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

Excitement builds over 4th grade quilt
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

This year's 4th grade quilt, "Growing in Christ," is a wall hanging inspired by the school theme verses for this year from Ephesians 4:15-16. The 50"x70" design features a tree with 20 leaves—one leaf for each student, and one for their teacher, Mrs. Kipp Glass. Each student selected two colorful batik fabrics that would form their individual leaf. Each student selected two colorful batik fabrics that would form their individual leaf. These selections are also represented on the border of the piece where each student's name is incorporated. No two leaves are alike, highlighting the uniqueness of each student that makes our school—and our world—so diverse. The leaves signify new life where healthy growth has been nurtured and instilled in our students. 

This year's beautiful quilt was a family affair; the quilt was designed and pieced by Dock grandparent Beth Wierwille, mother of EC-8 music teacher Laura Landes and grandmother of 4th grade student Liza Landes, and quilted by a dedicated team of family and friends. The value of the quilt, of course, is priceless, but you can bid on it during the 58th Annual Country Fair & Auction. The LIVE AUCTION will be held on Friday, May 17 at approximately 6:45 p.m. As always, there will be a scrapbook of photos and other items commemorating the making of the quilt that will also be auctioned off. Don't miss the excitement of the live auction!

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Spring 2019 Lamplighter available online
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The Spring 2019 issue of Lamplighter will be on its way to you in a few days, but the content is now available online, including:

  • A story about Dock's new Project-Based Learning initiative, which will impact curriculum at both campuses.
  • Coverage of Arts Day 2019, with the theme, "Harmony"
  • A look at some of the key happenings from both the EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses
  • Links to spring golf tournament registration, 2019 Country Fair & Auction page, and more!

There is additional online content available on many pages, which you can link to by scrolling over the page.

Spring 2019 Lamplighter

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2nd Grade Grandparents Day
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

A BIG thank you to all of our 2nd grade grandparents who came out to enjoy a special time with their grandchildren! On Grandparents Day, it's always hard to tell who is having more fun, but everyone enjoys this special bonding time together. The highlight of the morning was a preview of the 2nd grade musical, Joseph, just for grandparents!

See ALL the Grandparents Day photos

See photos and more from Joseph

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April Guidance Office Newsletter
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

SAT and ACT College Exams

Juniors are encouraged take at least one SAT or ACT exam in the Spring. When registering, remember to use Dock's CEEB code, 392149. Register by mail or online at collegeboard.com or actstudent.org for a test at the public high school nearest to you.

                    SAT Exam                                                                                                                                

Testing Date               Registration Deadline                        

May 4, 2019                 April 5, 2019                                       

June 1, 2019                 May 3, 2019                                        

                    ACT Exam    

Testing Date               Registration Deadline

June 8, 2019                 May 3, 2019    

July 13, 2019                June 14, 2019

            

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

Students with the proper current documentation (within 3 years) for a learning disability, may qualify for accommodations for the SAT or ACT test. An SSD Student Eligibility Form must be submitted for each student requesting accommodations. The College Board recommends that Dock submit SSD Student Eligibility Forms at the conclusion of the student's 9th grade year. If you feel your child would qualify for SAT or ACT accommodations, please contact Mrs. Leaman for a request form or additional information.  SAT accommodations and ACT accommodations are two separate applications. After the student has been approved for accommodations, it follows him/her through high school.

 

Scholarships are out there . . . You just have to search for them!

There is still time to apply for scholarships! More information, including a list of specific scholarships and their application deadlines, is available in the Guidance Office. This Scholarship List is also available on the website.  Remember to check your local newspaper and library for scholarship opportunities. Talking to the financial director at the student's college of choice may also uncover other options. It takes work, but there is money to help support higher education.

 

Below are some helpful online resources to assist you in scholarship searches.

