Developing the problem-solvers of the future:
The International Baccalaureate (IB)

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, Activities 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, Activites, Service (relating directly to the Salem idea of engagement, self-discovery and service)


The subjects offered at Salem:


Group 1: Language A - native or near-native level, or as self-taught mother tongue

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • 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 (also for beginners)
  • French B
  • Spanish B



Group 3: Individuals and Societies

  • Business Management  
  • Economics
  • History



Group 4: Sciences

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Systems and Societies

Group 5: Mathematics

  • Maths Studies
  • Maths Standard Level
  • Maths Higher Level



Group 6: The Arts

  • Visual Arts
  • Theatre Arts



IB Results

School Year 2016 | 2017


Number of candidates registered in the session: 58 
Number of candidates passing the Diploma: 49 

Number of candidates passing Certificates: 9
Average points obtained: 33 
Highest Diploma points awarded: 44 
Number of candidates with 39 points or more: 6 
Number of candidates with 37 points or more: 9


Dr. Constanze Schummer

Coordinator International Baccalaureate

Tel.: +49 7553 919-526

Where can your IB take you?
All over the world.