Learning for lives of purpose

Two Campuses. One Community.

From the first day of preschool until graduation, each Dock student is nurtured by a community that serves as an extension of family. Teachers are caring and supportive. Parents are thoughtful and involved. Peers inspire and encourage. At Dock you will find a true community of learners.

Early Childhood - Grade 8

Grades 9 - 12

Dock Newsroom

EC and Kindergarten Open Houses
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
Discover Dock Mennonite Academy during our first Early Childhood and Kindergarten Open House of the year on Friday, January 26 at 8:45 a.m. Our Open House provides an opportunity to:
  • Tour our 52-acre campus
  • Meet teachers and students
  • Learn how Dock integrates faith and learning at every grade level and teaches essential life skills, such as, critical thinking, problem solving, inquisitiveness, teamwork, and leadership.
Dock provides an environment for your child that is loving, nurturing, and affordable. We provide more than $1 million annually in tuition assistance to families!

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Inclement weather information
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy WILL NOT use radio or TV to post inclement weather announcements.

Dock Mennonite Academy WILL use the following to communicate with parents and guardians:

1. Text message alerts- DOCKINFO (NOTE: if you already signed up for the text message alerts, you do not have to sign up again)

a.Open the texting program on your cell phone

b.In the "To" field enter 40404

c.In the message line type: Follow DOCKINFO

d.Send the message

e.Up to three texts will be received in response from Twitter. DO NOT respond to these text prompts.

f.Text ON to 40404

g.You will receive a text "Notifications are on"

h.Please note, you DO NOT need to set up a Twitter account to receive these texts.

2. Schoology

3. Website - www.dock.org

4. Facebook - Dock Mennonite Academy EC to 8 and Dock Mennonite Academy 9-12

5. Phone System - EC-8th Grade (215-723-1196) and 9th -12th Grade (215-362-2675)


If inclement weather develops overnight:

1.What do I do if the EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses are closed?

Students should not report to school at either campus. EC-Grade 8 students and Grades 9-12 students should check Schoology for further instructions.

2.What do I do if EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses have a two-hour delay, but my district opens the normal time?

For parents who drop students off at either campus or for students who drive, all should arrive at the delayed opening time. Early Childhood morning students will not have school. Early Childhood full day students should arrive at the delayed opening time.

3.What do I do if EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses are on time, but my district has a two-hour delay?

Send your student on the bus according to the district's two-hour delay schedule. For parents who drop students off at either campus or for students who drive, all may arrive at the delayed opening time and will not be counted tardy.

If inclement weather develops during the day:

1.What do I do if EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses close early, but my district remains open?

Follow text message alerts, Schoology, Facebook, website, and/or phone systems.

All bus companies will be contacted and bus services requested. When busses arrive at either campus, students will be dismissed to their busses. EC-Grade 8 campus will post bus departure times on the website.

2.What do I do if EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses remain open, but my district closes?

Follow text message alerts, Schoology, Facebook, website, and/or phone systems.

Classes will continue as normal. When a bus arrives from a closing district, students will be dismissed to their bus, unless other arrangements have been made.

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STEM is the focus for Homecoming 2018
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

STEMScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—will be the theme for Dock's Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 5-6, 2018. Dock will celebrate the achievements of its alumni in these areas, and invite the public as well as current and former students to participate in a series of events that combine learning and fun.

Homecoming Weekend will feature returning events such as the Color Fun Run, Disc Golf Open, Admissions Open House and more. New events this year will include STEM Camps that offer kids an opportunity to have fun while they learn. STEMP Camps tentatively include building model rockets, geocaching and orienteering, robotics, 3D printer and drone demonstrations, chemistry, and more.

A STEM Road Show is also planned, featuring presentations from the Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, and other groups, as well as "Dock Talks," short presentations on a variety of STEM-related topics similar to the popular TED Talks series.

Homecoming 2018 promises to be a fantastic and fun learning experience for your family. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend!