College Board - www.collegeboard.com 

FastWeb - www.fastweb.com 

Scholarship Page - www.scholarship-page.com/ 

Sallie Mae - www.salliemae.com/college-planning/college-scholarships/

Going Merry - www.goingmerry.com

Student Award Search Aid - www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

Student Scholarships - www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php

 

Parents, remember to check Collegeboard.com or ACT.org for information to support your student. Along with college information, there is also a timeline, registration and practice tests, and other helpful tips. Guidance encourages you to take time and search this site for helpful information.

 

AP Testing

Beginning the week of May 6th through May 17th the Guidance Office will be administering AP tests. There will be approximately 154 tests administered to students who have registered for 21 various AP tests.     

 

Upcoming Local College Fairs
 

Souderton Area High School                                                
Thursday, April 11, 2019                                                      

625 Lower Road                                                                     

Souderton, PA  18964                                                             

Phone: 215-72-2808                                                              

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

 

Quakertown Community High School

Thursday, April 11, 2019

600 Park Avenue

Quakertown, PA  18951

215-529-2000

 

Mennonite College 2019 Spring Open Houses

Bethel College  www.bethelks.edu

April 26, 2019 – Junior Jumpstart: Liberal Arts in Action

Bluffton College www.bluffton.edu

April 12, 2019 – Discovery Day for Juniors

Hesston College www.hesston.edu

April 6, 2019 – Sophomore and Junior Day     

 

Summer Enrichment

Looking for things to do this summer? Check out the kiosk in Rosenberger Center for ideas! Enrichment activities look impressive on the college resume. See your Guidance Counselor if you have questions.

 

Academic Recognitions

As we have done in the past, we will honor students at graduation with three categories:

Cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.70 – 3.84

Magna cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.85 - 3.99

Summa cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 4.00 and above

 

Save the Date: Senior Recital

A Senior Recital will be held in the Longacre Theater on Tuesday, May 28, beginning at 7 p.m. Seniors will showcase their gifts in music, art, and design. 

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Dock art on display at the IV Library
  • Arts News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

The Dock community will have two important opportunities to see school-related artwork on public display during the months of April and May at the Indian Valley Public Library.

  • Back in October 2018, Dock parents Kimberly and Jonathan Stemler made a unique contribution to a community-wide art project that celebrated a century of growth and progress in the borough of Souderton. Using a 100-year-old window taken from the original offices of Univest—and provided by Univest executive and Dock parent John Duerksen—the Stemlers created a layered, topographical map of the Indian Valley area (photo, above).

A number of other artists also created windows for the project, entitled Windows of History: Souderton Past, Present and Future, and all the windows will be on display during the month of April at the Indian Valley Public Library. This is a great opportunity to see these unique works of art! 

See the original Newsroom story about Dock's Window of History

  • Speaking of unique works of art, Dock's Elementary Art Show will be held at the IVPL during the month of May, featuring works by our EC to Grade 8 students (below). There will be an Art Show reception at the library on Monday, May 13, at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the reception and support our young artists!

 

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After-school STEM adventure
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Eighty Dock students in Kindergarten through middle school experienced an after-school STEM adventure, diving into the world of computer science and coding! Younger students visited hands-on stations creating and launching "Peeps" parachutes and making hovercraft out of paper plates, feathers and other materials to test for flight in an awesome wind tunnel. A special thanks to teachers Mrs. Trish Landis and Mrs. Kathleen Taylor for bringing STEM to life, and to Microsoft for an awesome adventure in coding!

See more photos

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Students excel in 4-Way Speech Contest
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Four Dock students competed recently in the Harleysville Rotary Club's 4-Way Speech Contest. For the contest, which is open to students in grades 9 to 12, contestants choose a topic for their speech and try to persuade others by applying the principles of the 4-Way Speech:

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Congratulations to Dock students Ashley Mellinger, Madalyn Bergin, Aya Berry, and Mirabel Fizzano for their success in the Harleysville contest. They will now move on to compete at the district level.

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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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