...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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Gerstell Academy students began the new school year with the traditional Gerstell handshake and greeting. Manners and social skills are an important part of everyday life at Gerstell, and the morning carpool greeting helps Gerstell students to begin their day with a positive start.
Gerstell Academy is set to open the fall athletic season with an exciting soccer and cross country schedule. Coaches and students alike are looking forward to a competitive season and anticipating some tough matches. The Varsity and J.V. soccer programs welcomed both girls and boys teams with a wide array of athletes. The Cross Country program is also open to Gerstell students in Grades 6-12, and anticipates a full roster.
Gerstell Academy President John Polasko greeted faculty, staff, and parents at the annual Lower School "Back to School" Night. Mr. Polasko shared his enthusiasm for the start of the new year, and his history with Gerstell Academy as the first Head of Middle School.
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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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