Upper School Philosophy

By immersing students in a leadership program, Gerstell Academy Upper School strives to build honorable and courageous leaders. The program provides; specific education and skill development in leadership, a college preparatory academic curriculum that establishes a solid foundation of fundamental knowledge (the minimal information that each student should possess), a mindset of life-long physical fitness, and a solid sense of self-awareness in every individual student, focusing on the four areas of:

  • Leadership Education and Skills Development

  • College Preparatory Academics

  • Physical Training

  • Modern Language Fluency

Every student experiences an education that should equip them to leave Gerstell Academy as a critical thinker ready to enter the competitive world and succeed. The demanding academic program prepares students for the next level of challenges at college and in life. The study of leadership and acquisition of leadership skills gives each student an opportunity to develop maturity and awareness of their effects on the community around them. Physical training develops a healthy individual with a mindset of life-long physical fitness. Lastly, the focus on modern language fluency in Spanish, and eventually in other languages, will allow students to interact with and understand the nature of world’s Spanish speaking cultures, as well as the largest minority population in the United States.

The curriculum provides many opportunities for growth in and outside of the classroom. Beyond the classroom, every student is encouraged to become involved in the extracurricular and athletic programs and take on leadership roles to stretch and challenge themselves.


"I was most impressed during our tour of the White House when you shared your knowledge of past Presidents. Your confident public speaking skills as you commanded the attention of those in our immediate area clearly demonstrate your innate leadership abilities and maturity beyond your age."

-White House Staff Member

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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