Middle School Curriculum


The Gerstell Academy Leadership Principles and Attributes, and the Motto “Leadership, Honor, Courage” set the intellectual, social, and behavioral standards for the school. They define the environment and the expectations for the students as a continuation of the process initiated at home and in the Gerstell Academy Lower School.


Gerstell Academy develops leaders by challenging students with developmentally appropriate tasks, by establishing high standards and by providing mentors who ensure a structured environment with a multitude of opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership skills. The student teacher ratio is 7:1, and allows for a nurturing, mentoring environment.

It is our belief at Gerstell Academy that the greatest growth can take place by understanding the challenges of the student and the family and by supporting them with experienced, caring faculty, staff, and administration. The environment at Gerstell, along with leadership and academic education, and the ability for students to continually test their knowledge and skills through action, allow students to flourish through these critical years. Each student will be well prepared to take advantage of opportunities to compete at the highest level in upper school and beyond.


Course Sequence

Gerstell Academy Middle School students participate in eleven courses per year which include leadership, English, Spanish, science, history, mathematics, music, and physical education. Students also take information technology, theatre arts, and visual arts on a trimester basis.

Clubs and Activities

Gerstell offers a plethora of clubs, activities, and events where students may be engaged within their school community. Middle school students enjoy a two day orientation program at Genessee Valley with their peers, faculty, and staff where they get to know one another and challenge themselves in an outdoor arena.


Academic Competitions

The Children's History Challenge is one of several yearly academic competitions that showcase our students' academic abilities.

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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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