French International School

Bethesda, MD
Contact: (301) 530-8260

Overview

In the greater Washington DC area, Rochambeau presents a unique opportunity: a truly transformative environment in which students learn, grow and become fully prepared to thrive and succeed in an ever-changing world, earning both a US High School diploma and a French Baccalaur_at.

The academic quality of the Rochambeau program is such that students obtain their US high school diplomas at the end of 11th grade and their French Baccalaur_at at the end of 12th grade. Prepared for success beyond high school, our graduates pursue their higher education studies in the United States, Canada, the U.K., France and international universities around the globe. In fact, most of our students apply to university in more than one country, and Rochambeau graduates may receive up to a full year of college credit.

As documented in numerous studies, bilingual education enhances cognitive development including the ability for abstraction, conceptualization and problem solving. Bilingual children are better at math, focus and adapt better, and receive higher scores on standardized tests. At Rochambeau, bilingual education begins as early as 3 years old and is an integral part of the curriculum at all grade levels. In addition bilingual children have an easier time learning additional languages. As early as 3rd grade, students can begin studying a third language. By middle school, all students study a third language (Spanish, German, Arabic) and in addition can choose Latin as an elective. Some students even choose to study a fourth language.

With over 55 nationalities, Rochambeau is a truly multicultural and diverse community, one in which students no matter their backgrounds can find their place. Classrooms are full of lively discussion and students demonstrate the ability to understand the world from many different perspectives. Rochambeau is part of the AEFE (Agency for French Education Overseas), a network of nearly 500 schools in 130 countries worldwide. Students within the network can move with ease from Washington DC to San Francisco, from Singapore to London, and enjoy the same quality of education. Rochambeau is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and recognized by the Department of Education of the State of Maryland.

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