School Profile & School Improvement Plan

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    The School Improvement Plan (SIP) is a set of goals, objectives and action steps, that drives our educational activities relating to school improvement and education accountability. Parents, teachers, and administrators all have a role in developing these goals. Each plan shall address issues relative to budget, training, instructional materials, technology, staffing, student support services, specific school safety and discipline strategies, and other matters of resource allocation, as determined by district school board policy, and shall be based on an analysis of student achievement and other school performance data.    School Improvement Plan (SIP)

    School Profile

    Dillard High School is located in Broward County Florida, in the city of Fort Lauderdale.

    One of thirty three high schools in the Broward County Public School District, Dillard’s campus also hosts an Emerging Computuer Technology program and the district’s only high school Performing Arts Magnet Program. The expansive, open campus mimics a small college. The area is urban, residential, and includes varied socioeconomic levels.

    Dillard High School is on a traditional semester schedule. There are four (4) ninety (90) minute periods each day, which meet every other day (4x4 A/B Block) for 36 weeks.

    To assist with the transition process, all sixth through eighth grade students are expected to wear navy blue, gray, or white polo (collared) shirts and khaki, navy or black bottoms with black or brown belts at the waist. Girls may also wear khaki, navy, or black jumpers.

    Letter grades are assigned: A, B, C, D, are passing, F- Fail, I–Incomplete The transcript lists the GPA both weighted (5.0 scale) and unweighted (4.0 scale). Honors courses taken in the 9th – 12th grades are weighted. Advanced Placement courses are weighted in 9th –12th grades. The total GPA 9-12 includes all courses, academic and non-academic.


    To access the Pinnacle Internet Viewer (PIV), go to 

    • Username: Student
    • Password: PMM/DD/YEAR (Your date of birth typed exactly as shown with a capital P in front) 

    Free or Reduced Applications must be submitted every year. To apply complete a meal application online at If you are unable to complete an application online, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 754- 322-0250. 

    Trained mental health and security personnel will be on campus to support students and faculty, as needed. Many mental health services are available at our school, in the district, and the community. Please visit to locate resources and contact information for additional assistance. 

    Dillard High School offers three magnet programs, Emerging Computer Technology, Digital Entrepreneurship, and the Visual & Performing Arts.

    Visual & Performing Arts
    Dillard Center for the Arts (DCA) provides training in dance, music, theater, and visual arts, as well as an academic schedule. Students must demonstrate ability and interest in one of the four artistic areas and exhibit academic potential. Such programs within the music department were keyboard, voice, band, orchestra and commercial music. The chorus, chorale, gospel choir, jazz band and rock band performs in Broward county and the Fort Lauderdale community and their students perform at the local, state, and national levels. Graduates of the magnet program go on to attend some of the top colleges and conservatory programs in the United States, including the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University

    Learn More about our VPA Magnet Program

    Emerging Computer Technology
    The Emerging computer technology offers courses in digital media, computer programming, robotics, and electronic technology hardware/network support

    Learn More About the ECT Magnet Program


    English – 4 Math 4
    Science – 3 Social Studies 3
    Fine Arts – 1 Physical Education – 1 (To include the integration of Health)
    Foreign Language – (Req for state university system admission)  1 Online Computer Credit
    Electives 8.5  
    Credits Needed For Graduation – 24  

    In addition, Dillard High School offers many advanced placement and honors courses.

    Advanced Placement Courses  
    World History  
    English, Language Comp  
    US History  
    Physics B  
    Calculus AB  
    Calculus BC  
    US Government/Political Science  
    Art 2D, Art 3D, AP Art Design Portfolio  
    Music Theory  

    There will be many clubs and after school activities for all students in grades 6 through 12. More information will be available at Panther Preview and throughout the year. The staff encourages all students to get involved in extracurricular activities. 

    Dillard High School has a long tradition of athletic excellence that includes numerous District and State championships. The Panthers are proud of the many athletes selected for All-District and All-State teams. Team sports at Dillard include: Baseball (B), Basketball (B, G), Cross Country (B, G), Football (B), Soccer (B, G), Softball (G), Swimming (B, G), Tennis (B, G), Track & Field (B, G), Volleyball (G), and Wrestling (B).

    Awards & Accolades

    The Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble as of 2018 made its ninth appearance in the Essentially Ellington competition of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The band, under the direction of director Christopher Dorsey, has won the Big Band Jazz competition three times, placing among the top four bands in all other years entered. Dillard was recognized by US News & World Report as a national “Best School’s Bronze Award” recipient.


    Famed saxophonist Julian Cannonball Adderley became the high school band director at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale in 1948, and worked there until 1950.

    Notable Alumni

    Performing Artists
    Former Faculty