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.

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Dock Newsroom

Touring Choir kicks off 2019 season
  • All School News
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy's Touring Choir kicked off its 2019 season Sunday with a concert at Towamencin Mennonite Church. The choir, an auditioned group of juniors and seniors, will perform at a series of concerts and festivals this spring, including the Mennonite Schools Council Choral Festival in Lancaster, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The choir's 2019 theme is "How Can I Keep From Singing?" The photograph on the cover of the choir's 2019 program was taken by senior Carolina Fraser. The public is invited to enjoy any of the choir's spring concerts.

Spring 2019 Touring Choir Itinerary

March 24  Fairview Village Church of the Nazarene, 8:25 a.m.

March 29-31  Carnegie Hall, New York City

April 7  Souderton Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m.

April 12-14  Mennonite Schools Council Choir Festival, Lancaster, PA

April 28  Salford Mennonite Church, 9:00 a.m.

May 19  Franconia Mennonite Church, 10:15 a.m.

May 22  Dock Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m.

June 2  Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m.

June 2  Zion Mennonite Church, 7:00 p.m.

June 8  Dock Commencement, 6:00 p.m.

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All-School Service Project on Tuesday
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy (EC-Grade 12) is sponsoring a service project in collaboration with Material Resource Center (MRC) of Harleysville, which supports the global ministry of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). MCC "shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice." The goal of our All-School Service Project will be to send comfort to the war-torn countries of Iraq and Ukraine

 

 

 

Donations

Send to school through March 11

Assorted band aids

Zip lock sandwich or snack bags for packaging band aids

New unsharpened pencils

 

We hope your family will plan to attend our 

All-School Service Night

Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Grades 9-12 Campus - Longacre Center

 

Knotting quilts with Material Resource Center

Coloring squares for quilts with Material Resource Center

Badminton Tournament (MS and HS brackets)

Badminton for Beginners (Elementary-age kids learn the basics)

Packing Band Aids and pencils

Ukrainian egg decorating

"Comfort food" samples from Ukraine and Iraq

Duct tape a teacher to wall

AND MUCH MORE

 

Thank you for your generosity and support!

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Time to think Summer Camps!
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

It may not feel like it now, but school will be out for the summer before you know it! If you have not yet made summer plans for your children, consider summer camps at Dock Mennonite Academy!

There are lots of options to choose from for ages 4-14, including sports and non-sports camps. A few NEW camps being offered this year include Dock's Amazing Race, Inventor's Workshop, Design and Build This!, and Once Upon An Adventure. There are lots more to choose from!

Act quickly and you could receive a FREE coupon for a quart of Rita's Water Ice. Use our NEW ONLINE REGISTRATION process, which makes signing up even easier.

Click here to link to camp schedules, descriptions and registration

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Phoenix Jazz Band at Dock TONIGHT!
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

When the Dock Touring Choir visits Europe every other summer, one of their first stops is in the small Rhine River town of St. Goarshausen, Germany. Frank Reichert is a teacher in the school there, and he also directs a student jazz ensemble known as Phoenix. It is Dock's good fortune that this cultural exchange is reciprocated with regular visits to the U.S. by the Phoenix Jazz Band. You have an opportunity to hear this powerhouse ensemble TONIGHT, Friday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Clemens Theater. The only thing that could make this any better? Admission is FREE. Come join us tonight—you will not be disappointed!

Listen to Phoenix from this morning's chapel preview

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March Guidance Office Newsletter
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

College Planning Information

College preparation begins with your high school schedule. The first step on the road to college begins with the courses students take in high school. The first thing colleges look at is the high school transcript. It is an important document in the admissions and scholarship process. Schools look for four years of solid course work in a basic curriculum. Although standardized tests are important in the application process, the high school transcript measures a student's ability and motivation over four years. Registration for next year's classes has already begun. It's important to review your schedule when you receive it in the spring and contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.

 

What do admissions officers look for in a transcript?

Generally, admissions counselors are looking to evaluate:

Grades: Are they on an upward trend?

High School: What are its academic qualities?

G.P.A.: Cumulative Grade Point Average and Current Grade Point Average

Test Scores: SAT, ACT, SAT Subject test. How does the student compare to students from other schools?

Senior Year: Is the student taking challenging academic curriculum and being successful?

 

Junior year: College visits and planning

Students should have several colleges selected from information they have researched. Now it is time to prepare for campus visits. Selecting a college takes research. It begins with the college guidebooks, college publications, computer resources, people resources, college fairs and open houses, and the campus visit. It is important to keep files on each for future reference. Below are Internet resources for you to explore:

 

College Board: www.collegeboard.com

Campus tours: www.campustours.com

College-bound athletes: https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/

Federal Student Aid:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

Scholarships: www.fastweb.com/ or  www.cappex.com

 

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

May 4, 2018                  April 5, 2019

June 1, 2018                 May 3, 2019 

 

Students with Learning Disabilities that would like to request SAT or ACT accommodations, please see Mr. Kabakjian or Mrs. Leaman to review the process.

