Rochambeau The French International Maternelle 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.
2 - 5 years
Years Established: School established in 1955
Enrollment: 254 students
Average Class Size: 12-24 students
Tuition: $17,150 - $19,360
Who you serve:
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.
- Address: 7108 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817, USA
- Zip Code: 20814
- Phone: 3015308260
- Website: www.rochambeau.org
What differentiates your school from all others?
Rochambeau is the only accredited French school in the Washington DC area offering France's renowned early preschool education, "La Maternelle". The French curriculum starts as of age 2 and runs in cycles through 12th grade, and the Maternelle is the where the foundations are build from age 2 through kindergarten. Albeit, part of a larger system, the Maternelle remains separate, ensuring that the children are educated in a warm and nurturing environment.
The French preschool education was first established in the 1880's to ensure consistent high quality education in early childhood. The French preschool teachers are selected and trained in a rigorous competitive process, and receive the same training to reach at preschool or elementary levels. The French curriculum in the preschool is taught in French and English. Children will learn to navigate in both languages through the various disciplines of logical thinking, mathematics, communication, oral and written skills, relation of the body in space and through physical education.
Where do you see your school in 5 years, what will be different?
Rochambeau is expanding to allow more student the opportunity to benefit from the unique and excellent French education. In 2021, Rochambeau will have a new campus combining the Maternelle and Elementary schools. This campus will be located in proximity to the main Forest Road campus in Bethesda Maryland.
Whats one myth about your school thats just not true?
Rochambeau is a French school only for French families!
FALSE, Rochambeau is an international school with over 70 different nationalities represented. The curriculum follows the French system, but children will also have English and bilingual class, allowing them to develop fluency between both languages.
What kind of student is most successful at your school?
The student that is most successful is the child who feels that she/he has the support of their family and the commitment to continue through the program for mastery in both French and English . For the children entering our program with limited or no French, it can be challenging. Parents need to understand that becoming bilingual is a long process, and benefits of choosing a bilingual education are proven, but the road to get there can be at times challenging! The children who succeed are those who continue through the program with strong support from their families.
Why should we choose your school?
If you are looking for academic excellence, a multicultural and diverse environment, and the finest qualities of the French and American education systems, Rochambeau is the place for you. Our families find a community that is open to the world and committed to learning and critical thinking.