The pupils at the Middle School live on so-called Wings with 15 to 22 boarders (maximum), located in different parts of the Salem Castle building. Depending on their size, the rooms accommodate two to four boarders.
Boarding-school life at Middle School demands participation in a variety of joint activities, membership in the Services which serve the community and assuming responsibility by holding so-called offices. The Student Council which is already practiced to a certain extent at Hohenfels, now takes on institutional forms: The Council, the Services Conference and the Wing and Helpers' Meetings are all forums where questions and problems are discussed and solved together with adults. A detailed time table [PDF file, approx. 65 KB] and rules appropriate to the children's ages help to structure everyday life and sharpen their awareness of their growing, personal responsibility. The rules particularly include the prohibition of alcohol and smoking and the restricted use of new media. Important fixed times during the day are the early morning run during the summer months, the morning school assembly ("Morgensprache") in the winter months and on Saturdays, the joint lunchtime and the compulsory homework period at 5.45 p.m.
Each Salem pupil takes on different tasks in addition to the compulsory school program and participates in a variety of activities; this helps them all to sound out their strengths and weaknesses and work at them. In this way, the children in Form 8 acquire the basic knowledge of a handicraft ("guild") and a so-called 'muse', and are introduced to musical instrument lessons, theatre, choir, etc.There they learn how to implement their skills in a proficient way, handle different materials carefully and develop their creativity. The children in Form 9 take part in the Outward Bound activities and put themselves to the test, both alone and in the group, in the midst of a natural surrounding. From Form 9 onwards, each pupil participates in a Service (Fire Service, THW (Disaster Relief Service), First Aid Service, Social Service, Environmental Protection Service, Nautical Service). Here, they are trained in using their know-how, endurance and responsibility for assisting in emergency situations, and in supporting others in a prudent manner. The children in Form 10 additionally have a 3-week period of in-company training. A large number of Salem students in Form 10 participate in an exchange program lasting one term at one of the Round Square partner schools abroad , mainly where English is spoken (e.g. USA, Great Britain, Australia, Canada or India).
Whether as the School Speaker, Services Captain, Guest Helper, Club House Captain or Wing Helper – the students particularly in Form 10 assume responsibility in official duties for important areas of the boarding school. Helpers, for example, are indispensable for regulating everyday life on the Wings, and the Service Captains manage and organise their Service and train others together with the Service mentors. The Club House Captain runs the school disco completely independently. On the weekends, sport events, films, outdoor games, skiing tours, sailing, theatre, Club House and excursions are offered. The so-called Salem Weekends are something very special - the students organise events together that can only be found at Salem – e.g. the "Mudbath". The school run on the Day of Prayer and Repentance followed by the "Formal Dinner" also belongs to the main, fixed events held during the school year. Apart from attending the school sports lessons, it is compulsory for everyone at Salem to participate in one other type of sport. Various different school sports teams (hockey, basketball, swimming) participate in the regional matches and competitions. Tennis courts and hockey fields, the school's own swimming pool and its own harbour with sailing boats supplement the possibilities for sport. Children at the Middle School play music together with the College students in the School Orchestra and in the School Choir.