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Unexpected challenges

December 7, 2020


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart

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


Amid a pandemic, preparations for a safe and stimulating school year were intense. The Dock leadership team, Board of Trustees, teachers, and staff did an outstanding job. Preparations included surveys of parents and teachers, modifications of schedules and classrooms, adoption of new technologies, consultations with state and local experts, implementation of new cleaning protocols, and training of teachers and staff. 

On August 20, we were delighted to receive 631 students on the first day of school with 120 new students to Dock. Approximately 8% of the students on the EC8 campus elected to learn remotely and 22% of students on the high school campus also elected to learn remotely. The majority of remote learners are international students from China and South Korea. 

At the completion of the first marking period, we are grateful:

  • For each day we can have students on campus
  • For social interactions of teachers and students on campus and remotely
  • For amazing teachers who are navigating a challenging year
  • For each student who is a part of our school family this year
  • For patient, flexible parents who are encouraging and supporting their students
  • For our faith in a God who drives out fear and allows us to embrace this year with hope!

Thank you for your long-term sustained support of Dock—your investment has paid off! Your faithful and constant encouragement and support have made this unexpected pandemic a hurdle that we can overcome with your assistance. We are disappointed that we cannot gather for our Pillar and Partner Appreciation Dinner this fall but look forward to a future time when we can be together again. 

The pandemic has placed incredible strain on families and some Dock families are facing financial uncertainty due to the economy. We do not want current or prospective students to miss out on the opportunity to have Dock teachers serve as spiritual, academic, and leadership mentors in their lives.  So, we want to provide you with the opportunity to extend love and support to ensure that students can continue at Dock without interruption. Your contribution will make a difference in the lives of qualifying students through scholarships and financial aid.


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."