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

Dock student wins service award
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Eight recipients of Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Student Community Service Award were honored at a membership luncheon on December 13 at Indian Valley Country Club in Telford. Dock sophomore Delaney Frankenfield was among the students honored for her outstanding contributions to society through significant community service. To qualify for this recognition, nominees met the following criteria:

1. Demonstrate leadership by having established a new project or enhancing an existing project which benefits the community;

2. Demonstrate the Chamber's six pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Respect, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship, and

3. Demonstrate outstanding community service.

Congratulations Delaney!

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Movie Night fundraiser for Casa Sanctuary
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Thanks to everyone who came out for Movie Night on Friday, December 8, to help raise money for Casa Sanctuary, an orphanage in Romania that Dock has consistently supported over the past few years (our very own Mrs. Gail Anderson is on Casa Sanctuary's board of directors). We raised $500 from ticket and cookie sales!
Shout-outs also to those who provided door prizes, including Chick-fil-A Lansdale (four gift cards), Giant Supermarkets (grocery gift card) and Moyer Specialty Foods (snack tray). Dock appreciates your support!

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Christmas Benefit Concert gallery
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

The EC-Grade 8 Campus held its annual Christmas Benefit Concert on Friday, December 1, at Franconia Mennonite Church. All of our vocal and instrumental groups participated (see the full list below). We are extremely thankful to have exceeded our goal for the concert this year, with donations and matching gifts totaling $32,052. We are so grateful for the generous support of families and friends in our community!

You won't want to miss this photo gallery from the concert!

Participating Groups:

Kindergarten Class

3rd Grade Choir

5th Grade Orchestra

Middle School Orchestra

Advanced Handbells

Jazz Ensemble

Middle School Band

Middle School Choir

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Play together with your preschooler!
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Looking for something for you and your pre-school child (ages 1-3) to do together in the New Year? Check out Tot Time and Play with Purpose on the EC-Grade 8 campus!

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1st graders play "word detective"
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

The "Word Detective" recently visited Mrs. Miller's first grade classroom. The detective gave the children their detective kits and badges so they could become word detectives ready to improve their word-solving skills. Students looked "closely" at tricky words and developed fluency and confidence as reading detectives.

More photos

Watch a video

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Dock grad teaches about insurance
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Why do people purchase insurance? What impacts the price of insurance premiums? Chad Yoder, of Franconia Insurance and Financial Services in Telford, answered these and other questions for Personal Finance class this week. In the photos, Chad is having the students participate in an exercise about how risk pools impact the cost of insurance premiums. In addition to this exercise, Chad used a variety of visual aids, personal real life examples, video clips, and other exercises to help students engage with the topic.



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Seniors dominate Dock Cooks!
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

It is a reliable lunch and dinner stand-by, something you can make in a pinch when there's almost nothing else in the house, a dish that even the most ham-handed chef can be successful with: the humble grilled cheese.

And yet on Wednesday, December 6, in Dock's Kitchen Stadium, this modest sandwich became something much, much more, as 13 teams of student chefs competed in the annual Dock Cooks! culinary competition, adding creative twists and flavors to elevate this kitchen staple to heavenly levels. Feast your eyes on the grilled cheese buffet served up by our Dock Cooks! chefs, and please congratulate our winners, all seniors:

1st place: Melea Ruth and Abbie Woods, Chipotle Chicken Grilled Cheese

2nd place: Jamie Kolb and Rachel Shreiner, Bacon Cheese Toastie

3rd place: McKenzie Gordon and Lindsey Bernd, French Dip Grilled Cheese

See more photos in the Media Gallery/Grades 9 to 12/Campus Life

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MS faculty attend AMLE
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Five Dock Middle school teachers attended the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, November 6-8 in Philadelphia. AMLE was a comprehensive event with a wide variety of workshops and lectures on current topics. Practical solutions to a wide variety of issues pertaining to middle level education were presented by experts in different subject areas. Attending from Dock were Mrs. Kathy Kennel, Mr, Mike George, Mrs. Claire Wanamaker, Mrs. Katie Longacre, and Mrs. Hilary Kotecki.

"I heard a lot of ideas to use in both my social studies and math classes," said Mrs. Wanamaker. "I liked the set-up of the conference and the options available. It was also refreshing to get out of the classroom and talk to other middle school teachers, and I also enjoyed building better friendships with my colleagues."

Mrs Longacre enjoyed the keynote speakers and workshops, which offered information and insights on almost every topic relating to middle school education. "It was an excellent conference," she said.

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Dock rocks the Christmas Parade!
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy once again participated in the Souderton Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2, with a float whose theme was "God's Indescribable Gift." Middle School Student Council (STUCO) members walked with the float and handed out bags of candy to enthusiastic children and families along the parade route. The bags featured a gift-themed flyer that promoted the school as well as "save the date" reminder for the Country Fair and Auction. STUCO members and advisor Mrs. Claire Wanamaker did an amazing job getting the float ready for the big day.

Thanks to STUCO, Mrs. Wanamaker, and the other teachers, staff and students who rode on the float, as well as to Dock parent Jim Rittenhouse, who once again provided the horsepower to pull it. We had wonderful weather and enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces as well as lots of new ones along the route!

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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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