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

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Back to School Night! It was a fun and educational evening, as parents heard school updates from Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Doug Hackman, then followed the daily schedule of their students. Parents walked to each class in six minutes (same as students!), met teachers and learned about curriculum and current class projects.

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

 

 

 

 

Please join us for the 

Grades 9-12 Back-to-School Night

Walk in the Steps of your Student


Thursday, September 22, 2022
6:30 p.m. Gathering Time in the Auditorium
6:45 p.m. Program
7:00 p.m. Open House

 

You will meet teachers, fellowship with other Dock parents, and learn about your teenager's school day by following their daily schedule. A copy of your child's schedule will be available when you arrive.  This event is for parents only.

 

 

 

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Some big fun on Pioneer Day
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

It's hard to imagine what else we could have fit into our 2022 Pioneer Day. There were class meetings, book clubs, advisor group challenges, and both indoor and outdoor games. We learned about Mini-Term and Senior Experience, and squeezed in chapel and a Dock Talk with our Grades 9-12 Principal, Mr. Doug Hackman (ask your student about the three lessons they learned from "Dr. J"). The afternoon was non-stop fun, with water games, cornhole, spikeball, and more, all topped off with a trip to the pop-up ice cream bar operating out of the concession stand at the Dock Field House. We ended the day with a big energy pep rally in Longacre Gym. What a great day for students to have some fun and get to know each other, and their school, a bit better at the start of the school year!

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The Summer 2022 Lamplighter is here!
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

For your Labor Day weekend reading enjoyment, we present the Summer 2022 issue of Dock's Lamplighter magazine—with lots of photos and coverage of the Class of 2022's Commencement, Senior Presentations, Academic Awards, Spring Drama, Campus Happenings, Alumni News and a fascinating little feature about Dock students' visit to a unique educational "ecosystem" at Fluxspace in Norristown. Don't forget—the digital version of Lamplighter includes lots of bonus content, including links, photos, video, and more. Happy reading!

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Dock welcomes new faculty for 2022-23
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

We are pleased to introduce our new Dock Faculty for the 2022-2023 school year (l to r):

Dr. Matthew Ramage, Instrumental Music Teacher; Miss Rebecca Edenfield ('17) 2nd Grade teacher; Mrs. Samantha Brannon, EC-8 Music teacher; Mrs. Sarah (Hart) Garges ('13), EC-8 guidance counselor; Mrs. Jenna Rhodes ('13), 2nd Grade teacher; Mrs. Stacey Dubost, Early Childhood teacher; Mr. Matthew Speck, Early Childhood teacher; and Mr. Jason Hackman, Middle School Social Studies/Bible Teacher. We are glad to have you on the Dock team!

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Pray for our new school year!
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The apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church and said, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

For parents who wonder how they can help our school and faculty prepare for a new year, then, we have a suggestion: Pray.

So please pray for our students. Pray for our teachers, staff, and administrators. Pray for our community. Pray without ceasing. We are thankful for parents and friends of our school who come alongside us in prayer—especially at the start of a new school year!

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Live music on Homecoming Weekend features Dock alum
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There are a ton of reasons you should have our 2022 Homecoming Weekend on your calendar, but here's one of the best: Live music on the Detweiler House lawn featuring the Willow Run Band. This group has roots in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia but also has a distinctly local flavor with Jon ('13) and Megan ('14) Bishop. Their music dances between country, folk, and indie rock with a minimalist approach. Come hear them perform on Saturday, October 15 from 4-5 p.m. Check out our Homecoming 2022 page for lots of other reasons to join us on campus that weekend!

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Dock's 67th Annual Commencement
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy held its 67th Annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 11. Dr. Joseph Manickam, president of Hesston College, gave the commencement address, inviting students to get into "the right kind of trouble" in their lives—the trouble that inevitably comes as a result of a vital faith in Jesus Christ. A total of 81 graduates received their diplomas, including four in absentia. We invite you to watch the commencement ceremony and view photos, including students receiving their diplomas, on our Commencement 2022 web page.

Commencement 2022 web page

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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

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

"After seeing campus and realizing the opportunities I would have here, I quickly made the decision to transfer, despite the challenges I knew I would face. I had confidence that this was the right place for me and that good things would come out of it."

Caleb Rice ('22)

One of the things that sets Dock apart is that we aren’t simply striving to build community because it’s nicer to live in harmony than discord. We’re building community for a purpose: to support each other as we take the love of Christ into the world around us.Sharon Muhlfeld (center) with husband John and daughters Jasmine (5th grade, front) and Amy (9th grade)
From elementary through high school, Dock has provided unique opportunities with challenging classes, a variety of creative arts, as well as contributing their individual talents in service of others. Our family has truly appreciated Dock's ability to encourage our children's development by balancing faith formation, healthy social interactions, communication, goal-setting and academics. Dock Mennonite Academy has been a true blessing to our family.Robyn Neiderer, who along with husband Matthew are parents of Abbie (11th grade, pictured performing during Arts Day 2022), Danny (9th grade), Patrick (4th grade) and Gabrielle.
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 ever made was to send our girls to Dock. You provide kids with a holistic and individualized education and you help them recognize their abilities and limitless potential. Emma is a different person today than she was walking into that school. 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 that it’s OK for our girls to speak about their faith, to ask questions about what they  believe. They 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 sincerely 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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