sky. Students must cook and fend for themselves. One element of the excursion is the so-called “solo”, where each student is left to his or her own resources for 12 to 24 hours. During this experience students write down their thoughts and emotions in a reflective letter. This letter is then sent to them a year later so that they can once again face their Outward Bound experiences while in the midst of daily routines. Participants also keep an expedition journal and share their experiences with their fellow pupils upon their return.
The physical effort demanded of the participants was once tellingly expressed by student at nine o'clock one evening: “Can we go to bed now, please?
Each student is given personal feedback after the expedition which is also recorded in a report at the end of the school year.
Schule Schloss Salem meets the criteria of the Education & Health Working Group and has received an award for several subject areas.
For the award, very good offers, framework conditions and a culture of looking are expected, as well as cooperation with regional cooperation partners.
Schule Schloss Salem is the only German boarding school to hold DGE certification for its own full catering. An assessor spent three days inspecting our kitchens according to the guidelines of the German Nutrition Society. The main focus was on the aspects of quality, hygiene and nutritional health. Here we received the grade "very good" four times.
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Association of German Privat Schools Baden-Württemberg e.V.
zis foundation for travel grants
Germany's strongest brands
Schule Schloss Salem is one of Germany's strongest brands.
Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)
With its voluntary membership base of 80,000 trained volunteers, THW is a unique organization established in 1950 within Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior.
The THW Youth is the youth association of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). In almost every local association there is a youth group with girls and boys from the age of ten. Nationwide, around 15,000 young people are active in the organization's youth.
German Red Cross
Kurt Hahn was not "only" a co-founder of our school, but also one of the educators who helped draft the first internationally accepted high school diploma. Thus the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme has long formed its own very dynamic academic branch at Salem. In recent decades a wide spectrum of subjects and an enormously diverse extracurricular program of mandatory activities has been developed.
The school association "Blick über den Zaun" (Look over the fence) has been linking reform-oriented schools since 1989 in order to pursue school development "from below".The aim of 'Look over the fence' is to contribute to schools directly exchanging experiences with each other and thus learning from each other, stimulating, encouraging and supporting each other through regular mutual visits, through conferences and pedagogical workshops.
The G30 was founded in 2006. The G30 brings Heads from leading schools together on an annual basis. All participants are encouraged to share their best practice, thoughts, ideas and challenges within a strictly confidential environment.