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2500 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

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(410) 861-4400
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April 11, 2015
Top notch school with excellent teachers!! We love the focus on helping each student reach his/her full potential, and we love the integration of rigorous academics with excellent athletic opportunities and clubs!! The scholarship programs are excellent and the caring atmosphere truly places Gerstell well above the rest. We loved the academic competitions which helped our child to become more confident in his public speaking and presentation skills.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2015
An excellent school! The focus on leadership, challenging academics, and competitive athletics inspires and motivates students to excel. There are many opportunities for public speaking, exciting clubs and trips. Our son played lacrosse and soccer and was acknowledged for his inspiring community service. The teachers truly care about the students, and the 6:1 student teacher ratio helped him gain acceptance to a top university. Highly recommend!!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2015
We loved Gerstell's lower school but middle school has been such a disappointment. We believed all students would be given the chance to participate and learn in athletics but that is not the case. Only the best athletes play and beginners are second class citizens in this school. It is also frustrating to see repeated favoritism of a select few students. Every event we attend showcases the same five or six 'stars' in the school. Some of the teachers are great in middle School such as Spanish and history, but the rest of the curriculum is just average. The administration of middle school is subpar compared to the lower school. And looking forward to upper school in 2 years is grim with very few choices in courses and they are still working on being accredited - they are not as of this review writing. We would have better opportunities for our child at the local public high school in 2 years. I would give the lower school 5 stars but the middle school gets the bottom score. It is unfortunate because as a leadership school the biggest thing the middle school lacks is solid leadership.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2014
My children have attended Gerstell since Pre-Kindergarten. They have truly benefited academically, socially, and emotionally from their experiences. The academics have been appropriately rigorous and the instruction has been top-notch. In addition to the "regular" classroom instruction, my children have taken Spanish, PE, Science, Art, Music, Library, and Technology classes each week since Pre-K, giving them a full, well-rounded education. The school's leadership focus has given both my son and daughter a sense of confidence, purpose, and a greater understanding of the world around them. I could not imagine a better place for my children to learn and grow!

