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.

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December Guidance Office Newsletter
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Need Cash for College? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for scholarships! This link will take you to a comprehensive Scholarship List with more information on the Guidance Office page of our school’s website. It includes local and national scholarships, as well as Dock-sponsored scholarships. This list will be updated and posted on the kiosk in Rosenberger Center as new scholarships become available. Feel free to stop by the Guidance Office if you have questions and/or to pick up a copy. We recommend you begin a personal scholarship search by using the following websites:

Another resource for scholarships is the college you plan to attend.  Ask your college admissions counselor what scholarships you qualify for. Research the college site and actively look for information relating to scholarships. The college financial aid office is also a good place to obtain information. 

Parents:  It is essential that you fill out the FAFSA form for your student to qualify for need-based federal loans, grants, and scholarships. Deadlines vary by state and college. The electronic version can be found at www.Fafsa.ed.gov. You may request a paper copy of the FAFSA by calling: 1-800-433-3243. We also recommend you visit www.pheaa.org to learn more about The Pennsylvania State Grant Program.

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

March 12, 2022                   February 11, 2022

May 7, 2022                        April 8, 2022

June 4, 2022                       May 5, 2022

Save the Dates!

Friday, December 3 – EC-8 Christmas Benefit Concert:  7 pm at Franconia Mennonite Church

Thursday, December 9 – Grades 9-12 Christmas Concert: 7 pm at the High School Campus

College Applications

Seniors applying to college, remember to add all colleges you are applying to on your SCOIR account. The Guidance office uses SCOIR to send all supporting documentation to these colleges, including your transcript. You should be requesting letters of recommendation through SCOIR as well. Please give your teachers at least 1-2 weeks’ notice to write letters on your behalf. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kabakjian before December 17. The Guidance Office will be closed over Christmas Break (Dec. 18 through Jan. 2).

College and Career Information

While all four years in high school are important, the most pivotal year for academic and career decisions is a student’s junior year.  During their junior year, students take a more comprehensive look at their future beyond high school.  All juniors:

  • take the PSAT/NMSQT in October and are encouraged to review their test results with their counselor and parents when they receive them.
  • are welcome to set up a time to meet with Mrs. Leaman about their future career goals, college selection, current academic standing, and selection of their senior year courses. 
  • should explore their options to prepare for the SAT. Links to free online resources and SAT Prep classes are available on the Guidance Office SAT Prep webpage.
  • should sign up to take the SAT at least one time during their junior year.
  • should develop a list of potential colleges, technical schools, or job opportunities to research.
  • who are student athletes, should become familiar with the NCAA Guidelines for Student Athletes, checking to make sure you are meeting the core course requirements and test standards.
  • are encouraged to visit the colleges and technical schools that fit their career goals and aspirations.
  • should begin to gather financial aid information from any sources available: Dock, the local community, and most importantly, from the educational institutions themselves.

Dock uses a college planning system called SCOIR. SCOIR helps students discover colleges that match their personal as well as academic interests. It is a useful tool for navigating through the college selection process. Juniors, if you have not yet created a SCOIR account, please see Mrs. Leaman. Through SCOIR, you will have access to a free career and aptitude assessment. This assessment uses engaging exercises (“brain games”) to identify your natural abilities. As a result, you are matched with careers for which your natural talents will help you excel.

Junior students who become actively involved in the college and career activities listed above will find their senior year to be productive, rewarding, and less stressful. 

