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.

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Arts Day 2018: Home
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Arts Day is a day to celebrate our students' God-given talents and creativity. Students have the opportunity to perform on stage and demonstrate technical skill and creativity with excellence in categories that include stage events, culinary, visual and fabric arts, creative writing, technology, and photography. Entries in all categories are evaluated by a panel of judges, and classes compete for the top overall score.

The theme for Arts Day 2018 on the Grades 9-12 campus is "Home." The concept of home is not the same for every student. Students will perform in stage events and create entries in culinary, creative writing, fabric arts, photography, visual arts, and technology that express their understanding of home. Where is it? What does it look like? Who is there? What makes home feel like home? What songs, stories, events, holidays, celebrations, and emotions are part of an understanding about home?

View complete guidelines, rubrics, AV forms, practice schedules and more

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Don't miss our Christmas Benefit Concert
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Dock's annual Christmas Benefit Concert showcases the God-given musical talents of our students—and offers you a timely opportunity to support the vital role of Christian education. This year's Benefit Concert will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Franconia Mennonite Church.

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The cover for the Christmas Benefit Concert program (pictured) was created by 8th grade student Maddy Lewis.


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The reviews are in: Joseph WAS amazing!
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The reviews are in, and the consensus is that Dock Theater's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was indeed amazing!

"The Dock Mennonite production features an extremely talented group of students, both onstage and off," wrote Steve DiNenno of B Sharp Productions. "Students were involved in every aspect of the production, from stage management and running lights and sound to set construction, painting, and stage crew. The voices of the ensemble were strong and powerful, taking command of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music and Tim Rice's often complex lyrics like true professionals."

DiNenno reviewed the show at the request of B Sharp founder Keith Clattenburg, who played keyboards as part of the pit for all three performances.

The musical was also reviewed by student writers as part of the Cappies.

"Dock wowed the crowd with their show-stopping, radiant, technicolor performance of the well known and widely loved Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," wrote reviewer Ryan Schaafsma, who attends Delaware County Christian School. His review also called out the exceptional performances by narrators Alexa Kennel, Hannah Landis, and Carlie Cocco, as well as those by Alex Martin (Joseph) and Levi Longacre (Pharoah).

The Cappies is an awards program that trains high school theatre and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. Student critics vie to be published in local media outlets by attending theater productions at other schools and writing critical reviews.

See the full review by Steve DiNenno of B Sharp Productions

See the full review by Ryan Schaarfsma for the Cappies

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A bird? A plane? It's Super Reader Teacher!!
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Super Reader Teacher visited Kindergarten this morning to kick off the Super Powers unit of their reading curriculum. Students focused on their "pointer power," helping them to match their reading voices with the print on the page. One-to-one matching is an early reading behavior which leads into more conventional reading.

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Students make "Little Dresses for Africa"
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Students in Mrs. Lambright's Fabrics and Fashions II class sent small, "pillow case" dresses to the service organization "Little Dresses for Africa" as part of their service unit. Students reported having fun making the dresses and "feeling good about giving something practical to the girls who will wear them."

Pictured (l to r): Julia Rolley, Alan Huang, and Abbie Woods

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English teachers attend writing conference
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Mrs. Joan Grega and Mrs. Rebecca Nagy attended a professional conference at the Montgomery County intermediate Unit in Norristown in late October entitled What is Worth Fighting For? The Essentials of Teaching Writing at the Secondary Level. The full day workshop is the first offering of the newly created Secondary Literacy Level that will focus on techniques for high school reading, writing, listening and speaking. Instructor Michele Fowkes focused on best practices, strategies and new research on writing. Technology has made writing even more important as 21st century expectations for high level communication continue to develop. Michele stressed the importance of offering both balance and choice to students in the high school curriculum in regard to writing and reading and shared many engaging strategies to enhance writing skills in the modern classroom.


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Inclement weather information
  • All School 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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Drones arrive at high school
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Junior English Skills students were visited by Mr. Mike Landis, parent of Alexis Landis ('19) on October 6. Mr. Landis was invited to the class after a student read and shared research on drones and their current role in the 21st century. Four different types and sizes of drones were brought to the Detweiler House lawn for educational information and hands-on personal experiences of flying the drones.

Above: Professional photographer and licensed drone pilot Mike Landis (left) provides instruction to Jacob Gordon as he takes a drone for a test spin above the Detweiler House lawn.

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Race for Education is a winner!
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

The EC-Grade 8 campus enjoyed perfect weather for its annual Race for Education on October 25. Students from every grade level participated and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the school! A huge thank you to all our parents, grandparents, family, and friends for joining us for this wonderful day—and congratulations to all of our medalists!

See more photos from the day

Stay tuned for a video by Mike Landis!

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NHS inducts 60 new members
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Sixty new members were inducted into the Dock Mennonite Academy chapter of the National Honor Society at its annual banquet on October 16. Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and Faculty Advisor Mrs. Gail Anderson conducted the ceremony, while former Dock English teacher Dr. J. Eric Bishop delivered the keynote address. Dr. Bishop spoke on the topic of weltanschauung, German for "world view," and challenged Dock students to think about theirs.

Read more about the NHS and see the 2017-18 member list

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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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