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!

John Polasko

Gerstell Academy

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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