Admissions Process

Application to Gerstell should begin during the fall preceding the year of expected enrollment. The application may be completed and submitted online. We begin accepting applications on September 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.
Notification of admissions decisions will be posted via email and portal on Friday, February 19th. Accepted student "Welcome Party" is scheduled for Thursday, February 25th at 4:15 p.m.

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. At this time, we invite you to participate in one of our "virtual" shadow events, as our students and faculty are participating in an online/hybrid/on-campus learning environment.

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

As part of the admissions process, parents/guardians of students applying to Gerstell Academy will have the opportunity to meet with our President.

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  • Pre-K & Kindergarten

    Prospective Pre-K/Kindergarten students participate in an admissions review on designated Wednesdays in January and February preceding the fall of expected enrollment. The sessions begin at 9:45 a.m. and generally conclude by 11:00 a.m. For students who apply after February, 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. However, it is important to note that Gerstell has a written policy for early admittance to Kindergarten.
  • Grades 1st - 4th

    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 5th - 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 7:50 a.m., and ends at 3:00 p.m. During the day, prospective students meet with the respective Heads of Middle/Upper Schools as well as the Director of Admissions. Lunch is provided.

    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 Please be certain to have the results sent to Gerstell Academy-code 211213. The ISEE will be administered at Gerstell on Saturday, December 5th, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., and again on Saturday, March 6th, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. The test may also be taken at a Prometrics Center location.

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 administration of its educational policies, scholarship and financial aid programs and athletic and other school administered programs.
2500 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048-1823