“When I was a young parent I used to dream about the great things my children might someday accomplish. I then set out to find a school that not only had a strong academic curriculum but also a school that placed emphasis on social skills, manners, fitness for life, and most importantly, leadership development.
My most precious possessions would then be ready for the competition and challenges of life. Unfortunately, years ago this type of opportunity did not exist."
Dr. Frederick G. Smith - President, Founder
LEADERSHIP • HONOR • COURAGE
The Gerstell Academy, founded in 1996 by Dr. Frederick G. Smith, is an independent, non-profit, co-educational, non-sectarian, college preparatory school offering students an educational program of excellence in a community focused on Gerstell’s mission, motto, Leadership, Honor, Courage, and Gerstell's Leadership Principles.
The core curriculum supports the development of leadership abilities and provides the foundation for values, knowledge and social skills essential to a Gerstell education.
THE FOUR PILLARS OF A GERSTELL EDUCATION ARE:
· ACADEMIC RIGOR
· PHYSICAL TRAINING
· MODERN LANGUAGE
We seek to cultivate a love of learning in an enriched environment by providing experiences that enhance genuine interest and curiosity. The Lower School’s program is cognitively, physically and creatively challenging.
We build on the foundation established in the Lower School and focus these critical developmental years on maximizing each student’s potential to become a leader.
We are a school focused on a values based leadership education program, with a college preparatory curriculum, providing physical training, and modern language fluency.