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2014
Gerstell is an excellent school. The academics are challenging, the teachers truly care, and the leadership program, along with the athletics, helps to bring out the best in each child. We were very pleased when our son was awarded merit scholarships for college after he graduated from Gerstell. We highly recommend it. Spanish begins in PreK.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2014
Huge disappointment and a waste of money. My child had to repeat Algebra when switched to public school because they don't finish the book!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
Our daughter is deliriously happy at Gerstell (middle school). The work load is demanding, end of day sports are required, and the focus is on personal growth and leadership. Gerstell is preparing her for the demands of college and work with respect to work-ethic, independence, team work, public speaking, and leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2014
This school has great potential and a wonderful idea but I had a lot of issues with sexism. They treat their females like second class citizens when it comes to athletics and the dress code. Some of their rules are ridiculous and it tends to be ran like a military school. They are very inconsistent with their rules and punishments as well. If you don't mind losing all of your self-expression, feeling almost like a robot, surrounded by very little diversity, and being at a very conservative school, then this is the place for you! Academically, I was prepared for college, but socially I was not. Gerstell is sheltered and lives in it's own bubble. Some positives are the very individual attention students receive. Athletics are sub-par and although there have been many championships won, many people do not take it seriously.. BUT everyone does get the opportunity to play. Girl's are overlooked ALL the time and rarely get the attention they deserve. This is just high school and some middle school. The lower school is a great program and all the kids are wonderful and well-mannered.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2014
My son has attended Gerstell for almost 3 years now. It has exceeded all of our expectations. The curriculum is challenging, yet appropriate. With that being said, he is learning so much more then what is just taught from a book. They are amazing at fostering a community of respectable, well-mannered leaders. I am proud to say I am a member of the Gerstell family. We are not wealthy and have to make sacrifices to afford the school, but it is worth every penny!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2014
We love this school!!! We have moved with my husband job several times and found this school is amazing in comparison to other school around the country. Are kids are learning and having fun. A very well rounded school.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2014
Good academics, athletics are excellent. Supportive parents and faculty. The campus is large, classroom sizes are small.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
We love our school and look forward to many upcoming fruitful years at Gerstell. It was a very easy transition for us.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
This school was a disappointment from the get go. Some of the teachers were not very qualified and were not able to push my kid academically. Other students were often pretty weak as well, which lowered the academic environment. I guess this could be a good school option if you live in the part of Baltimore County where there are drug and crime problems, or obviously the bad school areas of Westminster, but we were better served by moving or by, as we did, transferring our son to a better school.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Our daughter started in Pre K and is now in fourth grade. We love, love, love Gerstell, from the teachers to the curriculum to the administration! All outstanding!!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
When we first enrolled our son here ,we were looking for a school to challenge and engage our son. Now into our 3 rd year, we have been thoroughly mpressed with the leadership, academics, focus on Spanish and level of confidence Gerstell has brought out in our son. He absolutely loves it here and is constantly challenged to be his personal best. It's the only school that coincides with the way my husband and I raise our son and the fact that he is surrounded by outstanding students and faculty with the same mindset further instills these principals. If you are looking for a smaller school with very low student teacher ratios , excellent moral principals , polite,friendly staff and students -then check Gerstell out. It truly is the best decision we have ever made for our son!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
As a graduate of a local, elite private school and a new parent of a Pre-K student at Gerstell, I have been amazed at the level of professionalism and knowledge of the teachers and staff. My child is thriving with the leadership guidance. My friends and family are amazed when they see the poise, character and manners of such a young child and it is directly related to the guidance of the faculty at Gerstell. The teachers and administration are professional, experienced and always willing to help in any way. The leadership and values based education is top notch and we could not ask for more from such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
I have had the privilege of being a affiliated with Gerstell Academy for 6 years. The school focuses on 4 areas. Leadership, Rigorous Academics, Physical training and Modern Language fluency. The students are polite and well mannered. The students attend top colleges and university when they graduate. I would highly recommend this school to parents considering the best environment for their child.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
The Upper School is all around awful. Save your money and don't send your children here.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2012
Gerstell Academy is a great fit for our family. The teachers are dedicated and caring. I appreciate how they and the administration provide nurturing and mentoring guidance when students make poor choices. They make sure that sub-standard student behaviors are addressed and students' mistakes become learning opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
Gerstell Academy recently held their end of year academic and athletic awards ceremonies. I was very pleased by the high level of Spanish language achievement. Nationally, several students scored in the top 3% of students across the country. This is quite an honor for the school and their emphasis on four pillars which include leadership, challenging academics, physical fitness and Spanish fluency. The students who attend the school are polite and respectful, and we are proud of the MIAA athletic championship awards in soccer and lacrosse.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2012
My daughter was at Gerstell for two years of middle school. From her experience we can say the Eng, Math and Science were poor academicallly and administratively in a state of flux with a lot of inexperience and no strong leadership. Spanish department is outstanding! Great oppotunities to excel or to get extra assistance when needed. The Spanish teacher is enthusiastic about what she teaches and inspires her students. History dept. is strong with plenty of opportunities to be successful. Phys. Ed. dept. is poorly staffed with inexperienced and immature staff which leads them to make poor decisions on important issues. Few sports offered: lacrosse, basketball and soccer. Few clubs/other organized activities to foster and encourage other interests of the children. As a whole the school is immature, small, and lacking in opportunities. Conduct code and rules are discriminatory and not consistently enforced. The claim to teach leadership,it's not completely clear how this is being fostered. The principles of the school, sound great, but aren't guiding the actions of many of the staff or student body. Staff members in leadership positions need more experience to make better decisions.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
Both of my daughters have attended Gerstell Academy since they started school. My oldest daughter has been there since the first year classes were held in the main building and will be going into the 9th grade in the fall. My youngest will be in the 2nd grade. Both love to go to school, get consistently great grades and have gained knowledge that I am sure I was not taught until high school. The public speaking begins in pre-k and is amazing to watch the kids grow each year. Leadership curriculum is taught daily, in every single class. The kids are taught to show their appreciation to their peers, their teachers, the parents, and staff. The school has grown in exciting ways. For example, the Varsity Boys Soccer and Lacrosse teams won the MIAA "C" Conference Championships--the first year in the MIAA. All of the graduation seniors were accepted to college and awarded a stunning amount of scholarship funding. The clubs are growing in the middle and upper school including the "G" Club (a take on Glee Club--singing and dancing) in the middle school three years ago. The teachers and administrators are top notch in all three schools of Gerstell Academy. Cannot imagine another choice.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
We have attended Gerstell Academy for 4 years. We started in the pre-k program and have been thrilled by the growth in the school and our children. We truly believe in and follow the Leadership Principles and Attributes that Gerstell Academy instills in our children. Our children s teachers have been amazing and we love the school! I would highly recommend Gerstell Academy.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2011
We have 2 young children attending Gerstell Academy and are proud to be part of the Gerstell family. The strong emphasis on leadership begins in Pre-K and the enriched curriculum will be essential for college readiness. The teachers and faculty are committed to educating our children and the parent association gives every parent an opportunity to be involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
We were not happy with the school. Gerstell is supposed to be a school with a strong emphasis on leadership, we found that the children who attend the school had better leadership skills than their teachers. We were there for a total of 8 years and watched the school decline after a change in the administration.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
We were very disappointed, we had teachers that weren't certified and the academics were lacking.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
I have two children that attend here. It is a wonderful school with great teachers. Beautiful campus!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
My children attend Gerstell Academy. Over the last 4 years we have been very pleased with the level of caring on behalf of the teachers and the academics. Our children love to go to school each and every day and come home excited to share their day with me. They learn so much, often in ways that they don't even realize is learning, but both of their standardized test scores are consistently above the national and state averages and their conversation and interest in politics, the world and numerous subjects often impresses people so much that they constantly ask us ... what school do your children attend? This is still a fairly new school and there are still some kinks to be ironed out, but they are already on par with the established schools and forging ahead.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
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no rating October 04, 2008
Excellent colleg preparatory school!!!

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Gerstell Academy
2500 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, MD  21048
(410) 861-4400
Last modified Gerstell Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Gerstell Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top