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.


Rochambeau, the French International School, values diversity, celebrates multiculturalism, and empowers students to understand and improve the world around them.


Pursuit of Excellence, expect and help everyone to do their best

Intellectual rigor and fairness, strong emphasis on hard work and work well-done

Adaptability to a changing world

Respect for diversity, the individual, ideas, cultures and the environment

Support and cooperation between and among our students, our staff and our community

Openness and transparency in our decision making process and communication

Goals for 2016-2021

Pursuit of Excellence

Aligning our curriculum to ensure it matches the school’s mission and local conditions, with well-rounded graduates admitted to the best universities worldwide, and prepared to succeed in the world


Complement and adapt the French curriculum to fit the needs of our students 

Recruit, retain, and support the best possible faculty  

Seek accreditation by a local accreditation agency (AIMS)

Financial Stability

Put the school into a financially secure situation by means of tight control of expenses and having annual budgets including capital expense budgets that are balanced, and augmenting reserves by a minimum of one million dollars a year


Augment sources of revenues through

        • Summer camps
        • Tuition fees
        • Reviewing structure of existing fees

Augment fundraising through outreach to 

        • Parent communities
        • Governments
        • Alumni
        • Grant making foundations
        • Corporations

Creating resources to finance capital expenditures 

Rigorous annual budget review 


Maintaining Balance

Maintain a balanced student body, including native and non-native French speakers


Develop retention strategies for existing families 

Develop marketing strategies for each of our segmented target audiences

Develop a plan for increasing the size of graduating class 

Location Expansion

Within the next five years, to have finalized plans and identified funding for consolidating and improving our facilities


Commission or identify feasibility study for growth on Forest Road and Bradley 

Continue to look for real estate opportunities in the area 

Reexamine special exceptions at all campuses

Develop communications program for stakeholders to keep them informed 


Increase awareness of Rochambeau


Develop a comprehensive communications plan, including advertising and public relations 

Seek external awards for the school 

Attract two external board members and add an alumni 

Develop a calendar of events tied to the French culture and the Rochambeau school 



Building community bridges


Create more opportunities for student engagement inside and outside of the classroom 

Strengthen parents’ and teachers’ engagement in the life at school 

Expand dialogue between and among different stakeholders 

Increase communications pathways between the parents and the school 

Explain and promote the specificities of education program to all parents

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