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

Don't miss Dock's Family Fun Night!
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News
Many of us have connections with family and friends in Puerto Rico, including our sister school, Academia Menonita Betania. It is too easy to forget about disasters when the initial deluge of media attention ends, and the camera turns away to cover the next issue. We warmly invite you to an event designed to help bring hope to our friends in Puerto Rico while building community here on our campus.

Please plan to join us on Tuesday, March 20, for an evening raising awareness and money to assist those
affected on this hurricane-ravaged island. The evening promises to be great fun for young and old. Bring your extended family, friends, and anyone else interested in helping our neighboring brothers and sisters.
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Dock Mennonite Academy EC-Grade 8 Campus
  • 420 Godshall Road, Souderton, PA 18964

What can you expect on March 20:

1. Games:

  • Duct tape your principal (or teacher) to the wall!
  • Play dodgeball and knockout
  • Karaoke

2. Awareness:

  • Learn how to salsa dance
  • Sample Puerto Rican food and learn about Puerto Rican culture
  • Learn about MDS and how they are working to restore hope to the island of Puerto Rico
  • Learn more about our sister school, Academia Menonita Betania, and support their rebuilding efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

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2018 Touring Choir season begins
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  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News
Dock Mennonite Academy's Touring Choir begins its 2018 season on Sunday, March 18 with a concert at Salford Mennonite Church, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The church is located at 480 Groffs Mill Rd., Harleysville, PA . 19438.

For more than five decades, Dock's Touring Choir has been igniting students' passion for music, and providing opportunities for members to strengthen relationships with peers and deepen their faith in Christ. The blend of voices in this auditioned group of juniors and seniors expresses love for our Creator. Ms. Emily Grimes gives leadership not only to the choir, but to our entire high school music program.

The entire Touring Choir itinerary can be found on the choir's web page, along with other elements of this year's program. The choir's 2018 theme is, "The Road Home." The oil painting that provides the cover for this year's program was created by Daniel Kabakjian, Class of 2018.

View the Touring Choir web page

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Social media: Three crucial questions
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

If you are looking for a way to have a meaningful conversation with your child about social media, then please watch today's chapel, featuring Jon Carlson, pastor of Forest Hills Mennonite Church in Leola, PA.

Jon led our Grades 9-12 students in a concise examination of current social media practice, asking students to answer three key questions:

1. Who's the boss? Are you in charge of your social media—or is it mastering you?

2. What do you see? If social media is a tool that can be used for good or for harm, how are YOU using it? When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

3. What's next? Your generation will make policy and determine what's acceptable and what's harmful when it comes to social media and other forms of technology. The formative patterns in students' lives right now will have tremendous implications, and consequences, down the road.

Jon's presentation was relevant and provocative, and would be an excellent jumping off point for more in-depth discussions with your teenager about their use of social media.

Watch the Parks & Recreation clip that Jon used to begin his presentation

Watch Jon's chapel presentation

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Inclement weather information
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy WILL NOT use radio or TV to post inclement weather announcements.

Dock Mennonite Academy WILL use the following to communicate with parents and guardians:

1. Text message alerts- DOCKINFO (NOTE: if you already signed up for the text message alerts, you do not have to sign up again)

a.Open the texting program on your cell phone

b.In the "To" field enter 40404

c.In the message line type: Follow DOCKINFO

d.Send the message

e.Up to three texts will be received in response from Twitter. DO NOT respond to these text prompts.

f.Text ON to 40404

g.You will receive a text "Notifications are on"

h.Please note, you DO NOT need to set up a Twitter account to receive these texts.

2. Schoology

3. Website - www.dock.org

4. Facebook - Dock Mennonite Academy EC to 8 and Dock Mennonite Academy 9-12

5. Phone System - EC-8th Grade (215-723-1196) and 9th -12th Grade (215-362-2675)

Questions? See more details here

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Everything Seussical!
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

The weather may have been frightful, but the show eventually did go on, and we had a wonderful weekend celebrating the gifts and talents of our students in our Middle School musical, Seussical! Now you can relive all the fun of the musical on our Seussical web page, where you will find links to the program and cast list, photos, and a video of the performance.

Thank you to the cast, crew, and directors, as well as to everyone who attended our three performances. It was a memorable weekend!

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From the Guidance Office: March 2018
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

College preparation begins with your high school schedule

The first step on the road to college begins with the courses students take in high school. The first thing colleges look at is the high school transcript. It is an important document in the admissions and scholarship process. Schools look for four years of solid course work in a basic curriculum. Although standardized tests are important in the application process, the high school transcript measures a student's ability and motivation over four years. Your student's registration for next year's classes has already begun. Please review their schedule with them when they receive them back in the spring and contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.

What do admissions officers look for in a transcript?

Generally, admissions counselors are looking to evaluate:

Grades: Are they on an upward trend?

High School: What are its academic qualities?

G.P.A.: Cumulative Grade Point Average and Current Grade Point Average

Test Scores: SAT, ACT, SAT Subject test. How does the student compare to other students from different schools?

Senior Year: Is the student taking challenging academic curriculum and being successful?

