Carpe Diem - Bad Neuenahr

For us, being a good school means guiding students to their personal success.

As a human being, and especially as a teenager, you not only have a growing intellect, but also an unfolding body and a stormy, sometimes pubescent soul, which we address holistically. Therefore, creative artistic expression, emotional coaching, sport and practical craftsmanship are as important as expertise and competence. We strive for strong personalities, emotional intelligence and humanity through appreciation and trust. We are role models in the pursuit of education, expressiveness, understanding of history and nature. We value the openness to the world acquired through learning modern languages and political commitment. Finally, we create the conditions for our students to be able to survive in the professional world. Our aim is to both lead and grow by providing the best possible individual support for each student. Communication and harmony with oneself are decisive foundations for good relationships with others. Thus there is the possibility of a student coaching in which strategies for learning success, motivation, relationship success and fun in education are created together with the coach and student.

With a population of around 28,000 inhabitants, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is an ideal place to live: the surrounding area invites our students to go hiking, biking along the many cycle paths or through the nearby woods, archery, golf or swimming in baths and thermal baths; the city park and the city centre are ideal for strolling.

Key facts

  • School-leaving certificate: Abitur
  • Boarding school places: including upper school unit 90 places
  • 149 students in total
  • Class size: 16
  • G9 Classes (Class 10-13)
  • Abitur grade point average: 2.4
  • Students from many different nations
  • Proportion of girls and boys 30/70 – Boarding school
  • Percentage of girls and boys 50/50 – School
  • The pupils of the upper classes are accommodated in their own housing units
  • Shared flat-like structures to promote independence (single and double rooms)
  • Over 7,000 m² of green space surround the boarding school, with direct access to public parks.
  • Swimming pool, tennis courts, archery and other sports facilities.
  • Multimedia and interactive learning and working with smartboards, iPads and learning platform.
  • Leisure activities: Horse riding, swimming, DJ club, cooking club, indoor sports, fitness, excursions, football
  • The artistic talents of our students are encouraged in our open arts studio.
  • Whether graphics or sculpture – our studio offers freedom for every form of creativity.
  • Direct connection to the nearby cities of Bonn and Koblenz
  • Small town, therefore a very safe environment
  • Promotion of communicative and social competence

Carpe Diem School Preparation Year

The DIP or “German Intensive Programme Carpe Diem” is the programme of the private all-day school Carpe Diem for learning the German language and culture. The basic concept is: “Learning German among Germans”, and everything is organized on this basis.

It is important to form small class groups so that the individual needs and characteristics of the students can be taken into account. Young people with a non-German language of origin learn here together with German native speakers. This not only promotes language skills, but also the cultural understanding of the non-German pupils. The extensive cultural exchange is reinforced by the general conditions in which the guest students find themselves.

Language and culture are thus no longer imaginary stories in textbooks, but are learned on the spot and the young people have the opportunity to deal with them in a real context. The Carpe Diem School would like to enable the best possible integration into the German school system in order to promote the achievement of school-leaving qualifications and to support the personality development of the pupils, especially under multicultural conditions.

In the course of the rapid integration of the pupils, English, sports and, if necessary, mathematics are taught in class in addition to an intensive German course. The German course is organised by trained and experienced teachers outside the classroom. Here, special grammatical and communicative skills are trained and the teachers ensure that the German vocabulary is expanded and that the complicated German grammar is learned correctly.