Learning for lives of purpose

Two Campuses. One Community.

From the first day of preschool until graduation, each Dock Mennonite Academy 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 Cooks 2019: Restaurant quality!
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

For the 10th year of the esteemed culinary competition that is "Dock Cooks," the chefs were firing on all burners. Several observers said this may well have been the best and most competitive session yet, because virtually all of the entries were of such uniformly high quality that you would not be disappointed in the least, nor a bit surprised, to have any one of them placed before you in a restaurant, cafe, or bakery. 

A sampling of the dishes our 2019 chefs created around this year's theme of "Herbs and Spices": Veal Ragout with Risotto Milanese; Grilled Flank Steak with Spicy Cucumber Salad and Sticky Rice; Potato Saak Samosas with Mint Chutney; Saffron Chicken over Spiced Rice (with an Iranian Milkshake chaser); Spiced Roasted Rack of Lamb.

On the dessert menu were Ginger Snaps with Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling; Churro Cheesecake Bars; Christmas Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream, Mini Spice Bundt Cakes.

The judges (a lucky lot indeed) surely had to feel as if they were awarding Michelin stars rather than ribbons in a high school culinary competition.

But alas, one of our 12 chef teams must wear the champion's apron, and so our panel of eight faculty judges awarded the prizes for Dock Cooks 2019 (photo above, l to r):

3rd Place: Ivy Xu and Coco Zhang for their delicious Chicken Curry.

2nd Place: Regan Zehr and Makenna Rodriguez for their creative and tasty Potato Saak Samosas with Mint Chutney.

1st Place: Rissa Bergey and Alyse Sobetsky (not pictured) for their flawless and beautiful Christmas Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream.

Congratulations to all of our Dock Cooks chefs—you truly created some memorable dishes!

More Dock Cooks photos

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Plenty of Dock Green at Souderton Parade!
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

We enjoyed perfect crisp, winter weather this past Saturday donning our Dock hats for the Souderton Holiday Parade! Dock teachers and students greeted families from the community along the parade route and gave out recyclable shopping bags to all attendees as part of our "Green" holiday theme!

View photos

View parade video (start at 11:15)

If you would like one of our limited edition 2019 Souderton Parade Dock Pom-Pom Beanie hats, there are still a few available. They make great Christmas gifts! Email Jenn Crissman at jcrissman@dock.org if interested.  Cost is $18 each.

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The Pioneers say THANK YOU!
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Our students wanted to say a big THANK YOU to our superhero supporters who contributed over $17,000 to #PioneersGive on #GivingTuesday, December 3. See a video of our enthusiastic students saying "thank you" below! It was a busy giving day all around the world, but Dock students deeply appreciate the generosity and support that you poured into our school.

It's not too late to contribute to Dock if you would like to make a donation before the year is over!

#GivingTuesday is an international response to the "me-focused" days following Thanksgiving: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Last year, more than 7,000 organizations in 100 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. 

 

We are also grateful for a generous group of Dock parents and alumni who matched the first $5,000 donated to #PioneersGive. What an amazing community we are part of!

Go to #PioneersGive

See our students say "thank you"!

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Need Christmas spirit? Here's a BIG dose
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

If you needed a little encouragement to fully embrace the Christmas spirit, you got all you needed if you were there for our Early Childhood Christmas Program on Wednesday morning. What a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season, as parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends were treated to a spirited Christmas program by our Early Childhood students!

See photos

Watch the entire EC Christmas program

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December Guidance Newsletter
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Need Cash for College? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for scholarships! Check out the comprehensive Scholarship List on the Guidance Office page of our school's website. It includes local and national scholarships, as well as Dock-sponsored scholarships. This list will be updated and posted on the kiosk in Rosenberger Center as new scholarships become available. Feel free to stop by the Guidance Office if you have questions and/or to pick up a copy. We recommend you begin a personal scholarship search by using the following websites:

  • Fastweb.com                                                                                     
  • Salliemae.com
  • Scholarships.com                                                                              
  • Studentscholarships.org
  • Collegeboard.com                                                                            
  • Studentawardsearch.com
  • Educationplanner.org                                                                       
  • Goingmerry.com
  • Collegexpress.com                                                                            
  • Unigo.com 

Another resource for scholarships is the college you plan to attend.  Ask your college admissions counselor what scholarships you qualify for. Research the college site and actively look for information relating to scholarships. The college financial aid office is also a good place to obtain information. 

Parents:  It is essential that you fill out the FAFSA form for your student to qualify for need-based federal loans, grants, and scholarships. The online FASFA form must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on June 30, 2020. We highly recommend that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.  The electronic version can be found at www.Fafsa.ed.gov. You may request a paper copy of the FAFSA by calling: 1-800-433-3243. We also recommend you visit www.pheaa.org to learn more about The Pennsylvania State Grant Program.

