Welcome from the Head of Lower School

Welcome to the Lower School of Gerstell Academy! It is with great pleasure that I share with you an overview of this positive and nurturing learning environment steeped in leadership development. We are most proud of our hardworking students and invite you to see for yourself what makes Gerstell Academy such a special place.

We strive to produce leaders who will be ready to accept challenges with success, confidence, and resourcefulness.

The Leadership curriculum is taught in every class and integrated in all curriculum areas. Leadership Circle provides the lower school students with opportunities to model, practice, and learn about the Gerstell Mission, Motto, Leadership Principles and Attributes, and our Portrait Leaders so essential to our mission of leadership education. Our lower school students role-play, perform skits, and lead by example. They recognize and honor many of our portrait leaders, like Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Jacques Cousteau, and the Heroes of Flight 93. This leadership foundation will be built upon throughout their Gerstell Academy education.

Our students are well prepared to delve further into the Five Areas of Academic Leadership (Traditional, History, Environmental Science, Adolescent Psychology, and Comparative Religions), as well as ethics, public speaking, manners, social skills.

At Gerstell, we believe education should meet the needs of young students at their developmental stages. We provide many experiential learning opportunities for them to grow and develop wholly. Early education is important for continued success in learning throughout the Lower School. As students move through the primary grades and beyond, they are challenged to demonstrate mastery of the Gerstell Leadership Principles and Attributes, and to accept responsibility for their actions. Students are given the tools necessary to reach their full potential academically as our gifted faculty help students master the language arts, including basic Spanish communication, and develop mathematical prowess while encouraging individual creative expression and critical thinking skills.

Through our leadership instruction we are confident that students will become independent thinkers who are well prepared to excel in middle school and beyond.



Ms. Amy Funk
Head of Lower School

"Our family will miss living in Maryland very much. Our oldest son, Sam, was lucky enough to attend Gerstell Academy for one year. He gained so much confidence in himself this year. Our biggest regret is having to leave Gerstell Academy knowing that they do such a wonderful job of helping their students reach their full potential. Thank you, Gerstell Academy and Mrs. Dackermann, for providing such a solid foundation on which Sam will be able to build his education."

Haloti and Christina Ngata

Gerstell Academy

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"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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