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 of nearly 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 of! Our 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.
Available Spots: We have spots available in Kindergarten, and in 2nd grade and 3rd grade.
Age 2 - Grade 12
Years Established: School established in 1955
Enrollment: 1080 students
Average Class Size: 20
Tuition: $17,150 - $23,000
Who you serve:
Co-ed, Elementary, High School, Middle School, Preschool
The mission of Rochambeau 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.
- Address: 9600 Forest Road, Bethesda MD
- Zip Code: 20814
- Phone: 301-530-8260
- Website: http://www.rochambeau.org/
What differentiates your school from all others?
Rochambeau, The French International School is the only school in the Washington DC area that is accredited by the French Education to administer the French curriculum, a comprehensive, world recognized educational program. In the French system, formal education starts as early as age 2 and continues in cycles through high school, building the foundations for learning. Diversity and languages are a strength at Rochambeau with over 78 nationalities represented. Our diverse students are not only bilingual (French/English), but can also take a third or fourth language. We offer native level Spanish, German, and students can start studying Arabic as early as 1st grade. Our graduates receive two diplomas: The High School diploma, and the French Baccalauréat. Students can also take AP classes, and can opt to take the International Option of the French Bac(OIB)accredited by the US college board. Rochambeau is part of the French Network of schools abroad, meaning that your child can seamlessly change from country to country, school to school and receive the same quality education anywhere in the world.
Where do you see your school in 5 years, what will be different?
Rochambeau is continuing to grow, inviting students of all origins and nationalities to benefit from the unique educational experience Rochambeau offers. Our mission to offer a multicultural learning environment built on a rigorous French curriculum accredited by the French Ministry of Education remains strong. We will continue to increas options for a bicultural educational opportunities, with AP offerings in High School.
Whats one myth about your school thats just not true?
MYTH: Rochambeau is a French school only for French families preparing for higher education in France.
Truth: Rochambeau is an international school providing a worldwide recognized diploma - The French Baccalaurate with an International Option. Our diverse students represent over 78 nationalities. No matter their background, one can find their place. Speaking French is not a prerequisite until 4th grade. Students are prepared to easily integrate schools in the US, Canada, UK, France or anywhere the student would like to go. The majority of our students continue their university studies in highly competitive schools outside if France (US, Canada, and UK).
What kind of student is most successful at your school?
Well-rounded, global minded students are the most successful at Rochambeau. The French curriculum is comprehensive and rigorous and in 11th and 12th grades, the students begin to prepare for the French Baccalaureat exam. Students who are curious and interested in contributing to the world as a global citizen.
Why should we choose your school?
Rochambeau presents a unique opportunity: a truly transformative environment in which students can learn, grow and become fully prepared to thrive and succeed in an ever-changing world. Rochambeau optimizes students' potential by giving them many opportunities as possible for their future, including becoming bilingual and bicultural. Having a broad base of knowledge, the ability to analyze and think critically, and an understanding of the world from different perspectives.
What differentiates your care center from all the others?
The Maternelle (age 2 to 5) is the beginning of formalized instruction in French and English. The highly educated and trained teachers follow the French curriculum focusing on 5 areas: oral language and written word discovery, math and logical thinking, discovering the world (time, space, nature..), physical education, visual arts and music. The aim is to provide a stimulating environment for learning and socialization and to help them become independent. It sets the foundational skills for fluency in two languages and the confidence for success in school and beyond.
What is your philosophy regarding childcare?
The philosophy of the French Maternelle (starting age 2) is to provide a structured educational program in a warm and nurturing environment. We want the children to want to come to school! Children begin to learn and socialize while acquiring the building blocks needed for academic success in both French and English. The approach is interdisciplinary and project oriented using an overall theme in which the various disciplines such as logical thinking, mathematics, communication, oral and written skills, relation of the body in space through physical education are brought together in a way that is both stimulating and fun. Children are encouraged to explore in a structured, yet open atmosphere that facilitates and inspires learning at this young age.
What lead you to operate a childcare center?
The French educational system is renowned for its program in early childhood education, the Maternelle. School in France starts at age 2 or 3.