Seize the day! Carpe Diem!

Welcome to the private school „Carpe Diem“

Carpe Diem is a coeducational Secondary School with Boarding School, located in Bad Neuenahr – Ahrweiler, Rhineland Palatinate in Germany.

The school is state-approved and is attended by 130 pupils from all over Germany and other countries.  Here pupils are prepared to take the in-house GCSE as well as the A-level exams.

The philosophy of our school is based on an integrated and human approach to education with innovative character.

Personal development is the key to school success.

We highlight on values like open-mindedness, independence, humanity, team work, courage and motivation.

See also: School conception.

Way2Germany - your path to the German university entrance qualification

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Parents and Students,

we are pleased to introduce Way2Germany, our new program for non-EU students, which aims to prepare international students for German final exams, giving you the opportunity to stay in Germany for the long term. With 20 years of experience, Carpe Diem Private Boarding School is committed to providing quality education and comprehensive support to ensure your success.

Our program is designed for students from non-European countries who are at least 14 years old. If they do not have German language skills yet, they have the option of joining in the ninth grade. In this case, they are supervised by our language school "Internationale Sprachschule Bad Neuenahr" parallel to their regular classes and participate in the "Deutsch Intensiv Programm (DIP)" (German Intensive Language Program).

The "Deutsch Intensiv Programm (DIP)" offers students coming from abroad whose native language is not German the opportunity to attend German intensive courses, the conclusion of which consists of a language examination. By passing the language exam, students acquire language certificates corresponding to levels A1-C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). At the same time, the program aims at successive integration into the school life of Carpe Diem. In this way, the students are prepared for regular school life at Carpe Diem with the aim of acquiring German school-leaving qualifications.

If German language skills are already available, a separate written and oral examination is conducted in advance to ensure that the language standard meets our requirements for the upper secondary school level (approximately B1/B1+ standard). In this case, entry into the eleventh grade is possible.

Our primary goal is to give you the opportunity to obtain a Qualified Secondary School Certificate I (Realschulabschluss) after the tenth grade and the German Abitur (university entrance qualification) after completing the 13th grade. Both diplomas are state-approved and fully recognized, thus allowing students to remain in Germany.

In order to participate in the program, a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae and copies of all necessary documents are required in addition to your own test. We accompany and support you closely during the visa process for Germany.

The cost of the program is €2850 per month and includes tuition and full board. A one-time registration fee of €2850 is due in the first year, payable in advance for the entire year.

Other costs include a €500 deposit, which is refundable upon completion of the program. Exam fees are €320 for the language exam, €285 for the Qualified Secondary I exam, and €424 for the Abitur examination. Full board is included in the annual cost as well as all tuition, an active sports program with access to large gym.

The program covers almost the entire year, with the exception of four weeks in the summer and ten days at Christmas. These are the closing times of the boarding school.

Admission to the program is possible up to six weeks after the start of school. In addition, admission during the year is generally possible, but is done after an individual review.

We are proud to offer you a high quality educational program that prepares you for your further education and gives you a perspective in Germany. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we look forward to your participation.

Vision and aims

Education: Being a good school means guiding young people to their personal success.

At our school we adhere to Pestalozzi`s fundamental thesis that fostering the personal development of pupils is more important than preparing them for a job.

“First you are a child, then a human being and later an apprentice”

We emphasize the right balance between leading and letting grow. As such each child is guided and supported individually.

Based on these leading criteria, we do not only pursue the academic, but also the physical and social growth of the young persons entrusted to us. Therefore, we value creative and artistic capabilities, mental training, sport and manual skills as much as cognitive knowledge. In so doing, we respect the natural development pattern of each child.

We strive to foster strong and well-balanced personalities, emotional intelligence and humanity through mutual respect, esteem and self-confidence.

Education, the capability to clearly express one’s own thoughts and the knowledge of History and Science are essential elements in our curricula. At the same time, we support a variety of physical, creative and educational activities. Further, we place an emphasis on mastering foreign language acquisition and developing an understanding of  the political sciences to raise awareness about the world around us, and enable pupils to confidently move forward into their personal and working future with full assurance.

