Gerstell Academy

5.00 5 1 (9 reviews)
2500 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048
Tel: (410)861-4400
  • The Gerstell Academy, founded in 1996 by Dr. Frederick G. Smith, is an independent, non-profit, co-educational, non-sectarian, college preparatory school offering students an educational program of excellence in a community focused on Gerstell's mission, motto, Leadership, Honor, Courage, and Gerstell's Leadership Principles.
  • The core curriculum supports the development of leadership abilities and provides the foundation for values, knowledge and social skills essential to a Gerstell education.
  • Gerstell Academy is a diverse educational community dedicated to providing a nurturing and mentoring environment where each student's potential to become a leader, to learn, to grow morally, to be physically fit, and to compete is maximized.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Independent Private Schools Association
Association of Independent Maryland And DC Schools (JAIMS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded 1996

Student Body

Total Students 362 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 33%
Students by Grade Gerstell Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 80 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Lower School:plaid jumpers/khaki pants, navy sweaters,middle school,plaid skorts/khaki pants/Upper School Navy blazer,button down shirts, khaki skirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $19,700
Tuition Notes Tuition depends upon school division. Above is the annual tuition for Upper School.
Admissions Director Mary Louque
Admissions Associate Mary Ann Zito


Total Sports Offered 7 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Gerstell Rock Band, Gerstell Ultimate Team Sports, Golf, International Club, Music Ensemble, Track, Yearbook Golf, Music Ensemble, Track, Yearbook, Gerstell Rock Band,
Gerstell Ultimate Team Sports,
International Club,

School Notes

  • All prospective parents interview with the President as a part of the admissions process.Students applying for Pre-Kindergarten through Kindergarten are tested in January.Students applying for admission for Grades 1-Grade 5 are tested during their shadow day.Students applying for admission for Grades 6-12 are required to submit ISEE scores. Students are invited for a shadow day.

Profile last updated: 12/08/2015

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
5  7/24/2015
We love our school and look forward to many upcoming fruitful years at Gerstell. It was a very easy transition for us. Best decision we ever made.
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5  7/24/2015
Gerstell is a good school. The concentration on leadership, including public speaking and social psychology is helpful for the students. There is a good athletics program that concentrates on teamwork and leadership on the athletic field. The addition of a baseball team has given the students more opportunities for physical fitness. Started as a great school, but it still actively works to improve itself and through this leads by example.
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5  7/24/2015
Gerstell Academy is an amazing school, and I would highly recommend it. The focus on values creates an atmosphere of high academic expectations along with positive peer support. Nice kids, lots of activities a and sports.
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5  11/28/2014
Gerstell Academy is an excellent school. We love the leadership program, the challenging academics, and the athletic programs are amazing. Our son plays soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. The student teacher ratio is 6:1, and allows for individual attention.
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5  7/17/2013
I would highly recommend Gerstell Academy. Excellent academic program with a leadership focus. Athletics are competitive...MIAA Conference. Nice music and art programs!
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5  5/20/2013
I would highly recommend Gerstell Academy . The faculty and administration care deeply about their students and families, and the leadership and academic curriculum is excellent. The athletic programs are great: MIAA Champions in soccer and lacrosse.
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5  7/9/2012
Gerstell Academy is a top notch independent school that focuses on leadership development. The academic curriculum is challenging, and Gerstell graduates go on to top schools across the country. In addition to challenging academics and leadership training, the school emphasizes daily physical education/athletics. As parents, we are very pleased.
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5  6/20/2012
Gerstell Academy is an excellent academic school that focuses on the development of leadership skills for their students. Students have great opportunities to play sports, play a musical instrument or sing, and to join a club. The teachers are mentors who want the best for their students. I would highly recommend the school.
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5  2/28/2012
I would highly recommend Gerstell Academy. The academic and athletic programs are excellent, and the school is supported with an excellent value system and leadership opportunities.
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