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

Dock Newsroom

El Farolero en Espanol
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Congratulations to students in Dr. Annabella SilverMoon's Spanish 3 and AP Spanish classes, who recently "published" their Spanish language version of Dock's Lamplighter magazine—El Farolero en Espanol—to the Dielman Hall display case. Be sure to stop by and have a look!

Felicitaciones a los estudiantes de las clases de Español 3 y AP de la Dra. Annabella SilverMoon, quienes recientemente "publicaron" su versión en español de la revista Lamplighter de Dock—El Farolero en Español—en la vitrina de Dielman Hall. ¡Asegúrate de pasar y echar un vistazo!

Read more about El Farolero en Espanol
A lesson in democracy?
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Dock 5th grade writers triumph! Even though it is late May, 5th graders and their teacher, Ms. Alice Wolfgang, are still excited about the writing process. Students recently researched chocolate milk, conducted surveys, and also interviewed their parents about strawberry milk and lemonade. They strategized and wrote letters to Chef Bill Lorah in the hopes of bringing back the strawberry milk that they remember from their early school years, and/or possibly even lemonade. Chef Bill graciously read the letters, and the hall was filled with excitement when word got out that lemonade was in the cafeteria for the end of the school year! Students “ran” all the way back from the cafeteria to report this excellent news to Ms. Wolfgang! Congratulations, students, for finding yet another way to make learning fun! #persuasivewritingrocks 

Read more about A lesson in democracy?
Pastor in training?
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Dock 8th grade student Trace Scavetti led a Middle School Chapel recently, encouraging his fellow students to have faith in God and not to "sit on the fence" (Matthew 12:30) with their faith. Trace is obviously not sitting on the fence—he did an amazing job using his God-given gifts to tell others about Jesus and to encourage them to use their unique God-given gifts. Trace hopes to become a pastor someday! #TheFutureLooksBright

 

 

Read more about Pastor in training?
Middle School musicians receive awards
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Dock 8th grade students (l to r) Madison Afanador, Amy Muhlfeld, Gretchen German, and Matthew Mast pose with their musical achievement awards that they received at this week’s Middle School Spring Concert. These students showed exceptional leadership, skill, and musicianship, and have shown tremendous growth throughout their time in the music program at Dock. Congratulations to these young musicians!

Read more about Middle School musicians receive awards
Wisdom from a Pen Pal
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

A single conversation with a wise man is better than 10 years of study.” – Chinese Proverb

Seniors in Mr. Zach Bower’s  Family Living class had the special privilege of hosting Frieda Bailey and Ann Sheasley, both residents at Dock Woods who also participated in the Family Living Pen Pal Project.  Frieda and Ann acted as wise elders as they graciously shared about their life experiences and offered a treasure trove of advice and wisdom for these students who are preparing to graduate in less than a month.  

See videos of Frieda and Ann sharing

Read more about Wisdom from a Pen Pal
Attention parents of seniors
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Your student's senior year at Dock Mennonite Academy is quickly coming to a close! For your planning purposes, please see the senior activities listed below.  

Senior Recital – If your son or daughter, or their friends, are involved in the Arts at Dock, plan on supporting them Tuesday, May 31, beginning at 7 PM.

Senior Presentations – Graduation week begins with your son's or daughter's senior presentation.  These 15-20 minute speeches will be held June 6-8, from 3 PM – 9 PM, and are open to the public. Click here to view the schedule. 

Baccalaureate Refreshments (Please note the change in time) – Beginning at 6:30 PM on Friday, June 10, we will have light refreshments served on the Detweiler lawn. All family members and seniors are welcome between 6:30 - 7:15 PM. 

Baccalaureate – Beginning at 7:30 PM on Friday, June 10, this one-hour, faith-centered service is planned by the Senior class officers and is a highlight for many and part of the Dock difference. The Baccalaureate service will be held on the turf field, but moved inside the Clemens Center in the event of inclement weather. Baccalaureate is open to the public, 

Commencement – Come celebrate your child's graduation from Dock on Saturday, June 11, at 6:00 PM sharp! Commencement will be held outside on the turf field. This event will be moved inside the Clemens Center in the event of inclement weather. Each graduate will be given 6 tickets (in addition to the graduate) to sit directly on the turf field. The bleachers will be open for additional seating. Please note: "Spikey" heels are not permitted on the turf field, but wedges are safe to wear  Please help us spread the word to your family members.  

Read more about Attention parents of seniors
(Don't) break an egg! Students learn physics with egg drop experiment
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Students learn by doing, and Mrs. Jane Mast's Physics students learned about several principles of physics by doing an Egg Drop experiment in class recently. The Egg Drop is a classic Physics experiment in which students are given an egg to drop from a high point onto a hard surface. They must design a carrier or landing device for the egg to protect it from breaking upon impact. The students form hypotheses about which of the egg carriers/devices will effectively protect the egg and then test those hypotheses—in the process, learning about physics concepts such as inertia, force, velocity, motion and momentum.

Inertia

Newton's Laws of Motion are the basic principles illustrated in the egg drop experiment. Sir Isaac Newton published his Laws of Motion in 1687 and fundamentally altered scientists' understanding of the world by describing the relationship between force and motion. The first of these laws is referred to as The Law of Inertia, which states that an object that is in motion will stay in motion unless an external force acts upon it, and an object at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it.

Velocity

In Newton's Second Law, he discusses the direct relationship between the external forces acting upon an object and the object's change in momentum. The force increases as the time required for the change decreases. If a train is moving along at a steady pace and needs to decelerate, the force experienced by the passengers will be greater as the time for deceleration is shorter.

The Egg

The objective of the egg drop experiment is to keep the egg from breaking as it decelerates. It becomes clear from Newton's Laws that in order to minimize the force experienced by the egg at impact, students designing the egg carriers must increase the time over which the egg is brought to rest or decrease the egg's velocity at the time of the crash.

The Carrier/Landing Device

In order to decrease the egg's velocity upon impact, students must design their egg carriers to have increased air resistance. An increased surface area on the carrier, such as a flying disc shape or a parachute, will cause the egg to hit the ground at a lower speed. To increase the time over which the egg comes to rest, students must provide their egg with something to absorb some of the force of impact. A sponge or other cushion in their carrier will keep the egg from stopping instantly when it hits the ground; the egg will continue its motion for a few nanoseconds, decreasing the force. From this experiment, students also learn to form and test hypotheses and write up their observations in an organized way.

Watch the Egg Drop results

Read more about (Don't) break an egg! Students learn physics with egg drop experiment
A return visit to the ClassHroom
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Our very own Dock high school science teacher, Mrs. Kellena Smith and her family competed on a recent episode of The ClassHroom: Family Edition! Their episode aired on Fox29 Wednesday, May 4, but you can catch the re-broadcast on Thursday, May 5, at 1 p.m., and again on Sunday, May 8, at 7 a.m. We can't thank the Smith family enough for jumping in and representing our Dock community. They represented us well!

Below: The Smith family—(l to r) Kellena, Eric and sophomore Anna—on the set of Fox29's ClassHroom and (above) with the show's host, Richard Curtis.

Read more about A return visit to the ClassHroom

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.

View more stories

Rachel Derstine '03

Henry Rosenberger '63

Angela Leidig '92

American University - Washington, DC
Berkeley - University of Califnoria
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