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Dock sophomore performs in The Nutcracker—for the 10th time!
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Congratulations to Dock sophomore Abigail Neiderer, who will be performing in the Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company's 50th Anniversary production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Performances are at 2:00 p.m.and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, in Goodhart Theater on the campus of Bryn Mawr College. Abigail, who recently led the dance ensemble for Dock's production of Tuck Everlasting, is excited to be performing in The Nutcracker for the 10th consecutive year, and will be dancing in a variety of roles in both shows:

2:00 p.m.: Mouse King, Snow, Flower, Marzipan Corps, Spanish Lead Understudy

7:30 p.m.: Candy Cane Lead, Mouse King, Snow, Flower, Spanish Lead Understudy

Bryn Mawr College is located at 101 North Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

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A perfect day for Turkey Bowl 2021!
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

It was the best weather in recent memory for Dock's Turkey Bowl today—and an almost perfect day for the Juniors, who eked out a 4-3 win over the Seniors, winning on a TD pass with 30 seconds to play. Congratulations to all of our Juniors and Seniors for a well-played game, and thanks to everyone who came out to watch!

See more photos on our Facebook page, and link to the video playlist here

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Superintendent's Letter: 11.22.2021
  • All School News

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, another in a series of communications the school has shared over the course of the past two years. In his November 22,2021 letter, Dr. Swartzentruber focuses on Dock's policy and planning initiatives to provide an environment that is safe for students both physically and emotionally.

Read the full text of the letter here

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Lamplighter Class of 2021 Special Issue
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Lamplighter, the magazine for the Dock Mennonite Academy community, has published a special issue highlighting the Class of 2021. Features include coverage of Dock's 2021 Commencement, Senior Presentations, academic and athletic awards, and 8th Grade Celebration. Access the Class of 2021 Special Issue online at Dock's Publications web page.

Go to the Publications page

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Two more chances to see Tuck Everlasting!
  • Arts News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The cast and crew of our fall musical, Tuck Everlasting, have been working incredibly hard, and you have just two more opportunities to see the show, this Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, at 7:00 p.m. We hope you will support our talented students!

Tickets are $5 student/$10 adult ($7/$12 at the door) and can be purchased at Our.show/tuck1

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November Guidance Office Newsletter
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Mennonite College Day

Mennonite College Day (MCD) was held on campus on Wednesday, October 20. Our Mennonite Colleges sent representatives to spend the day at Dock. Students were invited to stop by their tables throughout the day or during lunch to interact with the representatives. To learn more about their schools, check them out online or plan to visit them soon. On Tuesday evening, parents and students were invited to a College Information Night. This was an opportunity to learn more about the admission process, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities from the EMU and Goshen representatives.

College                                  E-mail addresses                     Websites                              Phone numbers

Bluffton University                  admissions@bluffton.edu      http://www.bluffton.edu/      1-800-488-3257

Eastern Mennonite Univ.         admiss@emu.edu                 http://www.emu.edu/           1-800-432-4000

Goshen College                      admissions@goshen.edu       http://www.goshen.edu/       1-800-348-7422

Hesston College                      admissions@hesston.edu      http://www.hesston.edu/      1-800-995-2757

Bethel College                         admissions@bethelks.edu      http://www.bethelks.edu/     1-800-522-1887

Report Cards

Quarter One ended on October 22, and report cards will be issued to students on Monday, November 8 at the end of the day. A student’s report card may be held for a variety of reasons, such as overdue books, failure to return a sport uniform, etc. The teacher who holds the report card will issue it when the student has handled their responsibilities to them. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call the Guidance Office.

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

March 12, 2022                  February 11, 2022

May 7, 2022                        April 8, 2022

June 4, 2022                       May 5, 2022

College Applications

Seniors applying to college, remember to add all colleges you are applying to on your SCOIR account. The Guidance office uses SCOIR to send all supporting documentation to these colleges, including your transcript. You should be requesting letters of recommendation through SCOIR as well. Please give your teachers at least 1-2 weeks’ notice to write letters on your behalf. If you have any questions, see Mr. Kabakjian.

National Honor Society News

The annual induction ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 12 in Dock’s auditorium. New inductees were honored during a candle-lighting ceremony. The evening ended with a dessert celebration. Stop by the library entrance to see the display showcasing our new members!

