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.
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.
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.
Pre-first grade is a potential point of entry in the Gerstell lower school for students who have completed kindergarten, and are ready to move forward into a supportive environment focused on additional academic, social, emotional, and physical readiness. Students then enter first grade with the skills and independence necessary for success.
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.
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.