Admissions Procedures

Rochambeau admits qualified students of all nationalities, race, origin, or economic status to all the, programs and activities made available to the students by the school.  The admissions office reviews applications on a rolling basis.  Priority is given to applicants applying before January 15.  After that date, applications will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis, based on availability.   

Acceptance decisions for applicants having applied before the January deadline will be communicated by March. 

Re-enrollment for 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. 

Below is an outline of the application process and the documents required for all new students.


Please fill out our information form so we may better assist with the admission process: 

Applying for 2019-20 School Year

Online application forms for the 2019-20 school year will be accessible as of November 1. The links will be posted online.

Applying for 2018-19 School Year

The admission application is a two-part process online. 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Priority is given to families with siblings already enrolled at Rochambeau. There is a $100 non-refundable application fee per student which is to be paid online with a bank card.


Part I: Application Form

PART II: Upload required documents to complete the admissions application: Document upload  

  • A recent photo of your child
  • Scan of your child's birth certificate or a valid passport
  • A letter of motivation by the parents outlining the reasons for applying to Rochambeau and your desired start date. 
  • A scan of your child's current year and previous year's report cards or evaluation reports. 
  • If your child is applying for 8th through 12th grade, and is currently not in a French or AEFE accredited school, he/she must submit a personal motivation letter in French
  • If your child is applying for 11th (1ère) through 12th grade (Terminale), 8th (4ème) and 9th (3ème) grade report cards are required.
  • If you child is applying for the OIB program in Lycée (10th-12th grade) one or two critical literary or creative writing compositions of around 250 words corrected by this year's English teacher
  • If the student is not attending school or the nursery/pre-school does not issue a report, please contact admissions.  

A recommendation form is required for all students applying.  
Once we have received all the required documents and the recommendation forms sent by your teachers, we may contact you to organize an evaluation (see Required Student Evaluations and Assessments below)

Recommendation forms

Recommendation Forms


Recommendation forms are required for all students applying to Rochambeau.

If applying to Nursery/Preschool /K, one recommendation form is required by the main teacher or caretaker (daycare, extracurricular activity...)  If your child is not in school, please contact the admissions office 

If applying to 1st through 5th grade, one recommendation form is required from a homeroom teacher

If applying to 6th through 12th grade, one recommendation forms are required from the school counselor or homeroom teacher

For all students applying to the International Option of the French Baccelauréat (OIB) in 10-12th grade, one recommendation from English teacher

Parents - Please copy and paste the link below and send it to the person you have asked to fill out the recommendation form.  The information is contained in the form.


The recommendation forms are to be sent directly to the admissions office by the teacher 

Admissions Criteria

The admissions process starts with understanding if your child is eligible to apply in terms of age and language requirements.


Minimum age requirements to enter Preschool and Elementary School

The French Education system runs on the calendar year. With the exception of early pre-school, students must be 3-years old by December 31 to enter into Pre-school at the start of the academic year. Children entering the early pre-school must be 2-years old at the start of the academic year, or before September 1st.

Please review the chart that will help you determine to which grade your child should apply.

Applying to French Grade   

American Grade


Must turn age  



Early Pre-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.

Language Prerequisites


•      From Nursery (Age 2) to 3rd grade: there is no language prerequisite.  Students in the Maternelle (pre-school - K) are immersed in the French and English classes. Beginners receive language language reinforcement. In Elementary school (1st-3rd grade), non-French speaking children enter into a special French Immersion program.

•      4th grade through 12th: Students must demonstrate age-appropriate understanding and linguistic competence in French. Students must pass a French language and Math entry evaluation. 

•      English in not a prerequisite for any grades.  As of 2nd grade, students are evaluated in English and placed in their level (beginner, intermediate, proficient/native)

Rochambeau offers the French curriculum with a strong native-level English component. Children will be learning in two languages and exposed to different pedagogical methods. This enriching, yet ambitious objective means that the student and his/her family must be highly motivated and open-minded, ready to take on the challenges of Rochambeau's pedagogical philosophy.  

International Option of the French Bac (OIB)


The OIB and OIB prepartory classes are offered starting in 10th grade. Requirements for this option are:

  • Excellent overall academic record 
  • Strong written and oral English skills

Supplements are required in the application, and students will be tested and interviewed to confirm acceptance.

