At the Upper School there is a continuing educational focus on independence and personal responsibility. The lessons here are spread over several afternoons, the timetables are set out on an individual basis, and in view of the school day sometimes being very long, the double-lesson principle proves to be particularly beneficial here.
The boarding school has a more open structure, similar to that of a campus, and in just the same way as the students take their lives into their own hands with increasing independence, they also have to show a high degree of personal responsibility and initiative in their learning process. In concrete terms this means organising their own homework and revision for examinations, and other activities. Receiving help from mentors or house tutors is the exception at Upper School. This is why the Upper School of Schule Schloss Salem is called a 'College'.
The lessons are held in the optional languages, German (Abitur) or English (International Baccalaureate).
Academic maturity is not demonstrated by good examination results alone, but these can be impressive nevertheless, both in the Abitur and in the IB.
As on the other school levels, the students at the College also benefit from the unity of their learning and living space. On the campus the students and adults do not only work together in the lessons; the so-called seminar courses meet on an unscheduled basis, examinations are prepared jointly and the workshops can also be held in the classrooms on weekends.
The students have access to an excellently stocked library, 7 days a week, from morning till late in the evening.
In addition to regular, compulsory lessons the students can also participate in numerous activities accompanying the classroom teaching, which go into greater depth and broaden certain subject areas, e.g. Model United Nations, project outings, excursions or workgroups.
For making a successful application for a place at international universities, our students seek assistance and advice from the Career Counselling Office.