IB Diploma ProgramME project for 2021

Rochambeau, French International School will be for the school year 2021-2022 (*pending authorization) the home of a new International Baccalaureate Diploma track (IBDP) for all students in 11-12th grades. Rochambeau will be offering the full diploma to all IB students with the choice of sitting for the French-English Advanced Bilingual Diploma examination.

The IB diploma, along with the French baccalaureate, provide a rigorous educational framework which seeks to develop students who are creative and compassionate individuals by promoting international awareness and understanding.  All IB Programmes worldwide operate under the fundamental philosophy that by educating students, we create a better world. 


Rochambeau, the French International School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

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.

**Mission Statement from the IB The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.  


What is an IB Education?



The IB Education is a holistic approach of education based in 10 essential qualities that each students develops over a core curriculum with a significant content. This education philosophy is based on a renewed approach of teaching and learning.

An IB education focuses on learners and works within global contexts by offering more understanding of languages and cultures.

It's a unique program, internationally-mindedness, constantly sharpened by research, managed by an independent organization founded in 1968 in Switzerland, and widely recognized.

A worldwide community:
  • Over 4,200 IB World Schools
  • More than 75,000 teachers
  • More than 1,250,000 students


>> Click here to read the entire brochure about the IB Education.

The Benefits of the IB Diploma Programme

The IB offers four high-quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. Rochambeau is candidate for the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), for students aged 16-19. 

"The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a balanced and academically challenging programme of education with rigorous assessment. The DP prepares students for success in higher education and encourages them to become active participants in an increasingly global society. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities."

>> Frequently asked questions about the Diploma Programme.


"International research shows that there are many benefits to choosing the DP over other 16-19 curricula. For example:

  • DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them, according to one study
  • Analysis of DP students in Canada, the UK and the USA found that the DP’s extended essay improves students’ approach to learning in higher education
  • 72% of students taking the DP in China attend one of the world’s top 500 universities, according to a 2013 study."

>> More information on benefits here.


The IB at Rochambeau


Rochambeau is candidate for the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), for students in the last two years of high school. 

 >> What you need to know about the IB and the Diploma Programme







Preparation to enter the IB track in 10th grade (starting in 2020-2021)

Starting in September 2020, Rochambeau will offer students interested in joining the upcoming Rochambeau IB Diploma track in 2021-2023 a series of courses and electives that aim to help them be successful in the diploma program.

>> Click here to find the Pre-IB Webinar presentation & recording.

This preparation is made of 3 different electives. These electives can be chosen separately, in pairs, or all three at the time.

Although taking these courses is not mandatory to enter the IB diploma program in 11th grade, it is strongly recommended. In the case that we have more applicants for the IB diploma program than we have available space, students will be selected based on the seriousness of their preparation for the Diploma Program and on the basis, they have taken the following classes.








The American Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) is an option of the French Baccalauréat. Rochambeau has been offering the OIB for over twenty years. Recognized by the College Board and the Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, The OIB gives our curriculum a formal framework to foster the school’s bi-culturalism. 

>> Presentation of the OIB


In continuity with the US math program taught in 9th grade, The Rochambeau US Math Program focuses and the component of the Precal Program as it’s taught in American schools and seeks to:

  • familiarize students with the American approach to math education and assessment; and
  • supplement and reinforce the French math curriculum with topics from the Algebra II math course in the U.S. system; and
  • teach students to think critically and express mathematical reasoning precisely in English; and
  • encourage students to be more discerning about when and when not to use a calculator; and
  • prepare students for U.S. college-entrance standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT; for the AP Calculus course in the coming years; and for Anglophone college-level math courses.

This two hours electives per week focuses on the following curriculum: Trig functions, the unit circle, graphs of trig functions, graphs of nonlinear functions with horizontal and vertical shifts, domain and range of trig functions and inverse trig functions, inverse functions and one to one functions, logarithms and natural logs, compound interest, exponential growth and decay, polar coordinates, complex numbers, modeling with linear and nonlinear functions, probability and statistics and piecewise functions.


Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is, along the Extended Essay (EE) and the Community, Action, Service program (CAS), part of the core curriculum.

This elective belongs to the group 1 and cannot be chosen along any other elective of this group




Advanced Topic US History


IB Core curriculum Introduction

Arts (Musique, Arts, cinema, théâtre)

US Math / Pre Cal

Module 1: CAS preparation at Rochambeau

CAS Strands and Components 

  • Creativity: Exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretative product or performance 
  • Activity: Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle 
  • Service: Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need 

The Pre-IB CAS program will prepare students to:

  • Meet 7 Learning Outcomes 
  • Understand how to complete CAS projects based on the three Strands of Creativity, Activity, and Service 
  • Develop the attributes of the Learner Profile 
  • Connect a CAS experience to the classroom
  • Complete a Project with at least 2 other students that lasts at least 1 month and includes Stages 
  • Incorporate reflections in line with the 7 learning outcomes and IB Learner Profile

This course will be taught mostly in English. Assessment will be based on assiduity, participation (quality and quantity), and personal investment. At the end of the course, students will receive a pass/fail evaluation.

Module 2: TOK preparation

In the Diploma program, the Theory of Knowledge class (TOK) provides students with the opportunity to reflect on the nature of knowledge and the status of the knower. Through different themes (e.g. history, mathematics, arts….) and subjects (Technology, politics…) students are encouraged to assess what they know and how they know what they claim to know through various questions such as what ethical constrains should there be on the pursuit of knowledge? Or How can we decide between the judgments of experts if they disagree with each other. 

Because TOK is such a new class for students, Rochambeau has decided to prepare students starting in 10th grade and help them develop key skills that will be useful when they officially start the class in 11th grade.

This 20-hour course will focus on:

  • An introduction to the curriculum and how it is assessed
  • An exploration of the main concepts of the TOK
  • The study of a theme from a TOK Perspective: languages

This course will be taught mostly in English. It will not be grades, but assessment will be based on assiduity, participation (quality and quantity) and personal investment. At the end of the course student will receive a pass/fail evaluation. 

Module 3: EE preparation

The EE Preparation course will allow the students to understand the criteria for the Extended Essay assessment. In this series of workshops, students will become familiar with how to form research questions and methodology, how to relate their essays to the specific subject area, discuss critical analysis, how to format their essay, and the role of reflection throughout. 


    • Philippe Vanhille, Academic Director & IB Coordinator
T 301.530.8260 


    • Richard Murphy, English Language Program Manager & CAS and Extended Coordinator
T 301.530.8260 ext 315
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