Gerstell Academy offers a distinctive curriculum anchored in our Leadership Model. We are committed to developing young leaders who embody the Gerstell Leadership Principles and Attributes, Mission, and Motto. Our graduates are equipped to compete, think critically, exude confidence, maintain physical fitness, and are proficient in Spanish. Graduates possess a global awareness and are poised to make a positive difference in the world.
Additionally, leadership development requires specific education and comprehensive skill development. At Gerstell Academy, leadership education focuses on the five academic areas of leadership, relevant history, science, psychology, and comparative religions and cultures. Leadership skills are further fostered by instilling the language of leadership which reinforces the mindset of an effective leader, including the "Rule of One"
["Perform one random act of kindness; Learn one new fact or item; Compliment at least one person"], the quote, "Leave it as you found it or better"
, and the definition of critical thinking. At Gerstell, we define "critical thinking" as "The ability to analyze facts, to generate and organize ideas, to defend logical results, to make comparisons, to draw inferences, to evaluate arguments excluding bias, to solve problems, and to be open-minded when reflecting on the process."
The ability to think critically ensures that leaders, including future leaders, are objective in their analysis of information.