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Rochambeau The French International School – Rollingwood Elementary School

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Rochambeau The French International School is a non-profit school, approved by the Ministry of Education and operating within the framework of the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE)As a member of this unique network ofnearly 500 schools in 135 countries worldwide, we offer the best of an education system acclaimed for the breadth of its program and its teaching of skill, providing its students with critical thinking, discipline and rigor.

Rochambeau is the only school in Washington DC and its surroundings to provide an education based on a unique combination of the French program and a high quality English program. It welcomes students from the Toute Petite Section preschool class (2yr old) to senior year, representing over 60 different nationalities, with varied cultural, socioeconomic and linguistic backgrounds.

This extraordinary diversity is an asset that we are quite proud ofOur students understand from an earlyage that differences and otherness are the richness of the world and great sources of discovery andpersonal enrichment.

At the crossroads of French and American cultures, we further increased the value of our academic andeducational approach by integrating the best of the American approach in terms of self development,autonomy, responsibility building, self-trust and creativity.

By giving our students access to a Maryland High School Diploma, as well as a French Baccalaureatthis unique education opens for them the doors of Francophone and Anglophone colleges and universities around the world.

Basic Facts

    Age Range:
    6yrs to 10 years

    Years Established: School established in 1955

    Enrollment: 400 students

    Average Class Size: 20

    Tuition: $17,240 per year

    Who you serve:
    Co-ed

    Mission/Philosophy
    The mission of Rochambeau, the French International School, is to create a multicultural learning environment built on a rigorous French curriculum accredited by the French Ministry of Education. The school is part of the worldwide AEFE network of schools and provides a safe environment that welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities, guiding them to become confident, caring, and open-minded critical thinkers who will gain access to the best universities and thrive in a diverse competitive world.

Contact Details

  • Address: 3200 Woodbine Street Chevy Chase MD
  • Zip Code: 20814
  • Phone: 301-530-8260
  • Website: http://www.rochambeau.org/

Important Q&A

    What differentiates your school from all others?
    Rochambeau is the only French school accredited by the French Ministry of Education in the Washington DC area, and the only school offering authentic French immersion, as the our students are receiving a bicultural education.

    Where do you see your school in 5 years, what will be different?
    We are expanding and will be moving to a new campus that will combine the Maternelle (nursery - K) and Elementary grades (1st - 5th grades) by 2021. This campus will be in proximity to the Forest Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. This new campus will allow us to explore increased opportunities to offer this unique educational opportunity to more French and non-French speaking families.

    Whats one myth about your school thats just not true?
    Rochambeau is a French school for French families
    False: Rochambeau is an international school and welcomes non-French speakers until 3rd grade through our specially designed French immersion program.

    What kind of student is most successful at your school?
    The student who is committed to the bilingual and multicultural experience and the challenges of learning in a different education system. The student needs to have the support of the family.

    Why should we choose your school?
    It is unique! Many families speak different languages at home, but true fluency and mastery of a language also comes from learning and education. At Rochambeau, students will master both French and English, and have the opportunity to learn one or two additional languages. For example, we offer native levels of Spanish as of 3rd grade. It's a great place for open minded, international families looking to give their child a competitive advantage in this global world.

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