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The International Baccalaureate (IB)

Developing the problem-solvers of the future

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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. These are divided into three areas - Creativity, Activitiy and Service (CAS).

The final point score in the IB Programme is composed out of the externally assessed May examinations at the end of the second year of the Diploma Programme. Externally assessed and/or moderated course work makes up about 30% of the results.

The two-year Diploma Programme (DP) follows an official calendar of deadlines for the completion of various classroom and school assignments.

The core of the DP consists of:

  • The Extended Essay (an academic research project in a subject chosen by the student) 
  • Theory of Knowledge (a course on developing  analytical skills and critical thinking)
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (relating directly to the Salem idea of engagement, self-discovery and service)

For further detail please download our IB Handbook.

Contact person

Dr. Constanze Schummer
IB Coordinator, Teacher
Abitur: Englisch
IB: History, Theory of Knowledge

Schule Schloss Salem
Campus Härlen
88662 Überlingen

Tel.: + 49 7553 919 - 526
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"We commend Schule Schloss Salem for publishing a detailed language policy that focuses on a combination of language awareness, Theory of Knowledge, cultural awareness, international-mindedness and sensitivity to the IB mission."
IB World Schools Department

The subjects offered at Salem


Group 1: Language A - native or near-native level, or as self-taught mother tongue
  • English Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • German Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Literature*
  • Self-taught mother tongue

Bilingual Diploma
The Bilingual Diploma can be earned by choosing TWO Group 1 languages

Group 2: Language B and Language ab initio – language acquisition
  • English B
  • German B / ab Initio
  • French B*
  • Spanish B
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
  • Business Management  
  • Economics
  • Global Politics
  • History

* given sufficient demand

Group 4: Sciences
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Systems and Societies
Group 5: Mathematics
  • Maths Analysis HL/SL
  • Maths Applications HL/SL
Group 6: The Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Theatre Arts

IB Results

School Year 2021/2022

No. of full Diploma candidates registered in the session: 50
No. of candidates passing the Diploma: 49
Pass Rate: 98% (Worldwide pass rate 85%)

Point Average: 33,4 (World Average 31,98)
Subject Grade Average: 5,25 (World Average 5,12)
Number of candidates at 35 points and higher: 18
Top Score: 41 (3x)

School Year 2020/2021

No. of full Diploma candidates registered in the session: 44
No. of candidates passing the Diploma: 43
Pass Rate: 97,72% (Worldwide pass rate 89%)

Point Average: 35 (World Average 33)
Subject Grade Average: 5,61 (World Average 5,19)
Number of candidates at 39 points and higher: 11
Number of candidates at 42 points and higher (Abi 1,0): 6
Top Score: 44 (3x)

Careers counseling

We try to stimulate the inherent curiosity of our students at Salem so that they enjoy the experience of learning for its own sake. But most students expect that the work they do with us will lead them on to a fulfilling university course where they can continue to develop intellectually and prepare for the world of work. The task of the careers counselling service is to assist and advise the student and their family in that endeavour. The first and most important decision is for the student to decide what it is they want to study at university - and why. This is very much a personal choice. Each student has their own ambitions and aspirations and the choice of courses available is huge – from the traditional professions such as law or medicine to the ‘sunrise’ industries of IT or global marketing. Students are encouraged to discuss their future carefully with family, close friends and teachers before making their choices. Having set their personal objective, the students can then turn to the Careers Counselling service and rely on
the professional support which we offer to help them set realistic goals and then realise their plans. 


Aufzählung verschiedener Universitäten

Many IB students look to continue their education at English speaking universities either in the USA or UK. In this case we encourage students to start preparing ...

Read more about our careers councelling in the IB Handbook

"The school community demonstrates an excellent understanding of, and a strong commitment to, the DP."
IB World Schools Department