Upper School Profile
Please click the link below to download our complete Upper School Profile.
2016-2017 Upper School Profile.pdf (224 KB)
Gerstell Academy attracts students from several counties in Maryland as well as southern Pennsylvania and represent a mix of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Curriculum & Graduation Requirements
Gerstell Academy's curriculum exceeds the requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education for a high school diploma. In our quest to promote leadership and the pursuit of excellence in every student, and because of the high standards, depth, and rigor that exists throughout the curriculum, Gerstell Academy does not designate any class as Honors, nor does it subscribe to IB or AP curricula (also see Concurrent Enrollment). To earn a diploma, all students must complete a minimum of 26 high school credits.
Gerstell Academy's Upper School students are specifically encouraged to develop their traditional leadership skills, which include public speaking, ethics, manners, social skills, analytical-critical thinking, study skills, negotiation skills, management skills, conflict resolution, effective writing, teamwork, and moral, ethical, and legal decision-making. Additionally, students are encouraged to focus their academic study of leadership on U.S. and World History, Environmental Science, Adolescent Psychology, and Comparative Religions and Cultures.
All Upper School students are required to perform a minimum of 15 hours of service each academic year for a minimum of 60 hours over their four years in the Upper School. year for a minimum of 60 hours over their four years in the Upper School. The typical Gerstell student accumulates more than 150 hours of community service over their four years in the Upper School. This is in keeping with the goal of instilling a mindset of ongoing service to others by using one's time, talents, and treasures to give back to and continually improve their school and their community.
Upper School Community Service Form (116 KB)