Socialisation: Being a good school means developing a fruitful partnership with external institutions and firms allowing our pupils to become a valid part of the society.

Various internships provide the the right framework to shape young people's lives.


Principles of teaching: being a good school means using diverse and innovative methods.

The Rhineland Palatinate’s syllabus is the frame of our teaching contents. Our dedicated and exprienced teachers monitor the process ofteaching and learning ensuring the success of your child.

Our teaching is based on traditional as well as innovative scientific models. Lessons are planned in close connection with the current and future trends and contents in all areas. We strive to maintain a clear and easily understandable structure while implementing the use of all suitable medias. Further, lessons do not follow a rigid scheme but are rather flexible and adjustable to fit the needs of the pupils – including, if necessary, on an individual basis.

The knowledge levels of our pupils, their abilities and their difficulties are continuously monitored through tests and exams.

The teacher does not only pass on knowledge but supports his/her pupils individually in the harmonic development process of their social and practical abilities.

In order to maintain our very high level of teaching standards, meetings are arranged regularly to allow the teachers to provide mutual feedback. By the same token,  our staff are continuously offered professional development training.

GCSE (Mittlere Reife)

The GCSE exam certificate (called differently according to the various regulations in the German Federal States) [ADD THE CORRESPONDING US TERM]  is currently indispensable in Germany for access to any kind of job, and is a qualification that is expected by all employers. Further, the higher the score in the final exam, the better the chances are to start a career, that provides  a good income and job security. Whether the intention is to continue on to A-level or to enter college - the GCSE is necessary. This officially-recognized exam is acquired by an in-house written and oral examination at the end of the 10th class.

A-level (Abitur)

For this final, state-approved exam pupils are prepared in small groups. This diploma enables young people to begin any kind of studies at any university and gives them the best chances for their future working life.

Unlike other schools, we do not require an average mark of 3.0 or knowledge of a second foreign language to admit pupils to the upper classes giving access to the A-level exam . Age is not important either, the only requirement being a is GCSE certificate.

The exam consists of 4 written and 4 oral tests in different subjects.

The following subjects are taught at our school:

German, English, Mathematics, History, History of Art, Ethics, Philosophy, Geography, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Computing science, Social Studies, Politics and Business Studies. Pupils can choose between French, Latin, Spanish and Italian as a second foreign language.

Carpe Diem Boarding School – The Johannisburg Community

Our Boarding School is the optimal complement to our all-day school. The historical building is located in the midst of a big park about one kilometer away from the school and offers children the possibility to participate in several activities. Public parks, swimming pools, tennis courts and archery facilities are within easy reach.

Life at the Boarding School fosters strong community bonds. Well-being becomes a matter of common will, and to feel safe and self-confident in a small and strong group is an important factor in the development of social and personal qualities. The pupils collectively experience the value of cooperation. At the same time, a stable and defined daily routine is important for the fulfillment of our goals and for a successful community life. Rules and principles like punctuality, structure and a sense of duty are essential. Combined with various leisure facilities our Boarding School accompanies the children`s growth.

A sympathetic, capable and highly motivated staff accompany our pupils.

Confidence, empathy and patience are essential for a fulfilling community life. Life at a Boarding School helps children developing strengths, self-confidence and responsibility.

Daily routine after lessons starts at 16.30 according to the school time table. Pupils usually arrive on Sundays and go home after Friday lunch.

Two institutions – one concept

Both our All-day School and Boarding School share the same conception and ideals.

The child, his/her well-being, as well as his/her natural and individual development are our main concern.

In both institutions there are clear, consistent rules and structures, which nevertheless allow each pupil enough freedom to develop his/her personal, moral and academic abilities under the leadership of a competent, caring ands supportive team.

We regard the participation of our children and their right to a say as self-evident according to their age and interests.

The staff of the boarding school and the school itself cooperate closely to support each child individually.

There is a regular exchange between both teams to focus on educational goals and to find out in which way each child can best be fostered at his/her all-round development.

In addition to academic support, extra-curricular events, class trips or excursions are organized to develop the talents, concentration and motivation of the children.

Make use of the all-round support

Pupils are offered continuous and individual support by our specialized teaching staff, who are committed to the learning success and well-being of the children throughout the day.

