Learning for lives of purpose

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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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Arts Day public performance program
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The public performance program for Arts Day 2018 has been posted to the Dock web site. The program will begin tonight (Friday, February 16) at 7:00 p.m.

Arts Day 2018 - "Home"

Evening Program - 7:00 p.m.

Welcome - Principal Martin Wiens

Emcees - Ms. Barbara Brown and Mrs. Charlene Rauch

11 Small Vocal - "I'll Think of You" by Kurt Hugo Schneider

Laura Bergey, Ben Graham, Ryan Kratz, Mikayla Martin

10 Dance - "Forest Dream" - A traditional Chinese dance

Jessica Zhao

12 Small Vocal - "Sweet Creature" by Harry Styles

Mikayla Frederick, Molly Hand, Carsyn McCloskey, Lauren Ness, Abby Nice

9 Vocal/Instrumental - "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri and David Hodges

Laura Frederick, Sara Kennel, Marciella Shallomita

11 Large Vocal - "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders

Nicole Ford, Sam Gingerich, Alexa Kennel, Ryan Kratz, Mikayla Martin, Abby Morgan, Jeremy Moyer, Addison Schweizerhof, Olivia Yates

12 Small Vocal - "Home" by Dierks Bentley

Evan Alderfer, Jeremy Yoder

10 Small Vocal - "Bailhualing" by PuShu

Calvin Gao, Sebastian Hou

12 Small Vocal - "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables

Mikayla Frederick, Alex Martin, Lauren Ness

9 Vocal - "Movie Medley" - by Straight No Chaser

Laura Frederick, Cassidy Williams

11 Dance - "Carry Me Home" by The Sweeplings

Macy Balmer, Laura Bergey, Bryce Kauffman, Ryan Kratz, Abby Morgan, Addison Schweizerhof

10 Large Vocal - "Home" by Phillip Phillips

Jonathan Anderson, Madelyn Bergin, Olivia Celenza, Carlie Cocco, Carissa Derstine, Bryanna Dix, Jenna Dragone, Braden Landis, Hannah Landis, Kate Landis, Sydney Leaman, Olivia Messina, Ruth Michel, Makenna Rodriguez, Christian Rush, Ralph Saint-Fleur, Miguel Santiago

12 Vocal - "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus

Evan Alderfer, Ian Anderson, Livia Anderson, Jackson Bell, Emily Bennett, Lindsey Bernd, Marques Brockington, Eliza Dennis, Matt Derstine, Mikayla Frederick, Molly Hand, Charret Ho, Chris Keach, Austin Kurian, Rachel Li, Isaac Longacre, Levi Longacre, Alex Martin, Carsyn McCloskey, Lauren Ness, Abby Nice, Laura Olsen, Sam Thompson, Kyle Wells, Jeremy Yoder, Mason Zehr

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Arts Day 2018 program posted
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The program for Arts Day 2018 has been posted to the Dock web site. Seating for parents during the day on Friday is in the balcony. There will also be a public performance of selected Arts Day acts Friday at 7:00 p.m.

The theme for Arts Day 2018 is HOME. The concept of home is not the same for every student. Students will perform in stage events and create entries in culinary, creative writing, fabric arts, photography, visual arts, and technology that express their understanding of home. Where is it? What does it look like? Who is there? What makes home feel like home? What songs, stories, events, holidays, celebrations, and emotions are part of your understanding about home?

The emcees for Arts Day 2018 are Ms. Barbara Brown and Mrs. Charlene Rauch.

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Dock unveils "new" athletic identity
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  • Athletic News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy has unveiled a new athletic identity, and it will be at once completely familiar and yet brand new for students and alumni.

Over the last year, the athletics, marketing, and admissions teams at Dock have worked to discern what the school's athletic identity should be going forward, with a goal to strengthen our marketing efforts in the athletic arena. This morning, in chapels at both the Middle School and Grades 9-12 campuses, Director of Admissions Doug Hackman revealed to the Dock community the results of this journey.

The process began with a survey that was sent to parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students regarding whether we should move forward with our existing athletic identity, the Pioneers, or select a new athletic identity. A strong majority of survey respondents indicated that Dock should continue to be the Pioneers.

Based on this feedback, we began working with designers on new athletic logos. A variety of logo submissions were tested with different groups. Again, we worked with parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students in this process.

The logo that we selected rated well with all constituent groups. It rated particularly well with athletes that recently graduated, and current athletes at the high school and middle school level, which made us feel confident to move ahead with our decision.

"I have appreciated the leadership of [Athletic Director] Tim Ehst in this process," said Hackman. "He has helped ensure that our athletic department represents who we are and what we value as a school, in particular emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and how lessons learned on the field translate to who we are when we leave this place."

"Dock has been known as the Pioneers from the moment we began competing in athletics in the mid-1960s," said Ehst. "The new logo preserves the positive associations so many of our former student-athletes have, but infuses the brand with new energy that captures our passion to compete at the highest levels."

The Dock community will begin seeing the new identity being used in a variety of ways, including our athletics website, t-shirts, gym floors, and as a springboard to creating a mascot that will build enthusiasm and energy at "big games" and other events.