 

Upcoming Local College Fairs
 

Upper Dublin High School                                                   

Tuesday, March 12, 2019                                                   

1580 Fort Washington Avenue                                               

Maple Glen, PA  19002                                                         

Phone: 215-643-8900                                                           

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm                                                            

 

Southeastern Pennsylvania Christian College Fair

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Coventry Christian School

699 North Pleasantview Road

Pottstown, PA  19464

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

 

Spring-Ford High School                                                    

Wednesday, March 20, 2019                                              

350 S. Lewis Road                                                                

Royersford, PA  19468                                                          

610-705-6001                                                                     

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

Council Rock High School North

Thursday, March 28, 2019

62 Swamp Road

Newtown, PA  18940

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 

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

March 16, 2019 – Discovery Day

April 12, 2019 – Discovery Day for Juniors

Eastern Mennonite University www.emu.edu

March 23, 2019 - Campus Open House

Goshen College www.goshen.edu

March 8, 2019 – Explore Goshen Day

Hesston College www.hesston.edu

March 28-30, 2019 – Fly Trip to Hesston College

April 6, 2019 – Sophomore and Junior Day     

 

Work Study Program

If your rising senior has interest in career study or work study for the 2019-20 school year, please have him/her see Mrs. Leaman to discuss the process and fill out the application. This course selection comes with school requirements as well as employer expectations. The application needs to be on file before the end of May, and regular time cards and employer evaluations will be expected throughout the semester. If you have questions pertaining to this class, please call the guidance office.

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Dock participates in academic competition
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Six Dock students participated in the 2019 Montgomery County Academic Competition on March 5 in Norristown. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, the competition featured 19 teams, with the top team going on to compete at the state level.

The competition consisted of two matches, in which Dock competed against two other teams for points. Each match had two rounds, and a round had two parts: 10 “toss-up” Jeopardy-style questions, and a “Fanfare” round in which each team had the opportunity to answer up to six questions in 60 seconds.

Congratulations to Dock team members (l to r) Ming Xue, Tyler Rotelle, Alexa Kennel, Ashley Mellinger, Jie Ji, and Claudia Zhang.

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Dock plays Instrumental Festival
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock’s Concert Band and Orchestra combined their talents with those of musicians from Eastern Mennonite High School at the Mennonite Schools Council Instrumental Festival Feb. 28-March 1 in Harrisonburg, VA. which culminated in a concert on Friday evening. The orchestra practiced and performed under the direction of Guest Conductor Don Brubaker, while the Band was directed by Richard Adams. Dock will host the Instrumental Festival next year.

Dock's Touring Choir will perform in the MSC Choral Festival April 12-14, 2019, at Lancaster Mennonite School.

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The Music Man Jr. Image Gallery
  • Arts News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Dock's Middle School Theater gave three performances of The Music Man Jr. March 1-2, with packed houses enjoying the familiar tunes of this beloved musical. Cast photos and other images from the show have now been posted to The Music Man Jr.'s page on the Dock website

Dock's performance of The Music Man Jr. was based on Meredith Willson's six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man Jr., which features iconic songs such as "76 Trombones," "Wells Fargo Wagon," and "Til There Was You."

A show filled with wit and warmth, The Music Man Jr. was family entertainment at its best, and our young actors and singers performed admirably.

The story follows this fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, (Mrs. Paroo: Haley Harper, Winthrop Paroo: Drew Antrobus, Mayor Shinn: Ivan Dean, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Kathrine Kardos, Zaneeta Shin: Felicia Cappiello, and more) into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.

Visit the show's web page

 

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Arts Day 2019 results
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Arts Day at Dock Mennonite Academy's Grades 9-12 Campus celebrated the idea of  "harmony." How can we live our lives in harmony? How can we live our relationships in harmony? How can we live to encourage harmony in the world? Students performed in stage events and created entries in culinary, creative writing, fabric arts, photography, visual arts, and technology that expressed their understandings of harmony.

Judges scored entries in all the categories, with grades competing against each other for the top scores. Here are the results for Arts Day 2019, by category:

Creative Writing 

                3rd – Shaina Freeman (12)

                2nd – Ashley Mellinger (12)

                1st – Hannah Landis (11)

 

Culinary Arts

                3rd – Lydia Longacre (9)

                2nd – Macy Balmer (12)

                1st – Isabella Benner (10)

 

Fabric Arts

                3rd – Carissa Derstine (11) and Judy Ding (10)

                2nd – Rachel Jin (11)

                1st – Abigail Morgan (12) and Kate Strickland (12)

 

Photography

                3rd – Luke Sharp (10)

                2nd – Olivia Messina (11)

                1st – Cailey Ridge (11)

 

Visual Arts 

                3rd – Miguel Santiago (11) and Katie Trapp (11)

                2nd – Zoe Li (11)

                1st – Aya Berry (12) and Katelyn Sellers (12)

 

Technology

                3rd – Seniors

                2nd – Freshmen

                1st. – Juniors 

 

People's Choice (voted by students)

                3rd – "Boom Bayah" a dance – 10th grade

                2nd. – "This Feeling" a dance – 10th grade

                1st – "Rain Blood" – a band – 11th grade

 

Total Overall Scoring:

                3rd – Juniors

                2nd – Sophomores

                1st – Seniors

 

View the Arts Day program

 

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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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