High School

High school in the French school is a three-year cycle that starts in 10th grade through 12th grade or Terminale. It is a college preparatory program where the students that culminates with Baccalauréat evaluation in 11th and 12th grade. For information on the French Baccalauréat.

The academic quality of the Rochambeau curriculum allows our students to obtain the Maryland High School Diploma at the end of 11th grade (Première).

Rochambeau is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. See below for more information about the IB programme project.

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10th grade

2nde/10th grade is the first year of high school at Rochambeau.  All students take the common core subjects required by the French curriculum.  In 10th grade, students can opt to take certain electives:

  • OIB, the International Option of the Baccalaureat. This is a high-level class designed for students who are proficient in French and English. The students have additional hours in English, Literature, History and Geography.
  • Arts
  • Music
  • Cinema
  • Theatre
  • Advanced Topic English Literature (preparation for the Advanced Placement exam)
  • Advanced Topic US History  (preparation for the Advanced Placement exam)
  • Calculus  (preparation for the Advanced Placement exam)

11th and 12th grade

New reform of the French Baccalauréat

Starting 2019-20 school year, Rochambeau The French International School is implementing the new reform of the French Baccalauréat.

Speciality courses

In 11th grade, students will select three specialty courses, and in 12th grade, the will continue with two of the three course.  The specialty courses are selected based on the long-term interests and motivations of the students.   The objective is to broaden their knowledge and skills in specific areas and to prepare them for further studies in higher education. 

  • History-geography, geopolitics and political science
  • Humanities, literature and philosophy
  • Mathematics   
  • Physics and chemistry
  • Life and Earth Sciences
  • Economic and social sciences
  • English Language and Literature 


In 12th grade, students having taken Math as a specialty course in 11th grade can continue the specialty and take an additional more challenging class, "expert math", or they can drop their math specialty and continue with a complementary Math class "Math complémentaire".

The Reform of the French Baccalauréat

In 11th grade, certain students can benefit from two hours per week of academic support in math or French.

OIB : International Section of the Baccalauréat  

The American Section 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 provides a formalized framework to further foster the school’s bi-culturalism and bilingualism. In order to present the OIB, students are enrolled in the American International
Section from the tenth grade onwards.

OIB Brochure (French and English) 



IB Diploma Programme - Project

What to expect from High School at Rochambeau?

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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