Admissions

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 18th. Accepted student "Welcome Party" is scheduled for Thursday, February 24th at 6:00 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 abbreviated shadow events where your child is welcome to visit for a morning or afternoon of classes and campus tour with current students.  The campus tour with students takes place for the afternoon sessions only.  

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 primary admissions review in January and February preceding the fall of expected enrollment. For students who apply after February, the review 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 morning (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) as a guest in one of our current classes. During the visit, applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of subject areas. As part of the admissions process, a reading and mathematics assessment will take place during the visit.
  • Grades 5th - 12th

    Upon receipt of the application for admission, middle and upper school applicants are invited to spend a morning or afternoon session shadowing with designated Gerstell students. These designated students serve as guides and provide a window into the life of a Gerstell student. The morning session begins at 8:30 a.m., and ends at 11:00 a.m. The afternoon visit begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. During the visit, prospective students meet with the respective Heads of Middle/Upper Schools as well as the Director of Admissions.

    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 website. The ISEE is also offered at local Prometrics Center locations. You may register for Prometrics Center testing  at https://ISEEonline.erblearn.org Please be certain to have the results sent to Gerstell Academy-code 211213.. Online testing at home is now available through the ISEE website.

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.
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Finksburg, MD 21048-1823
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