Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Welcome to all of our Dock Street School students. Welcome to our wonderful parents, families, and community members as well. We have a wonderful opportunity ahead of us as we embark upon the 2017-2018 school year.

Your child is in middle school and your role as a parent has changed but remains essential to your child’s upward mobility and success. We need your continued support, supervision and involvement while your child is changing physically, mentally and emotionally. It is critical that we have your support, to help facilitate your child’s adjustment from elementary school to middle school. To ensure your child’s academic achievement you must remain involved.

We believe you have made a great choice by sending your child to The Dock Street School for S.T.E.A.M Studies. We pride ourselves on fostering parental involvement and making sure your child receives the best education we can offer. Therefore it is very important that a genuine relationship is established between parents and the school. The Dock Street School provides a rigorous college preparatory education with a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM).

Our goal is to foster curiosity, independence and problem solving in young people so that they are able to adapt to an ever changing and complex world. Students will engage in an authentic STEAM curriculum and work closely with cultural partners in order to develop a deep appreciation for ideas and habits of experts. Through their enriched academic experiences, students will build upon their existing critical thinking skills and become decision makers who are able to act responsibly and compassionately toward their communities.

Our vision is to create a school culture where all students are immersed in a challenging, inquiry-based, college preparatory STEAM curriculum. This culture will prepare students to be reflective life-long learners who go in search of fulfilling their potential while caring for the world around them. We want our students to commit to a strong work ethic that embraces challenge and excellence. Lighting the torch of motivation, appreciation, endurance, triumph and success alongside the support of our partnerships with families, cultural institutions and experts in the STEAM fields, The Dock Street School will provide an enriched academic experience that will foster curiosity, independence and problem solving for our leaders of tomorrow.


Dr. Melissa Vaughan, Principal