Admissions POLICY AND PROCEDURES

The mission of Rochambeau is to create a multicultural learning environment built on a rigorous French curriculum accredited by the French Ministry of Education. Read more

Rochambeau The French International School admits qualified students of all nationalities, race, origin, or economic status to all programs and activities made available to the students by the school. Section 504 coordinator is Philippe Vanhille.

Rochambeau The French International school is looking for students who:

  • value the French education and curriculum
  • demonstrate age appropriate academic performance
  • are motivated, positive and internationally-minded
  • act in a way that is respectful of self and others
  • enrich and contribute to the Rochambeau community
  • believe in the Rochambeau vision, mission and values

The admissions process starts in the fall one year ahead of the school year being applied for and continues on a rolling-admissions basis. The number of spots available is based on attrition at all grade levels and varies from year to year.

Admission for 2020-21 school year: Rolling admissions - still accepting applications

Admission for 2021-22 school year: Applications open in October; Deadline January 18  

Admission notification: March 6 for Round One applications received by January 13. After that date, notification is rolling based on availability.

Priority is given to families with siblings already enrolled at Rochambeau. 

Enrolled students: Re-enrollment for our enrolled students opens after the board has validated the tuition and transportation fees for the following school year.  Rochambeau reserves the right to deny continued enrollment or re-enrollment to any student in accordance with the Annual Tuition and Fees Contract. 

apply

Maternelle: Nursery, Pre-K, K

Eligibility criteria

A student's grade level is determined by birth date.  The school adheres to the French cut-off date of December 31 for all grades except TPS

-          Your child must be 2 years old by September 1 to enter Nursery 1 (TPS)

-          Your child must be 3 years old by December 31 to enter Nursery 2 (PS)

-          Your child must be 4 years old by December 31 to enter Pre-K (MS)

-          Your child must be 5 years old by December 31 to enter K (GS)

Prerequisites

-          There is no language competency requirement for the maternelle

-          All applicants, except TPS (2-years old) must be toilet-trained before the school year begins

Steps to Apply 

1. Campus Visit (Optional): If you live in the area or can visit, we recommend that you register for a tour or open house

2. Application form: submit online form along with the $100 non-refundable application fee. When you have submitted your fee, you will have access to your checklist.

3. Required documents: Upload the following documents on your child’s checklist.

      • Recent photo of your child (format JPG, PNG)
      • Scan of your child's birth certificate or French "Livret de famille"
      • Letter of motivation by the parents outlining the reasons for applying to Rochambeau. Please elaborate your choice of the French language and curriculum and how it fits with your child and family's plans. It is important to note that it is a commitment and investment of time for families who do not speak French (or English) at home to choose our bilingual program. Reinforcement of the French language and French-speaking cultures outside of classroom hours is encouraged.
      • School reports or external assessments reports (when applicable)
      • Applicants should ask the child’s current teacher or caretaker (when applicable) to complete the Maternelle Evaluation Form available on the checklist.   

4.Observation session: If your child is not in a daycare or preschool, an observation session will be organized. If you live overseas, an online virtual assessment will be organized. 

Applications will only be reviewed when all required documents are submitted 


Admission decisions

Decision Notifications for Round One applicants will be sent in early March. In order to be considered for Round One, your application must be submitted by the January 13 deadline. Round Two applicants will be considered on a rolling admission only if space permits. If your child is accepted, you are asked to return a signed contract with the below non-refundable enrollment fees in order to secure your child’s spot.

  • First-time enrollment fee of $2,000 (this is a one-time fee per family; it is non-refundable and non-deductible from tuition fees)
  • Annual registration fee per child of $1500 (early bird fee proposed at $650 for Round One admitted students)

Elementary: CP/1st - CM2/5th grade

Eligibility criteria

  • Students entering 1st grade/CP must be 6 years old by December 1st or have received a “passage de niveau” from an accredited French school. If you are applying from a non-French school that does not have the same age requirements, the final grade will be determined by the student assessment, teacher evaluations, and report cards.
  • French beginner speakers are eligible via our dedicated French Immersion program in grades 1-3 (depending on availability). Students must demonstrate advanced skills in English and mathematics.
  • Starting with fourth grade (CM1), Students must demonstrate age-appropriate understanding and linguistic competence in French.
  • English in not a prerequisite for any grade.  As of 2nd grade, students are evaluated in English and placed in their level (beginner, intermediate, proficient/native)

Steps to Apply

1. Campus Visit (Optional): If you live in the area or can visit, we recommend that register for a tour or open house.

2. Application form: submit online form along with the $100 non-refundable application fee. When you have submitted your fee, you will have access to your checklist.

