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Dillard High School

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Posted April 13, 2014

I am currently a 12th grade student at Dillard High School for the 2013-2014 school year In I am not very happy with this school I have been going to this school for about 3 years In I have had nothing but on going problems their are some teachers that care but the administration in the office does not do their job in they could care less what u got to say they need better people working at the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2014

teaching is atrocious, we get graded over how we dress more often than how we do academically
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2013

One word sums up this school - potential. The possibilities exist for this school to set the bar very high. This means that a student can learn and prepare themselves for college if (and only if) they want to do so. A student at DHS will not be forced to learn, but the opportunity is certainly there. The teachers that I know really care and want the students to be successful. Some students are there to play and socialize and couldn't care less about their education. But again, there is great POTENTIAL for any student to get a great education if that is why they are there. It all goes back to what the student has learned from their home environment - either they will care or they will not. It is a safe environment. As a teacher, I do wish we had more resources for the students - and I cannot understand why the Administration cannot do this (textbooks, computer labs, etc.). Some say that the money is funneled into the Performing Arts Magnet and into sports (leaving out academics). But again the POTENTIAL is so high for DHS to be a model high school to INCLUDE academics.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 1, 2013

Dillard High School is located in the inner city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is one of two surviving Historically Black High Schools in Broward County with a rich history of serving the community. Dillard is a focal point for many community and county activities. The school has a beautiful campus that is open and welcoming. The academic programs offered there are comparable to the best in the county. There is a Performing Arts and a Computer Technology magnet on campus. For school year 2013-2014 a new Entrepreneur magnet will be added as the school expands from grades 9-12 to become one of only two 6-12 schools in Broward County.


Posted June 26, 2013

Go Panthersssss!!!! Dillard High will always be number one along with all the great memories when I attended


Posted May 15, 2013

As a former student and employee the school is GREAT! Students that come to learn will learn. For students that can be distracted and side tracked it's not a great environment. It's truely an inner city school, without the big city. MUSIC- #1 brass band in THE NATION 2 of the last 4 years. ATHLETICS- School with the most nfl players in the NATION.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 23, 2013

As a former student, although forever a Panther, I'd have to fairly give Dillard High School a rating of 3 out of 5 stars. I was a member of BOTH the Emerging Technology and Performing Arts Magnet Programs and enjoyed aspects of each. Honors level classes and AP level magnet classes were semi-challenging, and the interactions within each program really make the two programs worthwhile. However, students are what make a school what it is and unfortunately, they didn't do a great job at making it great for the right reasons. Fights did frequently take place, drugs were definitely present, and just an overall uncouth and untamed nature was unnecessarily prevalent across campus. Security was definitely never an issue, but when your school makes the news - it's a problem. Teachers could be more motivated, of course, but so could students. Choose wisely about putting your child here if you're doubting whether they can handle it. The school is in a bad area and requires a bit of toughness, in the social aspect. Academically, it's what the student makes of it. I managed to spend four years and gain invaluable skills from my attendance. Class of 2007! GO PANTHERS!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2011

Although Dillard is over 100 years old, the present campus was built about 10 years ago. Visitors often say it reminds them of a junior college campus. Dillard has changed with the times. Today, it has the district's only arts magnet as well as an emergent technology magnet and an academy of finance (NAF). The school works as a traditional public school, serving community needs for academics, sports, continuing education, and career education (vocational). The school's statistics on crime and violence give it an above average standing with regard to safety. The state grade is currently "B" (2010) because Dillard did not eliminate AP courses like many other schools. Like other schools, our top students enter top universities. The graduation rate is over 90 percent. Students that are focused do well here because Dillard has resources that are not just physical. Yes, we have a lovely facility. But the staff is loving and the level of knowledge is awesome.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 24, 2009

My daughter is a student at Dillard, in the performing art magnet program; She started 10th grade today! She enjoyed her freshman year last year. She took AP and honors courses and did fairly well; with the exception of her AP English class. Her teacher was one of those, as previous reviewers mentioned, did care one way or the other, if she passed or failed. I am happy to say that she did Pass English (language arts) but with little help from this teacher. On the other hand, she took a robotics class that she totally enjoyed and much of that is due to the kindness, dedication and respect she received from Mr. Meyers. All of the extra activities, Football, basketball, Marching Band (yea!) are all outstanding. The dedication that the coaches, music teachers, dance teachers, etc., they have for the students and the school are outstanding! Go Panthers!! <3
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

