Learning for lives of purpose

Fall Reopening Plan

A letter from our Superintendent includes links to:

  • Our reopening plan for Fall 2020

  • An archive recording of a Zoom presentation for parents

  • A Powerpoint presentation of the reopening plan

  • The school's Covid-19 Health and Safety Plan

  • Reopening plan FAQ

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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. Dock is a private Christian school where you will find a true community of learners.

Early Childhood - Grade 8

Grades 9 - 12

Dock Newsroom

Superintendent's Letter: August 10, 2020
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the sixth in a series of communications the school has shared over the course of the summer. The August 10, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes updated information about the 2020-21 school year, including:

  • a link to the school's updated and board-approved Health and Safety Plan
  • a link to a waiver protecting our students, parents and school community
  • an updated FAQ about the school's reopening plan

We urge Dock parents to read this information carefully!

Read the full text of the letter here

 

Photo: Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and his assistant, Mrs. Cathy Schmidt

Read more about Superintendent's Letter: August 10, 2020
Yearbook Night this Thursday!
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Don't miss THE social event of the summer: Yearbook Night! Be the first to see the 2020 Schul Andenken on Thursday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m. on the Detweiler House porch. It's a great time to reconnect with friends...all grades are welcome! While this event is being held outside, students are expected to wear a mask. We look forward to seeing you!

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Dock announces Fall Reopening Plan
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy's Pandemic Team hosted a Zoom presentation for parents this morning to more fully describe the school's plan to reopen this fall with both on-campus and remote learning options, as well as the rationale for their direction. They also provided some insight as to how these options might be experienced by students at both campuses. Parents were encouraged to ask questions through the Chat feature on Zoom. The presentation was recorded for those not able to join at that time. The archive recording of that presentation, as well as the Powerpoint used, are available at the link below.

Read about Dock's reopening plan for the fall

 

"I just want to take a moment to say thank you. It is obvious that Dock has spent time and prepared a plan that takes into account the many different thoughts, opinions, concerns, and frustrations of all families during this pandemic. While it is impossible to please everyone, it is clear the two options you have outlined have the biggest probability of satisfying the majority of your families. Providing two options is so refreshing and I realize this will be much extra work for your staff and teachers...thank you! This will be our oldest child's first year at the school, and we could not be more pleased with our choice of Dock!" ~ Dock Elementary Family

"I am very confident with the decisions that were made by administration, the board and the pandemic team. There are two options—on-campus learning or remote learning for Early Childhood through 12th grade. Thank you Dock administrators, teachers and board members for spending your summer planning for the fall. I know many families from other schools are concerned about the options available to them. Dock has a large facility with a smaller number of students, so safety, academics, and social interactions will not be compromised!"    ~ Dock high school parent

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Superintendent's Letter: July 27, 2020
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the fifth in a series of communications the school is sharing over the course of the summer. The July 27, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes some exciting news about the 2020-21 school year, including

  • a link to the school's Health and Safety Plan
  • details about our on-campus and learn-at-home options for the fall
  • announcement of a Zoom meeting for parents to learn more about their fall options
  • the opportunity to register your child for one of the fall options

We urge Dock parents to read this information carefully!

Read the full text of the letter here

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Summer 2020 Lamplighter
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The Summer 2020 issue of Dock's Lamplighter magazine is now available. It includes coverage of:

  • Dock's online learning experience during the second half of the 2019-20 school year
  • Stories of Dock alum serving on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Arts Day 2020
  • A story about Dock grad Jenny Chen ('20) giving back to her home community in China
  • Plus Alumni News and more!

In addition, the online version of Lamplighter includes extra content related to our alumni:

  • Erik Kratz ('98) Zooming with Dock students and reflecting on a 20-year major league baseball career
  • Food truck operator and aspiring cafe owner Janine Powis ('11)
  • Halle Putera ('16) rocking her senior year at Franklin & Marshall

 

Access the digital version of the Summer 2020 Lamplighter

 

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Superintendent's Letter: July 22, 2020
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the fourth in a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The July 22, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes some exciting news about the 2020-21 school year, including on-campus and learn-at-home options.