Watch the identity reveal announcement in chapel this morning (up to 2:50)

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Austin Kratz sets PA record in the 200M
  • Athletic News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

By now you have probably heard that Dock Mennonite Academy is home to one of the fastest runners in the state—and perhaps the entire country. Senior Austin Kratz recently set the indoor record for Pennsylvania in the 200 meters last weekend, running 21.04 seconds in the SPIRE Invitational in Ohio. Austin is now nationally ranked in the 50M, 200M and 300M, and has been setting PRs (Personal Records) almost every time out during his fantastic winter track season, but has taken it all in stride and continues to be grounded in faith, family and academics. Congratulations to Austin and his coaches—keep up the great work!

Watch a recent interview with Austin broadcast nationwide on MileSplit here

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Olympic excitement at EC-Grade 8 Campus
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the world has turned its attention to the Winter Olympics, and Olympic fever is high at the EC-Grade 8 Campus. On Monday, students kicked off the week with a "Parade of Nations" through the hallways of the school, cheered on by our Middle School students. At the end of the parade, a short ceremony was held to observe the lighting of the Olympic "torch." Physical Education classes taught by Mrs. Cheryl Ryder and Mrs. Jayne Landis Longacre this week have "morphed" into various winter Olympic events. You can just feel and hear the excitement of our students!

See photos from the Parade of Nations

See photos from Olympic events in gym class

Watch a video of the Parade of Nations

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A must-read Valentine's Day saga
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Remember what Valentines' Day was like when you were a kid? Dock school nurse Mrs. Brenda Shelly does, and while the celebration of the holiday is certainly different today, there is still a lot to love about how Miss Slemmer's third grade students and Mrs. Quirk's kindergarteners marked the occasion in their classrooms. Read Mrs. Shelly's post in The Window to learn more!

Look in The Window

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The busiest 100-year-olds around!
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Kindergarten and first grade teachers, students and aides dressed up as 100-year-olds and celebrated the 100th day of school together. Students took part in fun activities including book reading, cup stacking to 100, counting games to 100, and others. Students also got 'hands-on' with a STEM activity that included building snowballs with marshmallows and toothpicks. These are the busiest 100-year-olds around!

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5th graders plan a buddy bench
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

During the second quarter, Mrs. Kelly Kratz's fifth grade students considered the question, "How can we help to improve our school?" The recess playground seemed to be the best area to focus on. Students researched how to help solve recess problems by looking up key phrases like "loneliness at recess." The buzz in our classroom grew as students started reading about this idea called a buddy bench. It was clear to all of them, this was definitely the direction they wanted to head.

Work began immediately on gathering information about the buddy bench and thinking how we could actually get a buddy bench on our playground. Because the students would need to convince the school administration, we were also looking for strong evidence to show we could really benefit. The fifth graders decided to survey the elementary students to find out just how many students had ever felt lonely while playing at recess. The next step was to write a letter to school leaders convincing them that the fifth graders could make this work. Students wrote in teams, edited individually, and worked as a class to put the finishing touches on the letter. We also worked to tie this research and planning into our Bible curriculum, which focuses on being a welcoming community.

Students developed a presentation for chapel in which they taught students to look and notice people that feel sad. The fifth graders shared a modern rendition of the Good Samaritan story at chapel as an introduction to the buddy bench (see photo, below). The fifth graders are now working on creating an uplifting bulletin board to keep the community spirit alive at our school, and planning the next steps for getting the buddy bench to our very own Dock Mennonite Academy playground!

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Seussical tickets now on sale
  • Arts News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Tickets are now on sale for the Dock Middle School Drama Department's production of Seussical the Musical! Performances are Friday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the stories of Dr. Seuss. The musical debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play's story is an amalgamation of many of Seuss's most famous books. After a Broadway run, the production spawned several tours in the U.S. and abroad, and has become a beloved classic for school, community, and regional theater companies.

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Mom's Market new to CFA for 2018
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Dock is hosting a Mom's Market as a new feature of the 2018 Country Fair & Auction on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. This is a great opportunity to pick up gently used children's clothing, toys and more at steep discounts. Reserve your table TODAY for the all NEW Mom's Market—table space is limited and spots will fill up fast. Whether you're buying or selling, you don't want to miss the Mom's Market at this year's CFA!

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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.


Play here. Excel here. Win here.


Follow your passion here.

The Arts

We celebrate creativity here!


Learn technology here.


Find your beat here.

Dock By The Numbers


of students receive financial aid or discounts

Aid can include direct support from Dock or assistance from churches


Percentage of graduates who attend college

Others take a gap year for service or enter the workforce


Percentage of Faculty with Advanced Degrees

Dock strives to develop a life-long love of learning—and our faculty lead the way.


Faculty to Student Ratio

Class sizes offer opportunities for quality teacher-student interaction and individual attention


countries represented

A global perspective is a strength of the Dock experience


churches represented

Dock serves many other denominations; less than half of our students are Mennonite


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


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


Percentage of students participating in one or more sports

Student-athletes find excellent opportunities to participate in spor(s) they love, even as freshmen


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) and Erica ('18)

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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Angela Leidig '92

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