College and Career Information

While all four years in high school are important, the most pivotal year for academic and career decisions is a student’s junior year.  During their junior year, students take a more comprehensive look at their future beyond high school.  All juniors:

  • take the PSAT/NMSQT in October and are encouraged to review their test results with their counselor and parents when they receive them.
  • are welcome to set up a time to meet with Mrs. Leaman about their future career goals, college selection, current academic standing, and selection of their senior year courses. 
  • should consider taking an SAT preparation course.
  • should sign up to take the SAT at least one time during their junior year.
  • should develop a list of potential colleges, technical schools, or job opportunities to research.
  • who are student athletes, should become familiar with the NCAA Guidelines for Student Athletes, checking to make sure you are meeting the core course requirements and test standards.
  • are encouraged to visit the colleges and technical schools that fit their career goals and aspirations.
  • should begin to gather financial aid information from any sources available: Dock, the local community, and most importantly, from the educational institutions themselves.

Dock uses a college planning system called SCOIR. SCOIR helps students discover colleges that match their personal as well as academic interests. It is a useful tool for navigating through the college selection process. Through SCOIR, you will have access to a free career and aptitude assessment. This assessment uses engaging exercises (“brain games”) to identify your natural abilities. As a result, you are matched with careers for which your natural talents will help you excel.

Junior students who become actively involved in the college and career activities listed above will find their senior year to be productive, rewarding, and less stressful.

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Students get a taste of farm life
  • Athletic News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Several members of retired faculty member and Athletic Director Tim Ehst's advisor group visited him recently at Frontier Pastures, the Bally, PA, farm where Ehst now raises cattle. Accompanied by their new faculty advisor, Mr. Zach Bower, students toured the farm and learned about the intricacies involved in raising cattle and sustainable pastures. They also toured the greenhouses where Ehst's nephew grows hydroponic lettuce and tomatoes. As a bonus, Ehst treated the group to ice cream afterwards at nearby Longacres Dairy.

Ehst graduated from Dock in 1971, and has spent the past 45 years as a faculty member, coach and athletic director. He retired in June 2021. He grew up on the family dairy farm that is now home to Frontier Pastures, and has come full circle after developing a passion for raising beef cattle. He practices what Dock preaches, as a life-long learner who is constantly reading and learning to hone his farming craft and to work towards ever-healthier soils, pastures, and cattle.

Joining Ehst in operating the farm are his brother, Ken, who cultivates wheat and soybeans, and nephew Ryan, who manages the hydroponics under the name Butter Valley Harvest. The 80-acre farm has been in the Ehst family for 10 generations and is now permanently preserved for agricultural use. For more information about Frontier Pastures or Butter Valley Harvest, or to inquire about beef purchases, visit their website, email contact@frontierpastures.com or call 484.866.6920.

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Students helping students learn to like math
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Math can be a difficult subject for young students to appreciate, especially when they don’t see how it is connected to their everyday lives. Helping younger students make that connection was the focus of a group of high school students from Mr. Zach Bower’s Foundations of Geometry class when they visited their counterparts in Mrs. Claire Wanamaker’s Middle School math class on Friday.

The curriculum for Foundations of Geometry is based on the project-based learning (PBL) model, and for their first project students were tasked with creating a presentation aimed at teens that combines geometric information and historical facts about geometry to explain the significance of geometry to their lives. These students contributed their different gifts and talents in creating a presentation and video from scratch. They came up with the idea to have 8th grade students play the Geometry Dash game; the goal was to provide a “peak moment” experience to help 8th graders remember the presentation better. “Research shows that peak moment experiences can happen in different ways,” Mr. Bower said, “but one way is to incorporate an ‘elevation’ experience—a ‘moment of happiness that transcends the normal course of events through fun and surprise.’”

Thanks to Mr. Bower and to Dock juniors Savannah Landis, Emily O’Rourke, Lauren Gouldey, and Matthias Brockington for helping to make math more fun for our Middle School students!

Watch the presentation Mr. Bower's students created

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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

16

countries recently 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
Franklin & Marshall College
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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