...at Gerstell is defined as, “The art of positively influencing others to unite in a common direction and guiding them to improve themselves and their community.” Gerstell Academy students and faculty endeavor to fully understand and put the definition into action.


...at Gerstell is doing the right thing when no one is looking regardless of the consequences. Students are taught what honor is and how to live honorably by acting in accordance with the Gerstell Leadership Principles. Honor is integrated into the curriculum and daily life.


...at Gerstell is the ability to act in the face of fear. Not to be fearless, but to learn how to demonstrate both physical and moral courage in the face of adversity. Our goal is to develop our students to be morally courageous: to do the right thing regardless of the pressure put on them.

Leadership in Action

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Adam Lovellette, Gerstell Academy Junior placed 10th in the MIAA "C" Conference championship, and made school history as the first runner to place in the top 10 of an MIAA championship.
Gerstell Academy paused for a moment of silence to honor the life of Mr. John Paterakis Sr., father of Dr. Venice Paterakis and father in-law to Dr. Frederick Smith, Gerstell Academy Founder. Mr. Paterakis passed away on Sunday, October 16th, 2016. The Paterakis Athletic Center, on the campus of Gerstell Academy was named in honor of Mr. Paterakis. Mr. Paterakis' generosity to Gerstell Academy will never be forgotten, and his legacy of leadership will live on for generations of Gerstell Academy students.
Gerstell Academy Upper School students Taylor Hodges (Editor-In-Chief), Danish Khan (Associate Editor), and Jake Higgins (Graphic Designer) prepare to publish the inaugural edition of the new school newspaper "The Falcon Post".
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"Gerstell Academy is the only leadership school in the area, and our children have benefited greatly by its values-based curriculum."

Leadership permeates all aspects of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their leadership in school, at home, and in the community.

"The admissions process at Gerstell Academy was a wonderfully welcoming experience. From the moment we entered the Robert E. Smith Hall, we knew that Gerstell was where we wanted our child to be."

"The challenging academics at Gerstell Academy taught our daughter to think critically and to be prepared to compete in an increasingly global society. We loved the Spanish fluency requirement."

Physical training encompasses both daily physical education opportunities and competitive athletics.

Gerstell Academy parents, along with the greater Gerstell community, provide financial support to offset the cost of private education.

Gerstell Alumni are important contributing members of the Gerstell community, charged with making a positive difference in the world.

Gerstell Academy aspires and endeavors to remain a vibrant contributing member of our local communities.

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