 

SAT Information

The SAT should be taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at www.Collegeboard.com. Students should set up an account with College Board. This will give them access to many tools that are available to support SAT preparation and the college search. There are also helps for parents. This is a recommended site for college-bound students and their parents.

SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:

Test Date                             Registration Deadline

March 14, 2020                     February 14, 2020

May 2, 2020                          April 3, 2020

June 6, 2020                         May 8, 2020

 

Senior Transcripts & Applications

To have your transcript sent to any post-secondary program, seniors will need to fill out a purple transcript release form.  The forms are on the front counter in the Guidance Office.  Please pay close attention to the application deadlines. It is essential that the teacher recommendations are given to the teachers at least two weeks before the deadline. If you want transcripts sent out before Christmas break, all requests must be made to the Guidance Office by Monday, December 16. We will try our best to have all the applications in the mail by December 20 if we have been given ample time. The Guidance Office will be closed over Christmas break.

 

College and Career Information: Attention Juniors!

While all four years in high school are important, the most pivotal year for academic and career decisions is a student's junior year.  During their junior year, students take a more comprehensive look at their future beyond high school.  All juniors:

  • take the PSAT/NMSQT in October and are encouraged to review their test results with their counselor and parents when they receive them in December.
  • are welcome to set up a time to meet with Mrs. Leaman about their future career goals, college selection, current academic standing, and selection of their senior year courses. 
  • should consider taking an SAT preparation course.
  • should sign up to take the SAT at least one time during their junior year.
  • should develop a list of potential colleges, technical schools, or job opportunities to research.
  • who are student athletes, should become familiar with the NCAA Guidelines for Student Athletes, checking to make sure you are meeting the core course requirements and test standards.
  • are encouraged to visit the colleges and technical schools that fit their career goals and aspirations.
  • should begin to gather financial aid information from any sources available: Dock, the local community, and most importantly, from the educational institutions themselves.

Dock has introduced a new college planning system called SCOIR. SCOIR helps students discover colleges that match their personal as well as academic interests. It is a useful tool for navigating through the college selection process. All juniors were provided a link (https://app.scoir.com/signup?hsid=392149) and invited to create an account with SCOIR. Through your SCOIR account, you also have access to a free career and aptitude assessment. This assessment uses engaging exercises ("brain games") to identify your natural abilities. As a result, you are matched with careers for which your natural talents will help you excel.

Junior students who become actively involved in the college and career activities listed above will find their senior year to be productive, rewarding, and less stressful. 

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EC students engineer turkey traps
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Mrs. Rachael Grim’s Early Childhood class learned that engineers start with a problem or question and then design and build something to solve the problem. The problem: Mrs. Grim doesn’t have a turkey for Thanksgiving yet. The solution: design and build "Turkey Traps" to catch one! With all the creative juices flowing in her class, Mrs. Grim is sure to have turkey for Thanksgiving!

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Dock enters B101 Christmas Choir Competition
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy will again be represented in the B101 Christmas Choir Competition. Dock's Chamber Choir (see photos, below) gathered last week to record the Christmas classic, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The winning choir will receive $5,000 and have an opportunity to sing on stage with the Philly Pops during their Christmas Show at the Kimmel Center. Stay tuned for more details!

Listen to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Watch a Powerpoint slide show of the recording session with audio

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Middle School student starts Compassion Club
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Dock Middle School student Maggie Leese has sensed a need to spread kindness to others since she was in the 3rd grade. As part of her recent passion project that she presented at Dock's Middle School EXPO Night, Maggie set a goal to spread kindness throughout our school and community. With help of school counselor Mrs. Alissa Messina, Maggie has created a brand new Compassion Club at Dock! The kick-off meeting of the club happened to coincide with World Kindness Day! Almost 45 students were in attendance and brainstormed about ideas on how to show kindness in the community. The club will meet twice a month, and we are looking forward to see how this group spreads kindness to others at school and beyond!

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November Guidance Office Newsletter
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Mennonite College Day

Mennonite College Day was held on Monday, October 7.  Four Mennonite Colleges (Bluffton University, Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Hesston College) sent representatives to spend the day at Dock. Students were invited to stop by their tables throughout the day or during lunch to interact with the college representatives.  To learn more about their schools, check them out online or plan to visit them soon.