French Immersion Program

At Rochambeau, we offer a unique program to extend our bilingual and bicultural advantage to children who do not speak French or have a limited knowledge of the language.

As of age 2, non-French speaking children can enter directly into the 1st four years of preschool in our bilingual program, or starting in 1st grade and up to 3rd grade, student can integrate a specially adapted French Immersion program.

For more information: Experience/Elementary/French Immersion or contact us by filling out an inquiry form and attend an Open House. 

Required Student Evaluations and Assessments

• All students coming from a school accredited by the French Ministry of Education (Schools in France, AEFE, RMLF) are accepted based on their school records. 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. English and foreign language evaluations will be given to place the children in the English and foreign language classes during the first week of school.

• Students applying to 1st grade through 12th, coming from 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 an entrance exam in French and Math, and other subjects depending upon the grade or choice of baccalauréat to validate admissions.  

• Students applying to the maternelle not attending a school or daycare not accredited by the  French Ministry of Education may be invited to attend an observation session.  

Evaluation dates:

For Maternelle: Dates in February to be confirmed

For Elementary school: Dates in February to be confirmed

For Middle and High School: Dates in February to be confirmed

For students living abroad, exams may be organized by a local accredited AEFE school, or in the summer before the start of school. Conditional acceptances will be made based on admissions application. 

The Admissions Office will contact your family to set up an appointment for the evaluation

Receiving Admissions Decisions and enrolling your children

The admissions committee will send out decision letters in early March to applicants.

The acceptance letter to qualifying applications will provide a link and password to access our online enrollment form and contract to officially enroll your child(ren) at our school.  

Your child(ren)'s enrollment is considered official once we receive the following:

  1. Completed Online Enrollment form
  2. Enrollment and registration fees
  • 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 ) 

3. If you are financing the tuition, a FACTS Agreement number issued by the FACTS TUITION MANAGEMENT system. To open an account FACTS, click here

  • Facts Tuition Management is a mechanism for the payment of tuition allowing you to pay in full or in monthly installments. Please note that you need an American bank account to enroll in FACTS.  If you do not yet have a US bank account, we will bill you for the first tuition payment until you are able to open a FACTS account.  I do not have a US bank account yet, how can I complete the enrollment process?

4. If your company is covering tuition costs, you will indicate the contact and billing information on the payment section of the enrollment form.


For more details on FACTS or Tuition payment, please refer to the Tuition and FeesFor information on Financial Aid, please refer to the Financial Aid.


Next steps after enrolling my child(ren) - New family Information 2018-19

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.

Please review the information below. More information will be updated over the next months and before the 1st day of school on August 28th.

Important Dates

  • Saturday June 18: Spring Fair on Rochambeau Forest Campus. New family reception at 11:30am in the library (CDI).
  • Friday, June 20: deadline to order books for middle and high school (6th – 12th grade). Details posted online as of June 8. 
  • July 1: Medical forms due
  • July 6: Deadline to reserve transportation services: information and registration
  • July 15: End of year report cards must be submitted to admissions: documents
  • Friday, August 24: New family orientation for 5th grade – 12th grade (CM2 –T) from 2-5pm.
  • Monday, August 27: New family orientation for Maternelle (Nursery-K) from 9am – 12pm; for Elementary (1st – 4th grade) from 2pm – 5pm.

Important Requirements

> Tuition payments begin in June. For parents paying directly, you must open a FACTS account. If you do not have a US bank account, an invoice will be sent. If your employer is paying, please ensure that we have the correct contact information. Information For all questions:

> Medical information A Health certificate and immunization form are required by Maryland State law to start school. The forms must be submitted online by July 1st on the SNAP health portal.  Please see information for requirements per grade level. The forms DO NOT need to be completed by a US doctor. We encourage you to complete the medical forms with your local doctor in your country. Students will not be allowed to attend school without the proper medical forms. For all questions contact:

> Final report cards: All last semester/trimester report cards are to be submitted by July 15. 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. Link to submit documents

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: volunteer parents will be reaching out to the new families via email. 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.  






Books and supplies:


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
3200 Woodbine St Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Bradley Campus
Maternelle • Preschool
7108 Bradley Blvd Bethesda, MD 20817
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