Upper School Profile

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2017-18 Upper School Profile

Gerstell Academy attracts students from several counties in Maryland as well as southern Pennsylvania and represent a mix of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Curriculum & Graduation Requirements

Gerstell Academy's curriculum exceeds the requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education for a high school diploma. In our quest to promote leadership and the pursuit of excellence in every student, and because of the high standards, depth, and rigor that exists throughout the curriculum, Gerstell Academy does not designate any class as Honors, nor does it subscribe to IB or AP curricula (also see Concurrent Enrollment). To earn a diploma, all students must complete a minimum of 26 high school credits.


Gerstell Academy's Upper School students are specifically encouraged to develop their traditional leadership skills, which include public speaking, ethics, manners, social skills, analytical-critical thinking, study skills, negotiation skills, management skills, conflict resolution, effective writing, teamwork, and moral, ethical, and legal decision-making. Additionally, students are encouraged to focus their academic study of leadership on U.S. and World History, Environmental Science, Adolescent Psychology, and Comparative Religions and Cultures.

Community Service

All Upper School students are required to perform a minimum of 15 hours of service each academic year for a minimum of 60 hours over their four years in the Upper School. year for a minimum of 60 hours over their four years in the Upper School. The typical Gerstell student accumulates more than 150 hours of community service over their four years in the Upper School. This is in keeping with the goal of instilling a mindset of ongoing service to others by using one's time, talents, and treasures to give back to and continually improve their school and their community.

Upper School Community Service Form (116 KB)

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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