Boarding School

Can my child visit Salem and try out boarding school life?

Yes, we offer Taster Days. Your child can take part in the everyday schooling and activities of boarding school for a trial period of three days, from Thursday to Saturday. The exact dates and further information can be found here: Introductory Days

How many children live in one dormitory wing?

In Years 5 and 6 there may be a maximum of 14 students on one wing in the Rentamt.
In Years 7 to 10 there may be a maximum of 18 students on one wing.

For Years 11 and 12:
At Schloss Spetzgart (mainly for Year 11) there may be a maximum of 24 students on one wing.
On the Härlen campus (mainly for Year 12) there may be a maximum of 8 students living in one house, which has four 2-bed rooms, 2 WCs and 2 baths. Three houses together make up one dormitory wing.

Do girls and boys live in separate dormitories?

Yes, of course girls and boys are accommodated in separate dormitories.

Are children allowed to go home at weekends? How often?

Lessons end on Saturdays at 11.30am, after the 4th period. Parents can sign their children off for the weekend directly with the mentor (until wing time on Sunday evening). To encourage and build a strong feeling of community we would like students to spend at least half of their weekends at Salem. Each weekend we offer an attractive and varied programme of events and activities. Presence and participation during the "Salemer Weekends" (once per epoch) is mandatory for all students.

Can students stay in the boarding school during school holidays?

During holiday periods the school is completely closed and students can therefore not remain in the dormitories. When necessary it is possible to arrange accommodations with a guest family (at additional cost).

How is does a typical school day organised?

PDF "Tagesplan" (Daily Schedule)

Are laundry services available? How often?

In keeping with Salem's motto "Building Character By Educating To Take Responsibility" each dormitory wing for Years 7 to 12 is equipped with washing machines and clothes dryers which the students may use for their own laundry. In addition, each wing has an iron and ironing board. Bedding and towels are taken care of at no extra fee by the school's laundry service. If necessary other laundry items can be sent to the laundry at an extra charge.

Use of mobile phones

Salem's pedagogical concept is based on the idea that learning is based on from real-life experience. Subsequently mobile phones may not be carried along during the school hours. In Years 5 and 6 the use of mobile phones is permitted exclusively in the Rentamt on Wednesday from 7.30pm to 8.00pm and on Sundays from 12.00pm to 1.00pm. In Years 7 and 8 they may be used on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 8.00pm and on weekends after school until 30 minutes before  bedtime. In Years 9 and 10 mobile phones are permitted after school until 9.30pm in the dormitory, Saturdays until 11.00pm in the dormitory and up to wing-time when a student is off the school grounds. In case of emergency parents can reach their children through any of the child's care givers and main points of contact (mentors, heads of boarding school etc.)

Do students receive pocket money?

Students are given pocket money every two weeks. The amount varies per class year, as this also falls within the Salem pedagogical concept of "Building Character By Educating to Take Responsibility." As they grow older students can be increasingly trusted to spend their pocket money responsibly.

Basic Provisions

PDF „Basic Provisions“



Does the dining hall offer dishes for a vegan, lactose-free, or gluten-free diet?

Yes, of course such meals can be provided upon request.
A special dietary plan for health reasons will require a doctor's certificate.

What happens when a student falls ill? such as with a cold

If a student feels ill in the morning, he or she first speaks with the responsible mentor. Beginning at  6.00am each morning our school nurse holds a consultation-hour in order to dispense medication, prescribe bed rest, if appropriate, and ensure that the child is given whatever care needed. Following lunch-hour, the school doctor holds a consultation-hour at the school infirmary and examines any children who are ill.

Are psychological services available ?



Educational Questions

How many children are in a class?

In school year 2018 / 2019 the number of students in Years 5 and 6 is on average 14.
There are 15 students in both the German-language classes of Years 7 and 8 and also in Years  9 and 10.
There are 11 students in the English-language „IC“ class groups for Years 8, 9 and 10.


PDF ‚Timetable‘. Detailed timetables for each class group are published at the beginning of each new school year.

What kind of sports are offered?