SAT information

We encourage college-bound students to take their SATs the spring of their junior year. Students register by mail or online at www.collegeboard.com and take the test in the public high school nearest them. We encourage even those students who do not intend to go to college to take the SATs, since test results are honored by schools for many years.

Testing Date Registration Deadline

May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018

June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018

Students with Learning Disabilities that would like to request SAT or ACT accommodations, please see Mr. Kabakjian or Mrs. Leaman to review the process.

Junior year: College visits and planning

Students should have several colleges selected from information they have researched. Now it is time to prepare for campus visits. Selecting a college takes research. It begins with the college guidebooks, college publications, computer resources, people resources, college fairs and open houses, and the campus visit. It is important to keep files on each for future reference. Below are Internet resources for you to explore and refer to:

College Board: www.collegeboard.com

Campus tours: www.campustours.com

College-bound athletes: www.eligibilitycenter.org

Federal Student Aid: www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Scholarships: www.fastweb.com/

College Fit Kit: www.cappex.com

Scholarship list

The Guidance Office has a list of scholarships available for seniors. Students are welcome to stop by and pick up a copy (or see the attached list).

Upcoming Local College Fairs

Upper Dublin High School

Tuesday - March 13, 2018

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

1580 Fort Washington Avenue

Maple Glen, PA 19002

Phone: 215.643.8900

Council Rock High School South School

March 15, 2018

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

2002 Rock Way

Holland, PA 18966

Souderton Area High School

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

625 Lower Road

Souderton, PA 18964

Phone: 215.723.2808 x 20115

Spring Ford High School

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

350 S. Lewis Road

Royersford, PA 19468


Work Study Program

If your rising senior has interest in career study or work study for the 2018-19 school year, please have him/her see Mrs. Leaman to discuss the process and fill out the application. This course selection comes with school requirements as well as employer expectations. The application needs to be on file before the end of May, and regular time cards and employer evaluations will be expected throughout the semester. If you have questions pertaining to this class, please call the guidance office.

Mennonite College 2018 Spring Open Houses

Bethel College www.bethelks.edu

April 13, 2018

Bluffton College www.bluffton.edu

March 16, 2018

March 25-26, 2018

Eastern Mennonite University www.emu.edu

March 17, 2018

April 7, 2018

Goshen College www.goshen.edu

March 9, 2018

Hesston College www.hesston.edu

April 7, 2018

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Students compete in STEM tournament
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

On Friday, February 23, Dock math teacher Mr. Dana Gehman took five students to the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit to compete in a regional STEM competition. The students were given the task to research, present, and design a device/project that can make the quality of life better for citizens of Pennsylvania. Our team made created a crystal cell battery. This battery is made up of common household materials and has been tested to last up to 10 years. Our team of students was comprised of Dan Nixon (12), Dalton Moore (10), Thomas Schrieber (10), Laura Frederick (9), and Serena Tan (9).

Mr. Gehman reports that the day began with a welcome and introductions followed by each school presenting their project to a panel of three judges. We were the first team to present. The students did a good job explaining our project and answering the questions of the judges. The second phase of the morning was a workshop for the students to play with a programmable robot called Sphero. Our school was split into two teams. Each team had to create an obstacle course for the other team to navigate their robot through.

The last session of the morning was called Project in a Box. Each school was given a box of materials and given the task to create a "vehicle" that would be self-propelled. The teams would be judged on how well they worked together, and which team's vehicle would travel the farthest. There was a 30-minute time limit for them to design a build their project. The students did a great job coming up with ideas and working together. A couple of times their idea didn't work and they were able to adapt and come up with a new plan. In the end our "vehicle" traveled the farthest out of all four schools.

After lunch students were given feedback about the battery they had created. The judges were impressed with our idea and were excited about where this could lead in terms of being more environmentally friendly. However, there were a few things listed in the rubric that we had missed in terms of our research and being able to connect to a local company to help with mentoring.

Overall the students were happy with how they did and they are excited to try it again next year.

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Dock junior on the ice tonight at WFC
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Did you know......that in his free time, Dock junior Louis Cocco is an ice hockey referee? And tonight at the Wells Fargo Center prior to the Flyers game vs the Carolina Hurricanes, Louis will be one of a select few hockey officials invited to meet, talk to, and dress with the NHL referees for the game. Louis will skate in the Flyers pregame warm-ups and then watch the game. He had to submit an essay for the final selection process. Congratulations, Louis...we'll be watching for you!

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Students tackle slavery, juvenile justice
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Grade 9 students in Mrs. Grega's English Skills class are completing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and continuing to be immersed in their independent novels of choice. Sophomores are reading The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass with research projects related to slavery and its impact on 20th and 21st century life. Chosen topics include analyzing content related to Lincoln and Harriet Tubman and their relationships with Douglass, Harriet Jacobs and her experiences as a slave in the 1800's South, The Underground Railroad and Emmitt Till's horrific death in the mid 1950's. Langston Hughes' poetic voice and his societal impact is an additional topic of interest.

The Kite Runner and its many themes from Afghanistan have captivated junior students for the past several weeks. An additional ongoing research opportunity this quarter is related to the juvenile justice system in the U.S. and its impact on individuals and society. This student driven topic will culminate in a final project to be presented in mid-March.

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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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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