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's Letter: June 10, 2021
  • 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 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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Running with purpose
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. ~ Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT

Dock Girls Run is a running group for girls in grades 4-6. This group met twice a week for six weeks to train, have devotions, build camaraderie across grade levels and inspire students to be healthy and confident in who they are as children of God. As a team, the group ran a 5K at the Grades 9-12 campus this past weekend. Group leaders Mrs. Jenn Crissman and Mrs. Leah Gendron are so proud of the girls and their commitment to finish #DOCKSTRONG!

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Eleanor Ruth Memorial Tree Planting
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Even a casual visitor to the Dock’s 75-acre high school campus will develop an appreciation for the beautiful trees that give the campus much of its rich character. The beauty of Dock’s landscaping is no accident, either; instead, it is the result of careful planning and thoughtful planting—which is why we were delighted to have former faculty member Roland Yoder spend the day on campus on Wednesday, May 12, to select additional trees and locations for planting.

At least eight trees and bushes were planted, including a memorial Serbian Spruce to honor Eleanor C. Ruth—Dock‘s very first administrative assistant and the only employee to serve with all six of Dock’s heads of school—who passed away in February. Her memorial tree is planted behind the patio at Groff Pond, near the art building. Additional trees and shrubs planted include a Magnolia, Double Weeping Cherry, three White Dogwoods, a Black Gum, a Fringe Tree, and several English Yews and Bird’s Nest Spruces.

We are extremely grateful to Roland Yoder and to Dale Weaver and Gerard Hasson, for their work getting all the trees planted, and to all who donated to fund the purchase of the trees. You can contact the Dock business office for a map that shows all of the memorial tree plantings on campus.

Pictured (above, l to r): Bob Rutt, Director of Advancement, former faculty member Roland Yoder, and Dale Weaver get ready to plant a Serbian Spruce tree in honor of long time administrative assistant Eleanor C. Ruth, who passed away in February. 

Additional photos

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May Guidance Office Newsletter
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

AP Exams

AP exams are being administered in the Guidance Office beginning May 3rd through May 17th.  Students taking exams should report to the Guidance office 20 minutes before their exam time. Click here for the exam schedule and more information or use the following link to the CollegeBoard website:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/exam-administration-ordering-scores/exam-dates

Senior Surveys

Mrs. Leaman will be surveying all seniors in May to gather post-graduation plans, which will include scholarships and award information. As information is available to you, please inform the Guidance Office.  The awards convocation is scheduled for Thursday, June 3. To have your information included, it must be submitted by May 28.

Senior Recital

The Senior Recital is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1. This event features the Performing Arts (stage events in music and dance), the Fabric Arts (fabrics, textiles, etc.), and the Visual Arts (painting, photography, sculpture, etc.). Students who have interest in participating in this event, should contact Mrs. Sensenig, Mr. Swartz, or Mrs. Lambright. Please connect with one of these teachers as soon as possible! 

Scholarship Opportunities for Dock Seniors

It’s not too late to apply for the following scholarships! Applications are available in the Guidance Office.

  • The Daniel J. Reinford Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Dock who will be attending a Mennonite college or university. It is based on financial need, grades, and contribution to campus life. Application deadline is May 12.
  • The Travis Bechtel Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Baum, Smith & Clemens, LLP, is a $1000 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior at Dock planning to major in business, excelling in academics, athletics, and business. Application deadline is May 12.
  • The Harleysville Rotary Club & Janke Family Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Dock, based on their essay of how the Four-Way Test of Rotary has impacted their life. The recipient receives $750 and their name on a plaque in the Guidance Office! Application deadline is May 19.

Senior Experience

Juniors, have you started to plan for your Senior Experience? It is not too early to begin the process of making connections for your experience.  If you plan to job shadow or go on a service trip, working ahead will benefit you and your selected host. 

Schedules

2020-2021 schedules will be handed out in late-May. It is important that each student and parent look over the academic schedule for next year. Review your schedule using the Curriculum Guide for the 2020-2021 school year. The guidance counselors are available to review schedules with students.  This is particularly important for next year’s juniors and seniors.  Schedules should be completed before the beginning of the new school year. All schedules need to be finalized for the year by the end of the 1st week of school. Any exceptions will require teacher, parent, and guidance counselor approval.

Career/Work Study

Any student who would like to be involved in the Career/Work Study Program next year, please see Mrs. Leaman for more information.

College Visits

Now is the time for Juniors to begin visiting colleges. It’s best to visit colleges when they are in session, however, the summer months are a great opportunity to do some initial investigating. It is important to contact the colleges you are interested in to find out what type of visits are offered. Many colleges offer virtual visits on their websites. You may also be able to find a virtual college fair. Hopefully, a second visit can happen in the fall if you are attracted to the college.  Rising juniors, it is time to gather and review colleges of interest, and upcoming seniors, you should have four to six colleges selected to send applications to in the fall.

Student Profile Form Updates

Students were given the opportunity to update their student profile forms last month. The forms are used to track extra-curricular activities, awards, career interests, reference information, and school reflections over the four years students are here. All students are encouraged to self-report information about school, church, community, and family activities.

The Student profile forms are used in several different ways:

  • The National Honor Society selection committee uses these forms to assist in determining NHS selection.
  • The Guidance Office uses them to disperse information about colleges and careers to students who have expressed an interest and in discerning awards and college scholarships.
  • Faculty references this information to assist in writing letters of recommendation.
  • Students refer to this information while filling out college resumes, applying for scholarships and college applications, etc.
  • Teachers and committees use this to determine student awards.

Academic Recognitions

As we have done in the past, we will honor students at graduation with three categories:

Cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.70 – 3.84

Magna cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.85 - 3.99

Summa cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 4.00 and above

Emergency Information

Parents, it is important that you call the school with any changes that affect your child’s emergency information.  Your contact information and current student health-related issues need to be continually updated.  Please call 215-362-2675 and speak to Ms. Gehman or the Guidance Office.

Summer Enrichment

Looking for things to do this summer? Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the Guidance website for ideas! Enrichment activities look impressive on the college resume. Contact your Guidance Counselor if you have questions.

 

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You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
  • Arts News

The excitement is building as we draw closer to opening night for our Spring Musical, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown."

We are pleased to be able to accommodate 120 people in Clemens Auditorium for each of our four performances (April 23, April 24, April 30, and May 1). We are using a seating chart to assure proper spacing (groups or "pods" of 5 seats for each household), so please be sure to select seats from an open 5-seat "pod."

We are also selling livestream tickets for those who wish to watch at home. Your confirmation email will include the link to the performance.

Thanks for bearing with us as we navigate some uncharted waters to provide a live theater experience for our actors, students and the community! Questions can be directed to the Advancement Office at advancementofc@dock.org

Purchase in-person tickets

Purchase livestream tickets

See the show's web page

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BBQ Chicken and Strawberry Pie Pre-order
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

BBQ Chicken & Strawberry Pie Curbside Pre-Order

Pickup: Friday, May 14, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Location: EC-8 Campus, 420 Godshall Rd, Souderton

Preorder BBQ Chicken and Strawberry Pies now through April 23 to ensure you get these delicious Country Fair classics and save time and money in the process!

We will have our regular chicken drive-thru at Franconia Mennonite Church for access to our full menu.

NOTE: *All pre-orders will be picked up at the EC-8 Campus, 420 Godshall Road, Souderton, PA 18964.

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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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American University - Washington, DC
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Boston College
Brown University
Cairn University
Carnegie Mellon University
Eastern University
Eastern Mennonite University - Serving, Leading, Transforming
Fashion Institute of New York
Franklin & Marshall College
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
University of Virginia