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

Early Childhood - Grade 8

Grades 9 - 12

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Superintendent Update: July 28, 2021
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Dock Parents and Students,

I trust your summer is going well and you are finding time to strengthen family relationships. Our offices are busy preparing for a new school year at Dock!

We continue to monitor advice from our county regarding COVID-19 mitigation recommendations. Our county has a relatively high rate of vaccination, but we want to continue to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff.

For the new school year, we plan to allow individual families to decide about the wearing of masks while on campus. Students traveling on district buses will need to follow the policy of that school district while riding the bus. Dock will not be requiring masks once the student arrives on campus (inside or outside). We encourage each family to consider what is best for your children. Faculty and staff will support family decisions. We encourage respect and patience as families may make different decisions. We want each student to feel comfortable and safe at Dock.  

Dock will continue to be mindful of general ways we can stay healthy. Routine maintenance of air handling systems, cleaning protocols, and good personal hygiene are all a part of keeping our students and staff healthy. We encourage you to follow practices developed last year such as regular health checks for students and keeping any student who feels sick at home.

Expect to see an increase in communication over the coming weeks as we help you prepare for the first day of school. Join us in prayer for our students and staff as they prepare to return. We look forward to a great year ahead!  

DR. CONRAD SWARTZENTRUBER

Superintendent

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Leonard Dow ('82) named VP of Community and Church Development at Everence
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  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Leonard Dow ('82) has been named Vice President of Community and Church Development at Everence. He will continue to lead the Everence team in Philadelphia, but will also direct Everence efforts to serve emerging diverse communities and churches. In addition, Dow was named president of Everence Community Investments LLC.

"As our community and church demographics change, it is essential that Everence continue to take steps to build authentic relationships in all of the communities where we live and serve," said Everence CEO Ken Hochstetler. Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of professionals. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education.

Photo courtesy of Mennonite Central Committee

Read Leonard Dow's Commencement address to the Class of 2019

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Fraser wins Audubon Grand Prize—again
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Carolina Fraser ('19) has done it again: She is the winner of the National Audubon Society Photography Awards Grand Prize in the Amateur category for her stunning photo of a roadrunner taking a dust bath in the South Texas desert (above). Fraser won the Grand Prize in the Youth category in 2016 for her shot of two Great Frigate birds, which she captured in the Galapagos Islands.

"One of my favorite places to take photographs is among the oil pumps and open space at Los Novios Ranch in South Texas, where wildlife weaves through cacti and birds perch on fence posts," Fraser said in describing her award-winning shot. "On a blazing hot summer day just before sunset, I found myself lying facedown at an uncomfortable angle, my elbows digging into a gravel path as I photographed this roadrunner. I manually adjusted the white balance until I captured the bird bathed in golden sunlight as it took a dust bath."

Read more about Fraser's award-winning photo

Read more about Fraser's passion for photography

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New summer camp added
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"Let's go to the zoo!" is a new summer camp that has been added to the Dock Summer Camp lineup for ages 4 to 6. This camp will run July 26-30 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. each day. It will be supervised by Mrs. Laura Almond and other Dock faculty. Students will spend our time learning about different animals and their life at the zoo. For more information about Dock's sup[er summer camp lineup, visit dock.org/summercamps.

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MS students "Splash into Science"
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Now-retired faculty member Mr. Harry “Mr. A” Anselmo first began taking Dock Middle School students on the “Splash into Science” summer learning trip almost 20 years ago. Fifteen students in grades 7 and 8 continued the tradition this year, now accompanied by high school science teacher Mrs. Kellena Smith and several other adult chaperones. The 5-day trip is jam-packed with a variety of fun opportunities to learn about ecosystems in the Florida Keys. Students participate in a beach snorkel, a reef snorkel, and kayak through mangroves, visit a turtle hospital, and learn about (and swim with!) dolphins. The group also spent a day in the Florida Everglades learning about that ecosystem.

See more Splash into Science photos

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Superintendent's Letter: June 10, 2021
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  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the last in a series of pandemic-related communications the school has shared over the course of the 2020-21 school year. The June 10, 2021 Superintendent's Letter includes gratitude for a successful school year, reflection on our end-of-year activities at both campuses, and a look forward to a more normal fall.

Read the full text of the letter here

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Virtual Senior Presentations
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Senior Presentations are 20-minute public presentations given by each graduating senior in which they reflect on their growth and maturity academically, socially, and spiritually over their years at Dock, as well as the key relationships and experiences that shaped them. Friends and family are invited to attend the presentations. This year, presentations by a number of seniors were given via video. These virtual presentations are available for viewing through June 23.

Link to Virtual Senior Presentations

Students who delivered Senior Presentations by video include:

Keira Chung

Serena Tan

Samantha Osborn

Judy Ding

Sherry Hu

Moon Hu

Rhea Song

Chuck Ju

Tony Li

Chloe Sung

Lauren Moatemri

Ria Chu

Song Kang

Isabelle Li

Bella Liang

Amy Sun

Frank Xu

Henry Zeng

Steve Martin Jr.

Noah Adams

Abby Lanning

Mahamod Camara

Dallas Hamilton-Wilder

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Physics boat race goes international
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

It’s official: Dock’s Physics Boat Race has gone international.

While his classmates raced their cardboard boats across Groff Pond last Friday, remote learner Bryce Huang, a junior, also tested the seaworthiness of his craft—only he was 8,000 miles away in Yunnan, China. Congratulations on a well-designed boat, Bryce—that extra credit in Physics class is coming your way!

Students in Mrs. Jane Mast's Physics classes have an opportunity to earn extra credit by designing and building boats made of just two materials: cardboard and duct tape. Teams of students build the boats and then race them across Groff Pond during Dock's All-School Social, an anticipated annual end-of-year event. 

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Early Childhood Spring arts event
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Our Dock Early Childhood team held their first outdoor EC Spring Arts Event. EC students shared a few songs, including "God is on the Move," "Jesus Loves Me" and "This Little Light of Mine." They also shared the Easter story from Matthew 28 by memory. Parents, grandparents, and friends visited outside of the EC campus wing to also celebrate student artwork displayed throughout the area. It was a wonderful evening!

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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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Rachel Derstine '03

Henry Rosenberger '63

Angela Leidig '92

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Fashion Institute of New York
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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
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