Read the full text of the letter here

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Dock 8th grader uses 3D printer to help save endangered owls
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Most of us exist in a two-dimensional world, but Dock student Alex Brown thinks in 3D.

When his family decided to ride out the pandemic in Florida, the 8th grader completed a project he had started in his Genius Hour class before Dock went to online learning. Alex created miniature burrowing owls using his 3D printer and used them to raise $150, which he donated to a Florida non-profit trying to protect the endangered species.

"I think they're the cutest things ever," Alex told the Cape Coral Daily Breeze. "I realize their population is in danger, so I decided I needed to try and help them financially by donating to the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife." CCFW said Alex's donation provided seed money for its new "Adopt an Owl" fundraising program.

Alex came to appreciate the owls by observing them in a burrow near his home in Cape Coral. He decided to make them the subject of his Genius Hour project, and researched the owls extensively. Printing the owls in miniature proved to be a challenge, as Alex had to make adjustments to a horned owl template. For example, horned owls have large ears, or "tufts," while burrowing owls do not. After some trial and error, Alex was able to print the owl he wanted, and he gave them to family and friends in return for a donation. Along with the plastic owl, he provided a brochure with information about the creatures, and how donations could make a difference in preserving their habitat.

Genius Hour is part of Dock's Middle School project-based learning curriculum, where students are encouraged to pursue learning about things they are passionate about, and work at issues where they want to see change. We're proud of you for using what you learned to make a difference, Alex!

Read about Alex in the Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Learn more or make a donation to CCFW's Adopt an Owl program

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Superintendent's Letter: July 8, 2020
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the third in a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The July 8, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes more detail on Dock's plans for the coming 2020-21 school year, including the possibility of both on-campus and learn-at-home options.

Read the full text of the letter here

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Dock announces STEM initiative
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy has announced significant enhancements to its STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that will provide students with the skills and knowledge to help them succeed in our increasingly digital society, economy, and culture. These enhancements, which essentially double the STEM curriculum at each campus, will prepare students for emerging career opportunities in STEM-related fields.

Key components of the expanded STEM curriculum include new Computer Science courses in coding, computer systems and networks, database systems, programming languages, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and software engineering, well as the development of a STEM lab at the Grades 9-12 Campus to provide increased hands-on learning in robots, circuits, and 3D printing. Significant enhancements are also taking place at the EC-Grade 8 Campus, particularly in the Middle School STEM curriculum.

You can read all the details about these exciting new curriculum developments in the attached article.

Dock's STEM Initiative

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Superintendent's Letter: June 26, 2020
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the first of a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The June 26, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes more detail on Dock's plans for the coming 2020-21 school year.

Read the full text of the letter here

 

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This is Dock Mennonite Academy

Dock Mennonite Academy offers a dynamic and diverse learning community.

Dock is a private Christian school whose balanced integration of faith and learning teaches students from Early Childhood to Grade 12

to be confident thinkers who lead lives of purpose. Our mission is to offer an affordable Christian school education that inspires and equips every student

to serve with a global perspective by integrating faith, academics, and life-enriching experiences in a Christ-centered environment.

Purpose Beyond Academics

 

 

Our private Christian school has a purpose beyond academics. On the field, court and stage—these are the places where memories are made. Dock is a Christian academy where 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

"I just want to take a moment to say thank you. It is obvious that Dock has spent time and prepared a reopening plan that takes into account the many different thoughts, opinions, concerns, and frustrations of all families during this pandemic. While it is impossible to please everyone, it is clear the two options you have outlined have the biggest probability of satisfying the majority of your families. Providing two options is so refreshing and I realize this will be much extra work for your staff and teachers…thank you! This will be our oldest child's first year at the school, and we could not be more pleased with our choice of Dock!" 

Dock Elementary family

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

Our Early Childhood to Grade 12 Christian school inspires a life-long love of learning from an early age. We value your child's natural need for exploration and inquiry, and we believe that school should inspire students—and parents. Dock Mennonite Academy offers an affordable Christian school where each student is recognized for their individual and unique abilities. 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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Fashion Institute of New York
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