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Schule Schloss Salem,

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Schule Schloss Salem,

Tel: +49 7553 919-352
Fax: +49 7553 919380

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Bernd Westermeyer

Head of Admission:
Dagmar Berger

Accreditations and affiliations:
Round Square, IBO, CIS member
Religious affiliation:
All denominations welcome
Teaching languages:
English, German
Age Range & Fees
10 - 19
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
* 33,240
* 35,712
*Currency: €
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Report from previous school, Visit school, Scholarship exam, Trial day at school, Please apply to school, Interview, Entry test or exam, Audition, Assessment

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Academic, Siblings, Financial need, Music, 6th Form, IB Diploma scholarships

What we offer

  • Psychology
  • Photography
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Geology
  • Government/Politics
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Media/Film studies
  • Classics
  • Critical thinking
  • Business studies
  • Theology
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • German
  • Ancient Greek
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • Netball
  • Cross-country
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Fitness training
  • Volleyball
  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Water sports
  • Martial arts
  • Archery
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Chess
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Astronomy
  • Adventure training
  • Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Rowing
  • Rock climbing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Orienteering
  • Cycling
  • First aid/life savers
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • Language club
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Strings
  • Singing
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Keyboard
  • Jazz
  • Choir
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • After school club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Vegetarian

School Video

Head PhotoSchule Schloss Salem is Germany's best-known boarding school. In 1920, it was founded by Kurt Hahn, who later also founded Outward Bound and the United World Colleges.

The School seeks to present young people with high academic and extra-curricular expectations and opportunities, and to imbue in them a lifelong sense of respect for the individual, responsibility to the community and an awareness of the importance of the democratic process in sustaining both.

Salem comprises four beautiful campuses, all within twenty minutes drive of one another on the northern arm of Lake Constance, near Germany's borders with Switzerland and Austria at the edge of the Alps. The School consists of three divisions on separate campuses for pupils of different ages. These are Hohenfels Castle (Lower School, approximately 70 pupils aged 10-12), Salem Castle (Middle School, approximately 260 pupils aged 13-16), and Salem International College (Spetzgart Castle and the Haerlen Campus, Upper School, approximately 300 students aged 16-19).

The academic program in years 5-7 is delivered in German. Intensive instruction in German as a foreign language is available for international pupils. Even pupils arriving at the school with no German are fluent within one school year. For international pupils already fluent in English there is an accelerated English program leading to the attainment of the British GCSE qualification.

From year 8 onward, Salem is fully bilingual and offers a dual curriculum. Students may either continue in the German system or enter the International Baccalaureate system (International Classes), in which the language of instruction is English. Approximately one third of the students in the upper years are in the IB system. A significant proportion is from an international background.

At Salem, involvement in extra-curricular activities and the life of the boarding community are emphasized as much as academic achievement. All students in the upper years must engage in at least one afternoon a week of community service. All students must also participate in a regular program of sports and/or outdoor pursuits. Participation in theatre, music and visual arts extra-curricular programs, while not mandatory, is strongly encouraged.

Approximately one-third of pupils receive financial aid, the award of which is based on both need and merit. Students are well prepared for tertiary studies, with almost all graduates eventually attending the most selective German and international universities.
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