Here is a tentative schedule of events for the weekend:

Friday, October 5

7:00 p.m. - Fall Concert and Alumni of the Year Reception (Clemens Center)

Saturday, October 6

10:00 – Dock Disc Golf Open – on campus

11:00 – Color Fun Run (5K – walk or run) with three STEM stations – on campus

12:00 – Lunch (stadium area – field house)

12:30 – 3:00 – Admissions Open House and Tours (Longacre Commons)

1:00 – STEM Road Show (Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences or Wondergy)

2:00 – 4:00 – STEM Camps

Examples – model rockets, mouse trap inventions, geocaching, orienteering, math problem-solving, egg drop, robotics demonstrations, drone demonstrations, hands-on chemistry, 3D printer demonstrations, birdhouse building, etc.

3:00 – Campus Nature Walk

4:30 – 8:00 – Class Reunions (Rosenberger)

4:30 – 6:30 – Homecoming Reception

7:00 – STEM Road Show (Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences or Wondergy)

8:00 – Dock Talks – 10 minute talks by students and alumni on STEM-related topics

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What do faculty do during In-service?
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Do you ever wonder what happens on those Faculty In-service days? We asked a couple of Dock teachers, one from each campus, to share about their In-service Day on Tuesday, January 16:

"We had a great experience yesterday for our in-service day! We had an opportunity for teamwork, collaboration, learning, fun, and laughter! We had to solve a variety of puzzles and open different types of locks to get inside our lockbox of surprises (CANDY!) It was a unique and creative opportunity to use different skills and team together for a common goal. I had not done an escape room before, so it was especially fun to try something new! Thanks for organizing this for all of us!" ~ Alissa Messina, Guidance Counselor, EC-8 Campus

"We gathered in the FACs classroom to spend an hour on small group discussions and lively debates on three chapters of Palmer Becker's book Anabaptist Essentials. Becker focuses on community in these chapters: Forgiveness is Essential in Community, God's Will is Discerned in Community, and Members are Held Accountable in Community. It was interesting and encouraging to hear how each of us understands and experiences these aspects of community in our personal lives, in our home congregations, and here at Dock.

Following this discussion, we were led in worship by former teacher and musical director Rodney Derstine, and current teacher and musical director Emily Grimes. What a blessing to read, respond, and sing to the glory of God!

After being reminded of our ties to God and community, we focused on practical ways we can help ourselves improve what we do as teachers so we can help our students learn to the best of their abilities. The majority of this time was devoted to discussion of a survey, completed by students, parents, and teachers, about assessment methods.Our in-service ended with a breakout activity, something many of us had heard of but had never tried. In advisor groups by grade level, we were put in room with paper clues, physical clues, cryptic messages of all kinds, and instructions to work out the puzzles together to find the "keys" that would unlock a box. It was fun! Working together, using our various abilities to problem-solve (since English teacher brains work a bit differently than Math teacher brains!), we opened the box---before the 30-minute deadline---and found our candy reward. The exercise was another reminder that, working together, we are a community of educators and friends."

~ Kathy Moyer, English Faculty, Grades 9-12 Campus

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Mass Incarceration Service Day
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock students and faculty used their Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to remember and serve those in prison whom are often forgotten and discarded from communities. They participated in Mennonite Central Committee's Mass Incarceration Service Day, assembling basic hygiene items into care kits for those in prison to meet basic needs and to restore hope and dignity. The group also heard from a panel of community leaders and formerly incarcerated individuals as they share their stories, discussing the role of race, poverty and the law in mass incarceration.

Mass incarceration is a term that describes the substantial increase in the number of incarcerated people in the United States' prisons over the past 40 years. The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation in the world. The increase in the jail and prison population from less than 200,000 in 1972 to 2.2 million today has led to unprecedented prison overcrowding and put tremendous strain on state budgets. The United States has 5% of the world's population but nearly 25% of its prisoners.

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Senior Experience: Service, job shadowing
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock seniors began the New Year outside the classroom pursuing week-long service and job shadowing opportunities as part of their Senior Experience, a component of the senior-level Bible class called Kingdom Living. Students keep a journal, and spend two days at the conclusion of the week in a retreat setting to reconnect and reflect on their experiences. In many cases, Senior Week experiences influence choices of college and/or major, and also direct, or re-direct, vocational and career interests.

The Class of 2018 is fairly typical of senior classes of the past. Roughly two-thirds of Dock's 95 seniors chose to job shadow—most locally, but some traveling across the country or even the globe—while the rest chose to pursue service opportunities in places like New York City, Mexico, and Guatemala.

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Above: Perhaps the largest group of Dock seniors spent the week serving at Refuge Ranch, an orphanage in Mexico.

