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

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

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 Baccelauréat

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


IB Diploma Programme - Project

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


We are proud to introduce you the project of the International Baccalaureate - IB diploma that is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2021.
You will find in this presentation:
  • The IB Diploma and its philosophy,
  • The general organization of the curriculum and the requirements of the Diploma
  • The IB and University recognition
  • The condition to apply to enter the IB program

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org


 **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. 

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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