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

3rd grade science class cares for chicks
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Yesterday was the last day before the chickens "flew the coop," so Mrs. Rodriguez's 3rd grade students got together with Mrs. Immel's Kindergarten class to visit together one last time with their precious chicks. As part of their science unit, 3rd grade students have observed and cared for these chicks from the egg and the incubator stage right through the hatching and first weeks of growth. It was a bittersweet goodbye, but these chicks are going home to some 3rd grade families who will care for them going forward!

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Countdown to the Country Fair & Auction!
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The countdown is on...just one week until our 58th Annual Country Fair & Auction kicks off! Come join the fun next Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 at Dock's EC- Grade 8 Campus in Souderton! 

  • Have you had an opportunity to review the 100+ items up for bid next Friday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m.? Here's your chance to peruse the LIVE AUCTION CATALOG and plan your bidding strategy!

LIVE Auction Catalog

  • Our ONLINE AUCTION runs through Monday, May 20. Lots of great items for you to bid on here as well!

ONLINE Auction Catalog

  • We still need quite a few volunteers to help at various stations. Volunteering is fun...can you help out?

SIGN UP to volunteer

  • This is your last chance to sign up your squad to compete in our Dodgeball & Donuts Tournament on Saturday, May 18. Great dodgeball action, great donuts, big fun!

REGISTER your Dodgeball team

  • Don't miss our locally famous BBQ Chicken! It is delicious, and a great value! You can have dinner on site at the EC-Grade 8 Campus on Friday, May 17 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Chicken, strawberry pies and more can also be purchased at our CHICKEN DRIVE-THRU on Friday only from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. The Drive-Thru is located at Franconia Mennonite Church on Route 113.

MENU for Chicken Drive-Thru

PLUS: Helicopter Candy Drop, Kids Games, Pony Rides, V4 Trampoline, Chicken Corn Soup, Burgers, Sausage and Peppers, Face Painting, Photo Booth, Live Music, Strawberry Pie, Funnel Cake, Waffles and Ice Cream, Moon Bounce, FREE Shuttle Parking and Much, Much MORE!

Visit our Country Fair & Auction web page

for schedules, menus and other details

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Athletes make college commitments
  • Athletic News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Athletics hosted an event on Wednesday, May 8, to recognize student-athletes who have been recruited by a college coach, and have committed to playing their sport at the college level. Congratulations to these Dock student-athletes:

Macy Balmer – NCAA D3 – Field Hockey – Lancaster Bible College. Parents: Jen and Dwane Balmer

Theresa Beck – NCAA D3 – Softball – Cairn University. Parents: Katie and Doug Beck

Nolan Bolton – NCAA D1 – Baseball – Liberty University. Parents: Lori and Todd Bolton

Brooke Bozarth – NCAA D3 – Basketball and Soccer – Hood College. Parents: Tracy and Bob Bozarth

Mason Fisher – NCAA D3 – Baseball – Moravian College. Parents: Lisa and Keith Fisher

Mason Keller – NCAA D3 – Baseball – Immaculata University. Parents: Andrea and Kurt Keller

Austin Nice – NCAA D2 – Track and Field – East Stroudsburg University. Parents: Linda and Kevin Nice

Kate Strickland – NCAA D2 – Field Hockey – Millersville University. Parents: Bob and Anna Strickland

The event also featured video highlights from each athlete's career, and a reception was held afterward. Dock wishes all of our student-athletes success as they continue their playing careers!

Pictured, standing l to r: Mason Keller, Theresa Beck, Austin Nice. Seated l to r: Macy Balmer, Brooke Bozarth, Kate Strickland, Nolan Bolton, Mason Fisher.

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Alum speaks to class about hate crimes
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Sophomores in Mrs. Grega's English class have been studying Hate Crimes in the United States this year, with a particular focus on how media and law enforcement actions impact individuals and society in general. In April, Mrs. Gwen Eagleton from Dock Woods hosted the students as she shared about her experiences growing up in the Atlanta area in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and how racial regulations and expectations impacted her life.

On May 2, Officer Donovan Sobetsky, a 2010 Dock grad and a police officer in Norristown with past police experience in Philadelphia, shared with students and several faculty his personal experiences in law enforcement. Both Miss Gwen and Officer Sobetsky's insights enhanced our understanding of the complex issues related to race, police actions and civil rights. The discussions were rich and enabled students to see issues from different perspectives and respect the views of others.

 

Photo: Back row Tabitha Bennefield, Officer Donovan Sobetsky, Steven Martin and Dylan Osborn. Front: Dallas Wilder, Elyssa Bochnowicz, and Jeremiah Kim

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Inter-Generational Art Show opens Tuesday
  • Arts News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Make plans to attend Dock's 20th Intergenerational Art Show and enjoy drawings from 6th graders TJ Seiders, Lela Martin, Damia Park, Danny Emr, Sadie Bernd, Lily Hunsberger, 7th grader Michaella Labrum, and 8th grader Steven Liu. In addition, the traditional Pennsylvania German art forms of fraktur and sgraffito will be on view from 8th graders Lydia Hwang, Ainsley Moyer, Zach Frederick, and Sophia Kim. 

Everyone is invited to the opening reception on Tuesday, May 7 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438. We'll be honored to once again have Select Strings (above) provide the music for our opening reception. If you can't make it for the reception, stop by to see the display between May 7 and May 24 during gallery hours (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

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Senior Recital is May 28
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

A Senior Recital is being hosted by the Site Council (formerly Parent Teacher Fellowship) on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Longacre Center's Clemens Theater. This is an opportunity to celebrate the musical gifts of the Class of 2019. Please come out and enjoy an evening filled with music and art from our seniors. Refreshments will follow. All Dock students and parents are invited to attend this event!

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Dock's Spring Drama is must-see theater
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The reviews are in for Dock's spring drama:
"So much fun!"
"Worth seeing!"
"I still have a smile on my face..."
"Refreshing, upbeat—a great weekend pick-me-up!"

You have two more opportunities to see these three one-act plays—"Much Ado About Nothing," "A Mad Breakfast" and "The Lost Elevator"—that will leave you in stitches, TONIGHT and Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

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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
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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