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Experiential learning

November 17, 2021


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding…”  Proverbs 3:5


To our Dock community, 

Research has shown that students are better prepared for college, and for life, when they are invested in hands-on, experiential learning. We are grateful that in-person and first-hand learning is alive and well at Dock!

Several years ago, middle school teachers and administrators developed a new leading-edge model for Dock students based upon Project-Based Learning. Traditional classroom teaching has given way to curriculum revolving around student curiosity and passions, while teaching necessary life skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving. Faith is integrated into every aspect of learning. 

The new curriculum model continues to shape the experience of high school students through mini-term involvement. During the last week in October, students in grades 9-11 participated in one of 12 exciting mini-term encounters including wilderness expedition, Philadelphia flavors, woodworking, missions trip, Spruce Lake, Philadelphia museums, construction, and self-care. 

During the same week of mini-term, Dock seniors arranged job shadowing and service opportunities under the direction of teachers and parents. Students explored vocations in dietetics, veterinary medicine, engineering, physical therapy, counseling, youth ministry, construction, business, real estate, medicine, and education. Some seniors completed college visits delayed by the pandemic while others served at Christian camps, Care and Share, Material Resources Center, Philabundance, and retirement communities. 

Thank you for the vital support you provide to Dock as a generous donor, which helps inspire creativity and innovation in our students and faculty. Please consider giving a gift so that we can continue to provide an education that offers opportunities for students to grow in faith, knowledge, and passion for learning and service. Your contribution will make a difference in the lives of students!


Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber


Robert Rutt

Director of Advancement


Dock students say 'Thank you'

Because of your faithfulness...

"...we are able to enjoy a beautiful campus. Thank you for helping to give us a place where we can learn, interact with God and each other, make music, act, compete, experiment, play on a team, make art, and much more."


"Thank you for supporting Dock, and everything that this school is about. I have always loved theater, and because of your contributions, I was able to come to Dock, where there are more theater opportunities. Thank you for making it possible for me to be here, and enjoy The Sound of Music! I enjoyed performing in the show, and I hope you will like seeing it!"

Because of your faithfulness...

"My passions and dreams are encouraged and supported.

Thank you for your kind generosity."

Thank you for your generosity in supporting this community. Dock gave me an opportunity to get in touch with Christianity and with God. I appreciate the teachings of Jesus. Thank you!

"I am thankful to be able to attend Dock.  The teachers teach well, and the campus is beautiful all year round. There is much kindness here, and many caring people."