Our Mission

Gerstell Academy is a diverse educational community dedicated to providing a nurturing and mentoring environment where each student's potential to become a leader, to learn, to grow morally, to be physically fit, and to compete is maximized.

Emphasis is placed upon building a strong foundation of fundamental knowledge by providing:

  • A traditional academic curriculum
  • Age appropriate challenges to develop mental and physical prowess
  • Opportunities for spiritual awareness

Our comprehensive program and curriculum, from our youngest students to future graduating seniors, is designed to develop leaders with strong character by educating students to:

  • Think critically
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Respond to the needs of others
  • Make a positive difference or contribution

Our Philosophy

Gerstell Academy is a private, co-educational, independent, not for profit, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade leadership school governed by a Board of Trustees.

Gerstell Academy is a diverse college preparatory community dedicated to providing a nurturing and mentoring environment where leadership development and mastery of fundamental knowledge are infused throughout the instructional program.

Gerstell provides a unique curriculum which is based on our Leadership Model. Our school is dedicated to developing young leaders who embrace the Gerstell Leadership Principles and Attributes, are able to think critically, be self-confident, physically fit, and be fluent in Spanish, while meeting the needs of others.

Students are taught to analyze facts and to generate, organize, and defend logical conclusions. Students will make comparisons, draw inferences, and evaluate arguments without bias. Gerstell Academy students are inspired by the joy of learning from a competent and caring faculty and staff who believe that the future of our country depends on the education of our children.

Diversity Statement

Gerstell Academy is a nurturing and mentoring leadership school based on the Gerstell Leadership Principles and Attributes. We are also a college preparatory institution that provides rigorous physical training and Spanish fluency. Each person in the Gerstell community represents an important and intricate combination of cultural traditions, life experiences, and personal beliefs.

Gerstell Academy values and respects diversity in culture, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, family configurations, socio-economic status, abilities, age, affinities, and learning strengths. We strive to create a safe environment where our students appreciate all others as contributing members of a global community.


Gerstell Academy

2500 Old Westminster Pike | Finksburg, MD 21048 | 410-861-3000 | 1-866-861-3000

"Gerstell Academy is the only leadership school in the area, and our children have benefited greatly by its values-based curriculum."

Leadership permeates all aspects of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their leadership in school, at home, and in the community.

"The admissions process at Gerstell Academy was a wonderfully welcoming experience. From the moment we entered the Robert E. Smith Hall, we knew that Gerstell was where we wanted our child to be."

"The challenging academics at Gerstell Academy taught our daughter to think critically and to be prepared to compete in an increasingly global society. We loved the Spanish fluency requirement."

Physical training encompasses both daily physical education opportunities and competitive athletics.

Gerstell Academy depends on the generous financial support of the entire Gerstell community. Please join us in the effort to make Gerstell greater!

Gerstell Alumni represent everything that is Gerstell. They are the ambassadors of the school that live the mission every day.

Gerstell Academy aspires and endeavors to remain a vibrant contributing member of our local communities.

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