Reaching Goals with Confidence and Self-Reliance

Years 11 & 12 (College)

Whether in in the classroom or in the boarding school -- in the final two years of schooling we expect a high level of independence from our students. Both the Abitur and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) are organized as course systems with individualized schedules and self-reliant learning:

  • Self-guided, after-school studying is supported by mentors and subject teachers
  • Supplemental, theme-related educational activities, such as study trips, excursions, extracurricular clubs (Model United Nations, political clubs, etc.)
  • Enhanced by library-based multi-media study spaces
  • Civic education through guest lectures, evening programs and student self-governance (student parliament, academic council, study groups, Spetzgart Forum, The Spetzgart Supper Talk)
  • Career Counseling Office with teacher-counselors who are experts on admission to German and foreign universities
  • A final "Salem Report" thoroughly documenting a student's involvement in services and athletics, in political activities and creative pursuits, in elected offices and as a member of the student self-governance
Contact person
Ken Lander | Internatsleiter Standort Schloss Spetzgart und Campus Härlen, erweiterte Schulleitung

Ken Lander
Head of Salem International College, Spetzgart and Härlen

Schule Schloss Salem
Schloss Spetzgart
88662 Überlingen

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Boarding School

The Boarding School

Students in the Abitur and the IB programs attend lessons on two campuses which are separated by a 15-minute walking path: Schloss Spetzgart and the Härlen Campus. Students in Year 11 live in the Spetzgart Castle on a hill overlooking Lake Constance. In their final year at school most students live on the Härlen Campus. Student dormitories offer 2-bed rooms. The apartment of the responsible "House Tutor" is located in the same building.

Learning to Take On Responsibility

By taking on responsibilities students have a strong influence on the daily course of boarding school life. In these years they become of age and enjoy greater freedom in shaping their own everyday lives. Moreover they learn to take on more responsibility for themselves and for the community. The rules of community life result of a dynamic political process. These guidelines are developed in committees of the student self-government and revised when necessary together with the boarding school administration. Maintaining a balance of interests is thus an integral part of everyday life.

Extracurricular Activities

Whether music, art, handicrafts, social services, theater or sport - after-school activities begun in the Middle School can be continued at College. This is extended further with a very wide outdoor program giving each individual the opportunity to explore his or her personal limits and to master new challenges in the outdoors.

Culture and Politics

Cultural affairs are a solid fixture of boarding school life in the upper school. Various theater and musical productions, guest performances by renown artists and ensembles, or off-campus excursions to cultural events are only some of the many offerings. One long-standing tradition is the regular series of "Spetzgarter Supper Talks" (Spetzgarter Abendbrot), to which a student committee invites and hosts prominent figures of public life who give a talk and enter into dialogue with the audience of students and staff.


Every public community needs a political foundation. At Salem International College these basic principles are set out in a constitution. It provides insight into the diversified democratic structures and institutions which shape, guide and monitor community life. Students who take on offices with political functions come face to face with situations of real conflict and experience the difficulties involved in reaching decisions through compromise. In this way they learn what it means and how important it is to take on responsibility in "real" life.

The Salem Report

No community life is possible without rules. At the beginning of Year 11 each students receives the Upper School Guidelines which apply to both campuses, i.e., to Spetgzart and Härlen.

The focus of boarding school life in the Upper School is on preparing for the school-leaving diploma and the steps that will follow. Consequently the so-called "Salem Report" contains not only evidence of academic achievements, but also all the skills and knowledge acquired outside the classroom. It supplements the Abitur certificate or the IB Diploma by drawing together the key experiences by which students qualify themselves for their future professional and personal path in life.


Much more than only a school diploma

The Salem Abitur

Naturally grade marks play a decisive role at Schule Schloss Salem, too. But equally important for us, of course, is that each of our students acquires not only academic skills, but also individual and social compentencies.

Mandatory Section

Mandatory courses are taught for two semesters

  • Five core subjects (à Four Hours Per Week)
  • German, mathematics, one foreign language, a further foreign language or a science, and one elective subject
  • Instruction in at least five additional subjects (à two hours per week)

These may be selected from the following, unless chosen as core subjects:
Social sciences (four semesters History, two semesters Geography, two semesters civics), Art or Music, Religion or Ethics, two sciences (Physics, Chemistry or Biology), Sport

Elective Section

In general elective courses are taken for two semesters.