The small number of pupils in a class facilitates the learning process enormously.

Additional courses are held in the afternoon apart from school lessons.

  • extra tuition
  • special courses for dyslexic pupils
  • concentration training
  • additional offers for talented pupils
  • extra support for foreign students.


Special arrangements can be made for other courses upon request.

To enjoy leisure time at its best Carpe Diem offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities: tennis, horse riding, archery, cooking, fitness, football or golf as well as music and art activities.



The school fees include teaching, lunch and all afternoon activities.
Please contact us for further information.

Contact us

The choice of a suitable school for your children is not easy. Though you may gather further information from our website and get a first impression of our School and Boarding School, we invite you to visit us personally, meet our staff and gain a sense of the fine ethos and energy that exists here.

To arrange an appointment please contact our secretary Mrs. Rita Fuhs.

We very much look forward to meeting you and your child soon.


Privatschule Carpe Diem Haus Broich GmbH

Hausbroicherstraße 222
47877 Willich

Phone: 02641/9181-0
Fax: 02641/9181-20

Out of office hours you can contact us on:  +491784921640 (mobile)


Rita Fuhs

Rita Fuhs | Phone: 0049 26 41 / 91 81-0

For further questions please use the form below.
We'll be glad to advise you in person.

Schüler- und Elternstimmen

“Hallo Herr Kamp, hallo Herr Bonsignore, hallo auch dem Rest des Kollegiums, ich  werde vermutlich nicht die Zeit haben, mich bei jedem zu bedanken, daher schreibe ich einen Brief. Ich habe im vergangenen Schuljahr das erste Mal erleben dürfen dass Schule nicht nur aus einem endlosen Scheitern und Frustration bestehen muss. Ich habe mich im letzten Jahr stark verändert und endlich ein Stück Selbstvertrauen dazu gewonnen. Die Carpe Diem hat mir den Nährboden gegeben, um dies überhaupt zu ermöglichen. Dafür bin ich unglaublich dankbar. Ich habe keinen Grund mehr zu schleimen, daher können Sie mir glauben, ich sage, dass Sie alle Ihrem Beruf extrem engagiert und kompetent nachgehen. Ich wünsche Ihnen allen für die Zukunft alles Gute, Noah M.”

Noah M.

“Richtig stolz. Es ist schwer, alles in Worte zu fassen, wie dankbar ich bin, was wir gemeinsam geleistet haben.

Vielen vielen Dank für alles!

Wir wünschen Ihnen und dem ganzen Team schöne Weihnachten!

Mit freundlichem Gruß
Nicole I.”

Nicole I.

“Liebe Frau Selek, lieber Herr Bonsignore, liebe alle anderen LehrerInnen,

wir möchten Ihnen für Ihre hervorragende Arbeit von ganzem Herzen danken. Unsere Tochter wird mehr als perfekt betreut und wird, trotz aller Widrigkeiten, professionell auf die Prüfungen vorbereitet.

Sie machen alle einen wunderbaren Job.

Wir freuen uns auf die Zeit nach dem Spuk! Sollte es ein Sommerfest geben, wird das ein rauschendes.

Liebe Grüße
Familie M.”

Familie M.

“Die besten Jahre. Danke für die tolle und entspannte Zeit, die Mühe, die Geduld und die hervorragende pädagogische Arbeit. Hier ist jeder Cent bestens in die Zukunft unseres Kindes investiert.”

Maries W.

“Ich gehe mit Wehmut, aber auch mit Freude, dass ich diese Schule kennengelernt habe und soviele tolle Leute kennengelernt habe, die nur das Beste wollten. Danke Carpe Diem für diese tolle Zeit. Glück Auf!”

Hendrik B.

“Vielen herzlichen Dank an das gesamte Team der Carpe Diem. Wir sind überglücklich über den Erfolg.”

Inka O.

“We love Carpe Diem! Thanks for being our Life Saver School!”

Christine S.

“Wir bedanken uns aufrichtig und von ganzem Herzen beim gesamten Team der Carpe Diem für die vergangenen drei Jahre und den krönenden Abschluss!!!”

Sabine F.