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

Teen screen time: finding balance
  • All School News

Screenagers is a short film that explores youth and parent struggles over social media, video games, and internet addiction and starts the conversation about finding balance. It is intended for kids ages 10 and up, parents, grandparents, and community members. This is a unique opportunity, as this film is only available at screenings such as this.

A film screening and conversation will take place:


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 6:30-8 pm

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 6:15-7:15 pm

October 25 and November 1 screenings are open to the public and will take place at Salford Mennonite Church, 480 Groff's Mill Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438. Come early for a community meal from 5:15-6:15 pm. Childcare is available for the October 25 screening.

RSVP to Maria at hoslerbylerm@salfordmc.org


Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:00 pm

The November 2 screening is also open to the public and will be held at Calvary Church of Souderton, 820 Route 113, Souderton, PA 18964.

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Dock student nominates mentor for award
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon on October 17 to recognize business mentors of the community who give of their time to help students explore career ideas, develop career goals and grow personally. One of the mentors to be honored is Mr. Syed Mateen Afzal, founder of PDC Machines in Warminster, PA, one of the world's leading manufacturers of diaphragm compressors used in hydrogen fuel cells and other forms of renewable energy. Mr. Afzal was nominated for the award by Dock junior Zach Whitehair; Mr. Afzal and his company invested over 200 hours in mentoring Zach last summer.

In 1977 Syed Afzal founded PDC Machines Inc., a speciality gas and chemical processing company, using a degree in chemical engineering he had earned in his native Hyderabad, India. Over nearly four decades since, the Warminster-based business has grown to serve clients worldwide and is now led by Syed's sons Kareem and Mateen. The Afzal family has donated to numerous local nonprofits and charities, including Manna on Main Street, the North Penn United Way, the Pearl S. Buck House, and others. Kareem Afzal made a presentation on hydrogen fuel cells to Dock Environmental Science classes last year.
















Above: Dock Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Martin Wiens, Mr. Mateen Afzal, Zach Whitehair, and Syed Afzal at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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A Day of Innovation for Dock students
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Four Dock students recently participated in a Day of Innovation event hosted by Steve Melick, executive director of the La Salle University Center for Entrepreneurship. Held at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, the seminar focused on innovation, ideation and critical problem-solving. Science faculty member Ms. Karen Johnston accompanied Dalton Moore, Laura Frederick, Harry Davis, and Ben Anderson as Dock's representatives at the event.

"I learned a lot about entrepreneurship and innovation. I hope we can start a club so that we can learn to become better innovators. If there was an opportunity to go again, I definitely would."

~ Dalton Moore

"I learned that everything has more value than you think. You can start a business or make a product with any idea, as long as you put in the work, you're open-minded about new ideas and ready to look at things differently."

~ Harry Davis III

"I really enjoyed the group work and getting to know people from other schools. I would go again if I could."

~ Laura Frederick



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MS science lab: separating a mixture
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Middle school students get hands-on experience with one of science teacher Mrs. Lisa Reichley's favorite labs, Separating a Mixture. Over a two-day period, 7th graders utilized physical properties of matter to separate a mixture of sand, salt, sulfur, and iron. Students used methods of filtering, decanting, magnetism, and evaporation/boiling to isolate samples of each substance. Students wrote their own procedure and recorded results in pictures and captions. "We made quite a mess, but much learning and fun took place," said Mrs. Reichley.

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Mrs. Bergey's art class connects the dots
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

September 15 was International Dot Day, with millions of people around the world connecting through creativity in hopes of creating a global community of people who strive to make the world a better place. Students read the book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds in their homeroom classes, which encourages students to "make your mark and see where it takes you." Then in Mrs. Bergey's art class, students learned about mono printing, a type of printmaking, and created one-of-a-kind dot prints.

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Join Dock's Moms in Prayer
  • All School News

Did you know that a group of moms prays regularly for our students, faculty and staff? Dock's Moms In Prayer group meets in the Grades 9-12 chapel balcony from 8:00-9:00 a.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Their fall schedule:

October 13 & 27

November 10

December 8 & 22

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From the Guidance Office: October 2017
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Parenting screenagers

Attention Parents! Are you concerned with how social media and digital technology seem to be taking over your teen's life?

A special screening of Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age will be held at Calvary Church of Souderton on November 2 at 7:00pm. This film looks at how technology impacts kids' development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world. It offers solutions on how adults can empower students to best navigate the digital world and find balance. This is a free event, but to attend, registration is required at pennsuburban.org. Here is a link if you would like more details on the film: https://www.screenagersmovie.com


2017-18 Student Support Team

The Student Support Team gathers weekly to discuss students who may be at risk. Teachers, parents and students may bring names to a team member if there is a concern about a student or group of students. All information is confidential. Each referral is taken seriously, with action plans outlined for follow-up. Team members are: Mrs. Bergey, Dr. Clemmer, Mr. Gehman, Faculty; John Stoltzfus, Campus Pastor; Mrs. Leaman, 9th and 11th grade Guidance Counselor; Mr. Kabakjian,10th and 12th grade Guidance Counselor; and Mr. Wiens, Principal.


Schoology

Schoology (http://www.schoology.com) gives parents and families access to their student(s) grades, activities, and class information online. Log-in information was sent home with students at the beginning of the school year. If you need additional information, please contact Darwin Zehr at drzehr@dock.org.

College representatives

Over the next several months, approximately 20-25 college representatives will visit Dock. Daily announcements will inform students which schools are visiting, and a flyer is posted on the kiosk outside the Guidance Office. College representatives have information available outside of the cafeteria during the lunch period.

Read the entire Guidance Office report here

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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.

Rachel Derstine '03

Henry Rosenberger '63

Angela Leidig '92

American University - Washington, DC
Berkeley - University of Califnoria
Boston College
Brown University
Cairn University
Carnegie Mellon University
Eastern University
Eastern Mennonite University - Serving, Leading, Transforming
Fashion Institute of New York
Franklin & Marshall College
Georgetown University
Goshen College
LeHigh University
Messiah College
University of Michigan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
University of Oregon - College of Education
Parsons School of Design
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Savannah School of Art and Design
Villanova University
University of Virginia
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