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.

Early Childhood - Grade 8

Grades 9 - 12

Dock Newsroom

Creativity flows as EC-8 celebrates Dot Day
  • Arts News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

International Dot Day is an event staged to encourage people of all ages to harness their creativity. The inspiration behind the event is the children’s book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It relates the tale of a teacher who challenges one of his female pupils to take courage in her abilities, and from a simple dot on a page the youngster goes on to make her mark. Dot Day has grown to be a worldwide celebration each year. Teachers encourage students to celebrate the day with writing, drawing, painting, or other creative outlets, and then share students' on the Dot Day website to inspire others. There was quite a bit of creativity flowing on the EC-Grade 8 campus as students of all ages got into the creative flow. Here are just a few examples:

• The Dot – students used Dot candies and toothpicks to create a structure
• Happy Dreamer – students made an origami fortune teller (kind of like the fortunes you find in a fortune cookie – based on being your best)
• Ish – students created a star and included a wish
• Sky Color – students created an elementary school mural, with each student contributing a part
• I’m Here – students decorated paper showing places they'd like to go, and then they turned it into a paper airplane.

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Frog jumping: The intersection of math and...literature?
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

If you know your Mark Twain, as Dock 6th graders do, you know that Calaveras County, California, is the setting for Twain's story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" Now, thanks to the innovative College Preparatory Mathematics curriculum, Twain's story is serving as a backdrop for Dock middle school students to learn mathematics.

"The CPM curriculum features math problems that try to connect to other areas of study," says middle school math teacher Mrs. Claire Wanamaker. Students recently tackled a math problem that incorporated the story of frog jumping in Calaveras County. "Instead of just using the data in the textbook, students had an opportunity to create their own set of data," adds Mrs. Wanamaker. 

Students began by learning the history of frog jumping in Calaveras County by watching a video and reading a short children's book. Then the big day arrived, when students brought in their own frogs and become "frog jockeys." Naturally, the frogs all had names, including Toadee, Frog, Drako, Travis, Larry and Big Joe. Each frog got to jump three times before a measurement was taken. Students learned that frogs don't always jump in a straight line, which could affect their frog's jumping distance. "Our record jump was 110 centimeters—or a little under four feet," reports Mrs. Wanamaker. The world record is over 17 feet. 

"The CPM book provides the students with data on frog jumping distances to teach them how to make histograms," she adds. "It was fun to connect math problems to their other core classes, especially English, since many students have read some of Twain's works."

In case you were wondering, Calaveras County hosts an annual fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, featuring a frog-jumping contest, to celebrate the association with Twain. Each year's winner is commemorated with a brass plaque mounted on a downtown sidewalk known as the Frog Hop of Fame. Now you know!

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Dock honors Kindergarten aide
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Mrs. Cathy Derstine was honored September 4 on the EC-Grade 8 Campus for her 20 years of service to the Dock community as a kindergarten classroom aide. She has also served as recess aide and playground supervisor. 

"Cathy has a genuine love and passion for every student," said Mrs. Jillian Immel, a Kindergarten teacher who has worked with Cathy for nearly a decade. "She is always there to help them with anything they might need, from walks to Mrs. Shelly's office, adjusting the volume at the listening center, to helping them open their yogurt tubes and carrot packets at lunch. Cathy is so full of energy! You might think that after a full morning of keeping busy with kindergartners that she is ready to take a break. Never! She can be found visiting at the Souderton Home, painting, mowing her lawn or Facetiming with her sweet grandchildren.

"As loving and energized as Cathy is, the easiest attribute for me to talk about is her strong Christian faith.  She lives this out every day in the way she interacts with students and colleagues. Her love for Jesus is shown in how she relies on him for everything and prays continuously. I always know when I have a prayer concern that Cathy is praying and remembering." 

Cathy was presented with a custom fraktur, designed and created by Dock alum Emily Smucker Beidler ('83). Congratulations, Cathy—and thank you for investing so much of yourself in our students!

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Grades 9-12 Back to School Night
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Back to School Night

Walk in the Steps of your Student

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

6:30 pm – Gathering time and snacks in cafeteria

6:45 pm – Program

7:00 pm – Open House—walk your student's schedule

Please join us for an evening of fellowship with teachers, other Dock parents, and students. You will learn about your teenager's school day by following their schedule. Feel free to bring your student's schedule with you. A copy will also be available that night. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Admissions Open House October 6
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Our first Admissions Open House of the 2018-19 school year will be held on the Grades 9-12 Campus on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. Prospective high school students and their families can tour Dock's beautiful campus, meet our faculty and coaches, and learn about academics, athletics, art, music, and other opportunities that help students create an extraordinary Dock experience.

No RSVP is necessary, though you are welcome to contact Director of Admissions Doug Hackman or submit an inquiry for more information.


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Swartz painting accepted for exhibit
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

A watercolor by Grades 9-12 art teacher Tim Swartz ('74) has been accepted into the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 118th International Exhibition, which will be held at the Wayne Art Center from October 14 - November 20. Mr. Swartz's painting is entitled Blankheart, referencing the empty tattoo on the subject's arm.

"I was up at Jake's Flea Market in Bally last summer looking for folks just like him," says Mr. Swartz. "I took a few photos and used them for the painting. I've gone back to show him but haven't come across him again." Mr. Swartz says his subject was well aware of his image. "When I asked to take his photo, he said, 'It's the look, isn't it?' I almost named the painting 'It's the look,' but decided Blankheart was better."

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CHIP offers low/no cost health insurance
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers uninsured children up to age 19. With more than 111,000 uninsured children in Pennsylvania, this is great news for families! CHIP provides quality, comprehensive health insurance for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental, eye care, eyeglasses, mental health, and much more. CHIP covers uninsured kids who are not eligible for Medical Assistance. For most families, CHIP is free; for others, it is low cost.

A flyer and other resources can be found on the CHIP website at www.CHIPcoversPAkids.com, under CHIP Resources.

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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), 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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Rachel Derstine '03

Henry Rosenberger '63

Angela Leidig '92

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Fashion Institute of New York
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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
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Purdue University
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Savannah School of Art and Design
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