3. Required documents: Upload the following documents on your child’s checklist.

  • Photo of your child (format JPG, PNG)
  • Scan of your child's birth certificate or French "Livret de famille"
  • Letter of motivation by the parents outlining the reasons for applying to Rochambeau. Please elaborate your choice of the French language and curriculum and how it fits with your child and family's plans. It is important to note that it is a commitment and investment of time for families who do not speak French (or English) at home to choose our bilingual program. Reinforcement of the French language and French-speaking cultures outside of classroom hours is encouraged.
  • Scan of your child's previous year's report cards or evaluation reports and when available current year report cards.
  • Teacher Evaluation Form: Applicants must request that child’s current teacher complete the online form. The form is sent to the teacher from the checklist.   

4. Assessments

  • Students enrolled in a school accredited by the French Ministry of Education (Schools in France, AEFE, RMLF) are accepted based on their school records.
  • Students enrolled in a school not accredited by the French Ministry of Education, such as a local private or public US school, a French Immersion school, or a European school must take a French language and Math entry evaluation.  Testing starts in December.  If the family lives abroad, an arrangement will be made with an appointed agent. Overview of competences tested for entrance into: 1st grade2nd grade3rd grade4th grade5th grade
  • French Beginners applying for the French Immersion program (Grades 1-3) will be assessed in English and Mathematics. Applicants must demonstrate advanced skills in English and mathematics.

Rochambeau reserves the right on a case by case basis to offer a conditional acceptance, request additional teacher recommendation, interviews, or require additional school work, or deny admissions.

Admission decisions

Decision Notifications for Round One applicants will be sent in early March. In order to be considered for the Round One applicant pool, your application must be submitted by the January 18 deadline. Round Two applicants will be considered on a rolling admission only if space permits. If your child is accepted, you are asked to return a signed contract with the below non-refundable enrollment fees in order to secure your child’s spot.

  • First-time enrollment fee of $2,000 (this is a one-time fee per family; it is non-refundable and non-deductible from tuition fees)
  • Annual registration fee per child of $1500 (early bird fee proposed at $650 for Round One admitted students)

Middle and High School, French Baccalaureate Program - 6th/6e - 12th/Terminale

Eligibility criteria

  • Students must demonstrate age-appropriate understanding and linguistic competence in written and oral French. 
  • Students coming from a non-accredited school must take an entrance exam to validate their level and readiness for the rigors of the French curriculum 
  • English proficiency is not a requirement, except for students requesting the "Section Internationale Américaine" option offered in 6th, 5th, 10th, 11th

Steps to Apply

1. Campus Visit (Optional): If you live in the area or can visit, we recommend that you register for a tour.

2. Application form: submit online form along with the $100 non-refundable application fee. When you have submitted your fee, you will have access to your checklist.

3. Required documents: Upload the following documents on your child’s checklist.

  • Photo of your child (format JPG, PNG)
  • Scan of your child's birth certificate or French "Livret de famille"
  • Parent letter of motivation outlining the reasons for applying to Rochambeau. Please elaborate your choice of the French language and curriculum and how it fits with your child and family's plans. It is important to note that it is a commitment and investment of time for families who do not speak French (or English) at home to choose our bilingual program. Reinforcement of the French language and French-speaking cultures outside of classroom hours is encouraged.
  • Student handwritten motivation letter in French (two paragraphs maximum). It should include their academic and personal interests, and how they are maintaining their level of French (CNED, tutor...).
  • Scan of your child's previous year's report cards or evaluation reports and when available current year report cards.
  • If your child is applying for 11th (1ère) through 12th grade (Terminale), please note report cards for 8th (4ème) and 9th (3ème) are required. 
  • Teacher Evaluation Form: Applicants must request that child’s counselor or teacher complete the online form. The form is sent to the teacher from the checklist.   
  • If your child is applying for the "Section américaine internationale" option (6th-7th grades) or the OIB program in Lycée (10th-12th grade), you must submit the English teacher recommendation form and a current literary analysis essay.

