...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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Led by Upper School Leadership instructor, Dane Menges, the Upper School Speech and Debate team won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl on Saturday, February 4th. The student team consisted of 11th Graders Zachary Brendler, Colt Hanlin, Matthew Szedlock, Brandon Tan, 10th Graders McKenzie Funk, Sid Gupta, Khadijah Shad, and Ninth Grader Jessica Silverman.
Gerstell Academy Art 100 students showcase their realistic pencil drawings in the glass case located in the lobby of the Paterakis Athletic Center. The featured selection, by Freshman Camille Clingan, is a depiction of a Gerstell Academy wooden chair.
The Gerstell Academy Boy's Varsity Basketball team showcase their trophy after beating Winter's Mill High School during the annual "Battle of the Birds" on Friday, December 9th.
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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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