This School has a great magnet performing arts program that everyone should be dying to get into. We work very hard as students and love what we do. As for the teachers most of them just give work and could care less what you do with the information in the textbook.To me its like if your family isn't from around the school or wasn't a graduate of the school you get treated differently by certain staff members. Don't get me wrong some teachers are great but some just don't have the passion for teaching as others. Honestly I feel that the worst teachers and staff members are the ones who graduated from the school. They are so lazy and mean. Truly I only stay here for the magnet program because its a great program and I can say that coming to dillard has made me happy for the most part:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2009

I think this school is great.It has alot of academics and school activities for students.They always keep the parents updated on everything unlike other schools i know of.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2008

I am a 2008 graduate of Dillard High school..member of the tech program.. i didnt like the program because i wasnt interested in what they offered but it was a really good program..they had numerous activities for students and creative programs to enter into..as far as the academic goes..it was fair..it wasnt the best because first of all its not a high quality school where we can afford the best books and best teachers so we work with what we have..and if students arent applying theirself then thats them..i recieved a 19 on my ACT which isnt bad..if i were to take it again im sure i wouldve recieved a 20..so dillard isnt all that bad..especially with the extracurricular activities like the cheerleading team..which is the best by the way..me being one for four years..so i wouldnt down this school because it does have positive aspects despite its negative comments..
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2008

I am a junior at Dillard High School. In my opinion the school isnt very good in the academic area but I think most of the teachers aren't to blame. They do the best they can do while at the same time doing what is instructed for them to do. The prinicipal is the one that should be looked at. But Dillard excels in sports. Their cheerleading team were the district champions, their football team were also district champions, and the boys basketball were the state champions in 2008. Dillard has a lot to offer with its performance arts program and high-tech program. Every school has its flaws but I would recommend Dillard to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2008

I'm a senior at Dillard High School, in the performing arts magnet program, and I love it. We have tons of supplies and opportunities that we couldnt have at any other school. Being in the magnet program, I'm kind of seperated from the general population, and I rarely ever see fights or drugs or anything like that. The school has really good security, and most of the teachers are really involved in helping you succeed. In academics, we have too big classes and too little textbooks, but the teachers do the best they can.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

My child was recruited to the PA magnet and was told there were high level academics despite the low State grade of the school. There have been a few good classes, but for the most part the academic level is very, very low and my child's academic needs have not been met at all. Things are not improving -- they are getting worse as the School grade also shows -- the school went from a C to a D to another D. Even the gifted classes are nothing but FCAT drill and kill at a low level. And just because a class is called one thing, something completely different is sometimes taught and students sometimes get credit for courses they didn't really have. I do not recommend this school and am sorry I put my child in it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

I am a sophmore here at Dillard also. It's true about the teachers. They never teach us anything. They write the assignments on the board, and say 'here, do this.' It's just too much going on, between the violence, fights, drugs, and the harrassment. I would never reccommend anyone to this school. I don't plan on being at Dillard too much longer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2008

I am a freshman at dillard high school. This school carries a really bad name, and although they dont fully live up to it, its somewhat a very true statement. Violence, fighting and drug abuse are enforced by most of the students. The school dosent make it any better. With barely any school spirt, or exciting things to do, this school would leave you in extreme bordem. I am a student in the tech building. They do not inform us of any of the activities that we can participate in. I do not enjoy this school at all. Also alot of the teachers are not good teachers, and since middle school i have barely learned any thing. Most of them dont even care t check the work and recieving an A dosent mean you know the material. I wouldnt recommend this school to anyone. Maybe the preforming arts magnet is better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2008

I'm not getting the same material in my classes that my friends are getting in the same classes at other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2007

This school has a very bad name out there, when my daughter was told she would be attending DHS she didn't want to attend this school, now that she is part of the Performing Arts Magnet program and has settled in with her teachers she is liking it, she even admitted to me that she had the wrong attitude at first because of what her friends were saying about the school. I believe if the student puts their mind to it they can achieve what ever their goals are, and yes the school still has a bad name out there but she is an A student and continues to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

I'm an honor graduate of DHS. I took advanced classes and challenged myself. I m sorry to say that this didn't adequately prepare me for college. In college, a professor mentioned that I did not know how to study. Though I defended the accusation, inside I knew she was correct. While a DHS student, I did not learn how to take notes, unless the teacher prefaced a statement with, You should write this down . I did not learn critical thinking skills as most of my courses were rote memory. I studied by having a good memory of what the teacher lectured on the days leading up to exams. I opened my textbooks and referred to my notes only when homework was due. Most times, my books stayed in my locker. I was not put in any situations to develop time management skills. Academically and socially, I was challenged for college.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
35%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

344 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
50%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 90% 23%
Hispanic 5% 29%
White 3% 42%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 91%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%53%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%1%
Other degree 5%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 12%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Merceda Stanley
Fax number
  • (754) 322-0930

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
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2501 NW 11th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: (754) 322-0800

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