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Annual Fund Fall 2019

Innovation in Education

November 19, 2019


A growing body of research suggests students are better prepared for college, and for life, when they are invested in hands-on, experiential learning.

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, students in grades 6-8 are experiencing a leading edge model for their middle school experience. Traditional classroom teaching has given way to a curriculum revolving around student curiosity and passions, while teaching necessary life skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and problem posing/solving. Project-Based Learning helps develop the whole child—intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually—by integrating faith into every aspect of learning. Students shared their passion for learning and projects during a recent Middle School Expo Night.

This new curriculum model is also making an impact at the high school campus. Recently, students in grades 9-11 had the privilege of electing one of 18 exciting Mini-Term experiences, including a missions trip to Jamaica, wilderness expeditions, photography, genealogy, sustainable agriculture, Philadelphia museums, textiles, drones, medicine, and video production. Interest and enthusiasm was at an all-time high!

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 physical therapy, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, art, business and accounting, pharmaceuticals and education. Other students served at Christian camps, retirement communities, prison ministries, and Care & Share.

Thank you for the vital support you have provided for Dock over the years as a generous supporter. You have helped enable this kind of innovative education at both campuses. Please consider giving a gift for the Annual Fund to continue providing an education that offers opportunities for students to grow in faith, knowledge, and passion for learning and service. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped students discover lives of purpose.


Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber


Robert Rutt

Director of Advancement