Admissions Process


Application to Gerstell should begin during the fall preceding the year of expected enrollment. The application may be completed and submitted online or downloaded and mailed. We begin accepting applications on October 1st, and applications are due on or before January 30th. After January 30th, we accept applications on a rolling basis, and admissions is based on classroom availability.

Letters with notification of admissions decisions are mailed on February 16th. Accepted student "Welcome Party" is scheduled for Thursday, February 23rd.


Student Evaluation and Visit

Upon receipt of the application, the Admissions Office will contact the applicant's parent or guardian to schedule the "Shadow Day" and/or evaluation. Shadow Days provide prospective students the opportunity to visit Gerstell during a normal school day and "shadow" designated Gerstell students. Our guests participate in classes, lunch and other daily activities.

Parents/Guardians need to complete a Shadow Permission Form in advance of the Shadow Day.

All Gerstell applicants should submit Common Referral Forms and Transcript Release Forms to their current school (if applicable).


Interview with the President of Gerstell Academy

Parents/guardians of students applying to Gerstell Academy may meet with Dr. Lorraine Fulton, President of Gerstell Academy upon request.

ISEE Test

Students applying to middle/upper school should register to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) as it is required for admission. The ISEE may be taken at any school listed on the ISEE registration information form. You may also register online at https://erblearn.org/parents/admission/isee/registration. Please be certain to have the results sent to Gerstell Academy-code 211213. The ISEE will be administered at Gerstell on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at 8:00 a.m., and again on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. The test may also be taken at a Prometrics Center location.


Application Process

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Prospective pre-kindergartners/kindergartners participate in group testing on designated Wednesdays in January (4th/11th/18th) preceding the fall of expected enrollment. For students who apply after January, testing is conducted on an individual basis. Students entering pre-kindergarten should be four years of age by September 1. Kindergarten applicants should be five years of age by September 1. Gerstell has a written policy for early admittance to kindergarten.

Grades 1st-5th

Prospective students are invited to spend the day (8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) as a guest in one of our current classes. During the day, applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of subject areas ranging from math, reading and writing to art, music, science, and physical education. The academic evaluation takes place during the day as a part of the admissions process. Parents should send lunch for their children, and attire should be appropriate for a visit to Gerstell.

Grades 6th-12th

Upon receipt of the application for admission, middle and upper school applicants are invited to spend the day shadowing with designated Gerstell students. These designated students act as their guides for the day and provide a window into the life of a Gerstell student. The day begins at 8:00 a.m., and ends at 3:00/4:00. During the day, prospective students meet with the respective Heads of Middle/Upper Schools as well as the Director of Admissions. Lunch is provided.

Non-Discriminatory Policy

Gerstell Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the adminstration of its educational policies, scholarship and financial aid programs and athletic and other school administered programs.


Gerstell Academy

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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 depends on the generous financial support of the entire Gerstell community. Please join us in the effort to make Gerstell greater!

Gerstell Alumni represent everything that is Gerstell. They are the ambassadors of the school that live the mission every day.

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

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