Please find below some frequently asked questions and useful information. If you do not find here the answer to your question, please feel free to contact the admissions office.
The early pre-school program "Toute Petite Section" is the only program that does not run on the calendar year. It requires children to be 2-years old at the start of the academic year, or before September 1st.
To enter into pre-school "Petite Section", students must be 3-years old by December 31. Children, who are 5 years old, are accepted in the last year of preschool which is the equivalent of American kindergarten. See detailed age eligibility chart
A part-time program (3-days per week full time) is available only for the Toute Petite section (age 2). Priority however will be given to full time (5-days) requests.
There are no part time options for the Petite Section (age 3).
Most of the curriculum is taught in French. English is required at all grade levels and are place in instructional level classes. Beginner and advanced levels of Arabic and Spanish are offered afterschool in Elementary school (Arabic starts in 1st grade; Spanish starts in CE2/3rd grade).
As of 6th grade, students may study Spanish, German and Arabic in addition to French and English. Latin is also offered as an option. All options require a minimum of students to enroll for them to be offered.
Rochambeau offers 4 different levels of Spanish, including a native-level class, and a beginner or advanced level of Arabic.
Students may also independently pursue other languages through the French Online program (CNED).
Admissions applications for the following year are available in the end of the year for the following year. Ie. for the 2018-19 school year, admissions application should be available at latest Dec 2017.
The admissions application is a paperless process, requiring a scanned copy of all documents. Applications received by January deadline will receive an admissions response before March 1. After that date it is on a rolling basis.
No. Rochambeau follows the French national curriculum which leads to the French baccalauréat. The French baccalauréat offers an international option called the OIB (option internationale du baccalauréat) which includes a native level English language component.
Rochambeau offers AP* Literature and AP history as of 10th grade. A entrance evaluation is required to qualify for this class. An AP Calculus class is also offered to students in 11th grade (Science track 1ere S)
Many students also independently take AP exams. They prepare for the AP exams on their own.
* Advanced Placement
Does the Lycée Rochambeau prepare students for the PSAT, SAT, ACT and other U.S. standardized tests?
Maternelle: Drop off: 8:30 am; class starts at 9:00am – End of class activities: 3:10pm - Pick-up: 3:30pm
Elementary (grades 1-5): Drop off as of 8:00am; class start at 8:30 – End of day 3:20pm; Pick up between 3:20 and 3:45pm
6th and 7th grades: 8:30am – 3:30pm
8th grade and up – 8:30am – 3:30pm or 5:30pm depending on agenda and options
Is there afterschool childcare or after-school study hall or extracurricular activities at Rochambeau?
After school child care is offered as of 1st grade on the Rollingwood and Forest campus. Children as of 1st grade can register for afterschool childcare, study hall with teacher support (étude dirigée), or after school extracurricular activities "Club Rochambeau". The transportation system has a late run for students staying after normal school hours. For more information see Transportation and After school programs.
We do not have an afterschool service for children in the Maternelle (nursery to kindergarten), but have found convenient solutions for families needed afterschool daycare. After and before care solutions
At what age does a child begin elementary school?
The French school system is organized in cycles. Elementary school is the start of the second cycle that starts in first grade until fifth grade. To enter into first grade "CP", students must be 6-years old by December 31. Children who are coming from a different system and age cut-off dates, will be evaluated based on their academic grade. The final grade will be determined by the results of the evaluation and a common agreement between the school director and the parents.
Rochambeau provides transportation and bus services to its student living in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Pick-up and drop off points are determined in July for the following school year based on bus registrations. It is recommended to contact the transporation department to ensure that we provide service to your area. A shuttle service is also provided between campuses. This is a paying service. Financial aid takes into account the transportation fees. Transportation
Rochambeau does not have a cafeteria service on any of its three campuses. Students bring a lunch box and the school respects a no nut-policy.
The parent association has partnered with outside vendors to provide food delivery on certain dates for the Rollingwood campus (grades 1-4) and the Forest Campus (grades 5-12). Parents can order food online from specific menus. For more information.