Seminar Course (in 1st and 2nd semester)
This course covers a range of topics. Under certain conditions the course can be counted as an oral final examination and thereby be one part of the Abitur examinations.

Elective courses
Students select from a range of courses, which may include, for example, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Descriptive Geometry, Geology, Astronomy and Computer Science

Abitur examination

The Abitur examinations consist of a written and an oral section:

Written Examination
Four of the examination subjects must be selected at the beginning of the 2nd semester. They include German, Mathematics, a foreign language, and a fourth subject.

Oral Examination
The oral examination is taken in a further subject which is chosen on the basis on certain criteria and decided upon at the beginning of the 3rd semester.


Abitur results
School Year 2018 | 2019

Number of candidates registered in the session: 82
Number of graduates: 81
Average grade: 2,43
Number of graduates who obtained grade 1,9 or above: 20

Average grade in Baden-Württemberg: TBA

School Year 2017 | 2018

Number of candidates registered in the session: 78
Number of graduates: 74  
Average grade: 2,38  
Number of graduates who obtained grade 1,9 or above: 25

Average grade in Baden-Württemberg: 2,40

School year 2016 | 2017

Number of candidates registered in the session: 78
Number of graduates: 77
Average grade: 2,21
Number of graduates who obtained grade 1,9 or above: 30

Average grade in Baden-Württemberg: 2,38



Evaluation is Based on Semester, Not School-Ages
Agess 11 & 12 at Salem College are divided into four independently evaluated semesters (11.1, 11.2, 12.1 und 12.2).

Courses Rather Than Classes
Due to the course system each students receives an individual schedule.

Point System Rather Than Traditional Grade Marks
Salem's numerical marking scale runs from 0 to 15 points.

Career Counselling

Two experienced career counselors , Dr. Günter Klause and Dr. David Mathieson, advise students at Schule Schloss Salem regarding their future career paths. Furthermore members of the Salem network - teachers, parents, alumni, and other experts - are available to offer advice and assistance.

Career counselling begins in Year 9 and follows a clearly defined goal: each student should become aware of his or her individual skills and interests and  be able to make realistic decisions regarding his or her own future endeavors.

Students are provided continual in-put at three levels in preparation for embarking on their chosen path upon leaving school:

  • Counselling
  • Self-Discovery
  • Information


Contact person
Dr. Günter Klause | Latein, Russisch, Psychologie, Laufbahnberatung Jahrgangsstufe 11 & 12
Dr. Günter Klause
Career Councelling Abitur
Teacher: Latin, Russian, Psychology
Dr. David Mathieson | Economics, ToK, History, Careers Counselling
Dr. David Mathieson
Career Councelling IB
Teacher (IB): Economics, ToK, History
Decision-making Guidance and Information

A state-sponsored training program held at Salem for identifying goals and making decisions regarding career-training and university study.

Career Information Day
Students are given the opportunity inform themselves in detail about a selection of professions. Parents and alumni participate in information sessions which help students compare their ideas of those careers with real-life cases and situations.

Information about European Universities
Students are given general information and, whenever possible, meet with representatives of national and foreign universities who make visits to the Salem campus.

Regular individual counseling throughout school Ages ; Support in focusing on a study program or apprenticeship and in finding appropriate University ; Support in preparing university applications for German and foreign universities

Tests and Applications

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is a standardized test offered by a U.S. organization and measures academic skills in the areas of critical reading, mathematics and writing. The test provides students in Ages 10 feedback about their performance level and familiarizes them with the SAT test format.

SAT Test
Participation in the SAT test is usually required as part of the application process for U.S. universities.

During German lessons in the IB system students receive preparation for this centrally administered test of German as a Foreign language, which is required by all German universities.

Application and Admission Procedures for all Universities
We support our students during the university application process which - especially for universities abroad - may involve very complex and demanding procedures.

Building Character.
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