4. Assessments

  • Students enrolled in a school accredited by the French Ministry of Education (Schools in France, AEFE, RMLF) are accepted based on their school records.
  • Students enrolled in a school not accredited by the French Ministry of Education, such as a local private or public US school, a French Immersion school, or a European school must take a entrance exam in French, mathematics, and, depending upon grade level, other subjects.  Testing starts in December.  If the family lives abroad, an arrangement will be made with an appointed agent.
  • Students applying for the "Section américaine internationale" option will be given an English assessment in June. 

Rochambeau reserves the right on a case by case basis to offer a conditional acceptance, request additional teacher recommendation, interviews, or require additional school work, or deny admissions.

Admission decisions

Decision Notifications for Round One applicants will be sent via email early March. In order to be considered for the Round One applicant pool, your application must be submitted by the January 18 deadline. Round Two applicants will be considered on a rolling admission only if space permits. If your child is accepted, you are asked to return a signed contract with the below non-refundable enrollment fees in order to secure your child’s spot.

  • First-time enrollment fee of $2,000 (this is a one-time fee per family; it is non-refundable and non-deductible from tuition fees)
  • Annual registration fee per child of $1500 (early bird fee proposed at $650 for Round One admitted students)

 

Next steps after enrolling my child(ren) - New family Information

Bienvenue! Welcome!

We are very excited to welcome you to Rochambeau, The French International School.

For many of you, this will be a big change, either because you are moving to a new country, a new home, or simply a new school. We strive to accompany you through this transition with the support of the Rochambeau community.

 Below is a timeline which gives you a general idea what to expect and when.

  • June:
    • Access codes to Rochambeau Parent portal and SNAP health portal is sent to families
    • deadline to register for transportation to ride at the start of the school year. 
    • English level testing for local families 
    • Spring Fair on Rochambeau Forest Campus. New family reception = virtual online gathering
  • Mid-June: deadline to order books for middle and high school (6th – 12th grade).
  • July 
    • Medical forms due
    • End of year report cards must be submitted to admissions: documents
  • End of August (approximately a week prior to the start of school): 
    • New family orientation for all new students and parents.
    • English placement testing for all new students (19 August)

Important Requirements

> Tuition payments begin in June. For parents paying directly, you must open a FACTS (US Bank) or FLYWIRE (International) account at the time of enrollment or latest by May 1.  If your employer is paying, please ensure that we have the correct contact information. Information For all questions: facturation@rochambeau.org

> Medical information A Health certificate and immunization form are required by Maryland State law to start school: Maryland Vaccine Requirements for Children in School. Instructions and deadlines will be sent via email.

> Final report cards: All last semester/trimester report cards are to be submitted in July. For students coming from in US Middle or High school, please request an official transcript from the registrar’s office. The exeat is only required from students coming from French or AEFE schools. These documents are required for admissions.    

Other useful information

> Visiting the school: Since many of our families are coming from all over the world, an orientation day is planned before the start of school. This is the best way time to discover the school and meet staff and teachers and other families.  There is no visits of the campuses organized over the summer.

> Parent ambassadors: On the parent portal, you can access our list of parent ambassadors. They are there to help facilitate your transition to Rochambeau. For issues regarding admissions, billing, medical information or transportation, or other specific questions, please contact the Rochambeau school contact.

> Supply lists and books and summer reading:  Information is posted on the parent portal in June.

> Club activities and after school study hall or care (only available as of 1st grade): Registration and information will be sent in August.  

Campus

Nouveau dans la région

Information locale | Local Culture

 Site utile pour francophones | Useful sites for Francofiles

 

 

Contacts

Admissions: admissions@rochambeau.org

Billing: facturation@rochambeau.org

Nurse: nurse@rochambeau.org

Transportation: rochambus@rochambeau.org

Books and supplies: salmanm@rochambeau.org

 

Rochambeau operates on the French School calendar.   School calendar  A welcome day is organized before the start of school for the new families

Forest Rd Campus
Elementary • Secondary • Administrative Offices
9600 Forest Rd Bethesda, MD 20814
301.530.8260
3200 Woodbine St Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301.907.3265
Bradley Campus
Maternelle • Preschool
7108 Bradley Blvd Bethesda, MD 20817
301.767.1683
powered by finalsite