Message from the President
John Polasko, M.Ed.
Thank you for your interest in Gerstell Academy. I invite you to get to know us, as you consider one of the most important decisions you will make: your child’s educational future. As a father of three daughters, I understand the importance of selecting the best academic environment to prepare our children for college and beyond.
Gerstell Academy is a co-educational, non-sectarian private school for students entering Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, dedicated to our mission and motto: Leadership, Honor, Courage. Our unique values-based approach to education is based on four pillars: leadership, rigorous academics, physical training/athletics, and modern language proficiency. With a beautiful 250-acre campus located in Carroll County, Maryland, Gerstell Academy has the reputation as one of the top academic schools in the region. Our unparalleled resources provide our students with an excellent faculty, state-of the-art facilities and a unique approach to learning and leadership. Competitive athletics allow our students the opportunity to showcase their talents and sportsmanship in a variety of team sports. Our diverse student body contributes to a strong sense of community where each student’s potential to learn, to grow morally, to be physically fit and to compete is maximized as our young leaders prepare to make a positive contribution to society.
Gerstell parents are valued partners in education, united through the Gerstell vision and philosophy. Our community embraces our unique philosophy allowing Gerstell Academy to flourish.
We welcome you to visit for one of our Open Houses, or for a private tour. I hope to see you on campus soon!