College                                      E-mail addresses                     Websites                            Phone numbers

Bluffton University                      admissions@bluffton.edu       http://www.bluffton.edu/           1-800-488-3257

Eastern Mennonite Univ.             admiss@emu.edu                  http://www.emu.edu/                1-800-432-4000

Goshen College                          admissions@goshen.edu        http://www.goshen.edu/            1-800-348-7422

Hesston College                         admissions@hesston.edu       http://www.hesston.edu/            1-800-995-2757

Bethel College                           admissions@bethelks.edu      http://www.bethelks.edu/            1-800-522-1887

 

Report Cards

Quarter One ended on Thursday, October 26, and report cards were issued to students on Friday, November 8th at the end of the school day. A students’ report card may be held for a variety of reasons such as overdue books, failure to return a sport uniform, etc.  The teacher who holds the report card will issue it when the student has handled their responsibilities to them.   If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call the Guidance Office. 

SAT Information

The SAT should be taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at www.Collegeboard.com. Students should set up an account with College Board. This will give them access to many tools that are available to support SAT preparation and the college search. There are also helps for parents. This is a recommended site for college-bound students and their parents.

SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:

Test Date                             Registration Deadline

March 14, 2020                       February 14, 2020

May 2, 2020                           April 3, 2020

June 6, 2020                          May 8, 2020

Senior Transcripts & Applications

To have your transcript sent to any post-secondary program, seniors will need to fill out a purple transcript release form.  The forms are on the front counter in the Guidance Office.  Please pay close attention to the application deadlines!  You must allow at least 7 days for teachers and staff to write letters of recommendation and process your transcript and application.  If you want transcripts sent out before Thanksgiving break, all requests must be made to the Guidance Office by Friday, November 22.  Please don’t wait until the last minute!

College and Career Information

Parents navigating the college admissions process got a little boost on October 6 when Dock hosted a College Information Night in Rosenberger Academic Center with the college admission counselors from our Mennonite colleges. Additionally, Mrs. Leaman presented college and career information to juniors when she visited their English classes last month. While all four years in high school are important, the most pivotal year for academic and career decisions is a student's junior year.  During their junior year, students take a more comprehensive look at their future beyond high school.  All juniors:

  • take the PSAT/NMSQT in October and are encouraged to review their test results with their counselor and parents when they receive them in December.
  • are welcome to set up a time to meet with Mrs. Leaman about their future career goals, college selection, current academic standing, and selection of their senior year courses. 
  • should consider taking an SAT preparation course.
  • should sign up to take the SAT at least one time during their junior year.
  • should develop a list of potential colleges, technical schools, or job opportunities to research.
  • who are student athletes, should become familiar with the NCAA Guidelines for Student Athletes, checking to make sure you are meeting the core course requirements and test standards.
  • are encouraged to visit the colleges and technical schools that fit their career goals and aspirations.
  • should begin to gather financial aid information from any sources available: Dock, the local community, and most importantly, from the educational institutions themselves.

Dock has introduced a new college planning system called SCOIR. SCOIR helps students discover colleges that match their personal as well as academic interests. It is a useful tool for navigating through the college selection process. All juniors were provided a link (https://app.scoir.com/signup?hsid=392149) and invited to create an account with SCOIR. Through your SCOIR account, you also have access to a free career and aptitude assessment. This assessment uses engaging exercises (“brain games”) to identify your natural abilities. As a result, you are matched with careers for which your natural talents will help you excel.

Junior students who become actively involved in the college and career activities listed above will find their senior year to be productive, rewarding, and less stressful. 

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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), Erica ('18), and Gabriel ('22) 

"We give thanks to God for the friends, faculty, and experiences that have shaped each of our children. It is so rewarding to see what God has created in them. From establishing a Christian foundation in grade school, to encouraging and creating service opportunities, to living out their faith in high school, Dock has partnered with us as our children have matured over the past 16 years."

Howard and Bonnie Anderson, parents of Lauren ('14), Haley ('16), Brian ('18) and Jonathan ('20)

"One of the best decisions we’ve ever made was to send our girls to Dock. You provide kids with a holistic and individualized education and you help them to recognize their abilities and their limitless potential. Emma is a different person today than she was walking into that school in September. We are so grateful to all of her teachers.  Each one made an impact on her—that’s not an exaggeration."

Tim and Erica Celenza, parents of Emma ('22, bottom right) singing during the 8th Grade Celebration on June 7, 2018 

"Olivia is thriving at Dock. She knew she was home the first time she toured the campus. We appreciate the fact that it’s OK for our girls to speak about their faith, to ask questions about what they believe in. Our girls are growing spiritually and building a stronger relationship with God, and they see that we all have a role to play in changing our world. The teachers at Dock are sincerely interested in and care about our girls. What you all do is very important—it goes beyond textbooks. Olivia and Emma are happy."

Tim and Erica Celenza, parents of Olivia ('20, far left), performing in Dock's 2017 fall musical, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  

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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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
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