Below: Job shadowing opportunities included a hospital-based midwife for Graciella Odelia, and a federal judge for Dan Moyer.

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Purpose Beyond Academics

On the field, court and stage—these are the places where memories are made. At Dock, the arts, athletics, and other co-curricular opportunities are an essential component of the learning experience.

Athletics

Play here. Excel here. Win here.

Theater

Follow your passion here.

The Arts

We celebrate creativity here!

Robotics

Learn technology here.

Music

Find your beat here.

Dock By The Numbers

88%

of students receive financial aid or discounts

Aid can include direct support from Dock or assistance from churches

95%

Percentage of graduates who attend college

Others take a gap year for service or enter the workforce

75%

Percentage of Faculty with Advanced Degrees

Dock strives to develop a life-long love of learning—and our faculty lead the way.

12:1

Faculty to Student Ratio

Class sizes offer opportunities for quality teacher-student interaction and individual attention

8

countries represented

A global perspective is a strength of the Dock experience

134

churches represented

Dock serves many other denominations; less than half of our students are Mennonite

99%

Percentage of students who participate in a co-curricular activity

From athletics to music to drama to robotics and more, students have rich opportunities beyond the classroom

33%

Percentage of students annually who take and pass at least one AP Exam

Our faculty encourage students to stretch themselves to reach their full potential

66%

Percentage of students participating in one or more sports

Student-athletes find excellent opportunities to participate in spor(s) they love, even as freshmen

102

Number of league championships claimed by Dock teams

The Bicentennial Athletic League provides strong competition from both public and private schools
We love our school! It has a Mennonite heart with solid, serious academics, beautiful families and children, and a superb high school.
Jenny Fujita, with daughters Pi'ikea (6th grade, right) and La'akea (10th grade)
My experience at Dock has been amazing. The opportunities provided here are great for helping you figure out what interests you most! I have participated in a wide range of activities—from ceramics to sports to student government. I am truly grateful for the ways Dock has allowed me to express who I am and discover my unique qualities.
Lindsey Bernd '18
When my daughter graduated from Dock she was totally prepared for college. The level of academics gave her a sense of achieving her goals, and her self-esteem soared. Homework was heavy, but if your child plans to go to college, he/she will be totally prepared. I found the teachers to be attentive to the students, and available to parents, even on short notice. We lived quite a distance from Dock, but with the level of academics and teacher-parent involvement, it was worth the commute and tuition.parent review on greatschools.org
We have two children at Dock's EC-Grade 8 campus. We have been very happy with our experience. The teachers are great! They care about the students, and the students can feel it; I believe this helps them succeed. Every child has a gift, and Dock allows that gift to grow; children are encouraged to find and nurture their gift. We feel blessed that our children can attend Dock Mennonite Academy.The O'Rourke's, EC-Grade 8 parents
I fell in love before I even stepped out of the car. I saw the wide open campus and thought it would be amazing to walk outside from class to class. The style of teaching is so different; hands-on and interactive, so students actually pay attention to what is being taught. I realized I could play soccer and create the art I was always interested in, and be completely devoted to both. I was sold—I made my decision to join the Dock Class of 2017.Mia Bevilacqua '17

"Teachers expressed genuine concern for each of our children through words and actions. They recognized the individual qualities, traits, and strengths of each child and focused on their spiritual, academic, social, and athletic qualities."

Jim and Suzanne Gunden, parents of Michael ('16) and Erica ('18)

Purpose That Inspires

We believe that school should inspire students—and parents. Our faculty create a challenging but supportive environment that makes students want to learn, but also provide a meaningful faith context for learning. That's what learning for lives of purpose is all about.

Beyond Dock: Lives of Purpose

Investment in a Dock education begins yielding a return almost immediately, as graduates place a high value on their high school experience and discover they are exceptionally well-prepared for college. Yet the dividends continue to grow for a lifetime.

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Rachel Derstine '03

Henry Rosenberger '63

Angela Leidig '92

American University - Washington, DC
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Brown University
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Eastern Mennonite University - Serving, Leading, Transforming
Fashion Institute of New York
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LeHigh University
Messiah College
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
University of Oregon - College of Education
Parsons School of Design
University of Pennsylvania
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Savannah School of Art and Design
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