Message from the President

Permit me to extend my sincerest appreciation for your esteemed interest in Gerstell Academy. In these tumultuous times, marked by social and political unrest both domestically and abroad, the persistent threat posed by the ongoing pandemic, and the need for a more sustainable approach to our environment, we must nurture and cultivate the next generation of leaders.

Gerstell Academy, a co-educational and non-sectarian private school, serves boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Guided by our mission statement and motto, "Leadership, Honor, Courage," our pedagogical approach is founded upon four key pillars: leadership development, college preparatory academics, physical training, and modern language proficiency.

Nestled on a picturesque 250-acre campus in the county of Carroll, Maryland, Gerstell Academy is widely recognized as one of the premier academic institutions in the region. Our state-of-the-art facilities, outstanding faculty, and innovative approach to leadership and learning ensure that our students receive an exceptional education. They also have the opportunity to showcase their athletic prowess and sportsmanship in competitive athletic events, while our diverse student body fosters a strong sense of community.

At Gerstell Academy, we firmly believe that specific leadership education is integral to cultivating leaders. Our curriculum is carefully crafted to inculcate critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and ethical decision-making, equipping our students with the tools necessary to become responsible and actively engaged citizens.

The Gerstell community is comprised of parents who are valued partners in the education of their children and united by our shared vision and philosophy. This supportive environment is critical to our success in producing future leaders capable of navigating the complexities of our rapidly changing and ever more competitive world.

I would be delighted to invite you to visit us during one of our Open Houses or to schedule a private tour. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to showcase our remarkable campus and introduce you to the Gerstell Academy community.

Wishing you the very best,

John Polasko
Gerstell Academy
2500 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048-1823