(only a selection): Badminton, Basketball, Body-Shaping & Fitness Training, Field Hockey, Football (Soccer), Handball, Kayaking, Running, Sailing, Swimming, Volleyball, and more.

Which foreign languages are offered at Salem?

You can find detailed information about our foreign language programme here.


Admissions and Scholarship

Can a student attend Salem for a period of months?

Yes, if there are accommodations available. In such cases, the first half of a school year is the most suitable period of stay.

Are there placement or assessment tests?

All applicants from outside Germany or from a different type of German school must sit placements tests in various subjects. Whether an applicant from another German Gymnasium needs to sit an assessment test is decided on an individual basis.
Applicants for enrolment in Year 5 or Year 6 also sit an assessment test at Salem due to the different types of educational background provided at primary schools.

Do non-EU applicants require a student visa?

You can learn more about visa regulations here:
PDF "VISA-Merkblatt"

How does one apply for admission?

The application process begins with submission of a student's documentation. Upon review of these documents and records, an appointment is made for an admissions interview. At that time parents and child are given extensive information about the school and life in a boarding school as well as a tour in which they become better acquainted with the programme and activities offered at Salem. Within 14 days parents will be notified by the school as to whether the student's application was accepted.
You can learn more about admission procedures here:

During the school year Taster Days and Open House Day are offered on a fixed schedule.

Are scholarships offered? What conditions apply?

You can learn more about scholarships here:

Admission Procedures


Extracuricula Activities

Are there lessons for musical instruments?

In general individual lessons for musical instruments are arranged on a voluntary basis and take place after school hours. These private lessons are given by experienced music teachers on the school grounds and fees are billed separately to the parents. 

You can learn more about music lessons here.

What clubs and activities are offered?

Clubs offered in school year 2018 / 2019 include:
Archery; Artisan Crafts; Bicycling; Creative Handicrafts; China Exchange Group; Chinese; Choir; Club House; Cooking; Cultural Excursions; Debating; Decorating by Season; Duke of Edinburgh Award; Fencing; Film; GO; Kayaking; Library; Mathematics; Model United Nations; Nature Conservation; Orchestra; Peterhof Charity; Politics; Pre-Engineering; School Assembly Team; School Band; Snack Bar; Tennis; Theatre; Yearbook 

Creative Activities:
Rentamt Band, Theatre, Drawing and Artistic Expression, Ceramics

Art, Carpentry, Photography, Precision Mechanics, Robotics, Smithery, Tailoring, Turnery

Should there not be sufficient interest in one particular activity, it may not be offered in that school year.

Which „Community Services“ are offered?

  • At Salem Castle, Years 5 to 10, students take part in the following community services:

Fire Brigade
Technical Emergency Relief (THW)
Emergency First Aid Service
Nautical Service
Social Services
Environmental Protection Service
Round Square Service
You can learn more about the Salem „Services“ here:


  • In the Upper School, for Years 11 and 12 as well as „Salem 10 Plus,“ students take part in the following community services:

Fire Brigade
Technical Emergency Relief (THW)
Emergency First Aid Service
Nautical Service
Social Services
Sustainability Service
Botanical Service
Café Hahn
Music Service
Theatre Service
Photography Service
Global Action Network
Salem Hockey (with Years 5 – 7)
Library Service


Career Counselling

Which universities do students attend after graduation?

  • Beginning in Year 9 all students at Salem participate in a programme of career counselling organised by our two experienced counsellors; furthermore students benefit from the Salem network of teachers, parents, alumni and other closely associated professionals when they need support or advice.

More information can be found here.



  • Salem offers a post-secondary "orientation year" to help students prepare themselves for entry to university. The programme at SalemKolleg consists, among other things, of academic courses, an extensive lecture series and rigorous outdoor training weekends. Although Salem students generally do not make use of this orientation year thanks to the intensive careers counselling programme offered beginning in Year 9 (see above), it remains an option for them to consider.

More information can be found here.


General Information about Schule Schloss Salem

How many students are there altogether ‚at Salem‘?

Salem Castle (Years 5 to 10): max. 300 students
Spetzgart and Härlen (Years „10 Plus“, 11 and 12): max. 280 students

An overview of school and boarding fees

You can find detailed information about our fees here.