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About Dillard Academy

Dillard is a designated Title I school that serves students in grades pre-K through five. Title I is a federally funded learning support program that provides additional funds. Title I funds are used to meet the needs of all students at our school.


Resource services include art, music, physical education, English as a Second Language, enrichment/AIG, media, exceptional child, and STEM lab.

J.W. Dillard Academy

810 Cure Drive, Madison, NC 27025

Phone: 336-548-2472

Fax: 336-548-6442


Office Hours: 7:15-4:00 

Student Hours: 7:45-2:45

Grades Served: K-5

Mascot: Spot the Dalmatian

Colors: Black, White and Blue

Administrative Staff

Principal - Dr. Star Norton

Secretary/Bookkeeper - Brooke Willard

Data Manager - Joyce Almstead

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Our Mission

Vision Statement

Dillard Academy will personalize education in an effort to grow each child academically, socially, emotionally, and  physically with the goal of becoming productive citizens in our community.

Mission Statement

Through the use of clear expectations, consistent PBIS implementation, rigorous instruction, personalized educational experiences, analyzing data, and collaboration, Dillard Academy will establish positive relationships that will foster a community of responsible learners. We will provide opportunities by attending to personalized growth academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.

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Get to Know Us

What is Unique?

Our mission at Dillard Academy School is to provide a safe, nurturing learning environment while encouraging respect for diversity, setting high standards and recognizing individual needs.


Our Title 1 program allows for expanded learning opportunities for all Dillard students. Title I components include instructional support, parent and community involvement, technology resources, student materials, and staff development.


All 2-5 classrooms at Dillard have 1:1 Chromebooks and all teachers have a laptop. Kindergarten and first grade classrooms are 1:1 with iPads and Chromebooks. We have a phone/intercom system with classroom access, and classrooms equipped with amplification systems.  Dillard provides a comprehensive school counseling program based on American School Counselor Association Standards. This program provides services to all students in the areas of academic development, social/personal skills and career awareness.


Our Dillard staff is excited to offer a variety of in school and after school clubs and activities. These include All County Chorus, Drums, Lego Club, Good News Club and Battle of the Books.

Dillard Elementary School, formerly Dillard Primary, is named in honor of John W. Dillard, a local educator and community leader. In the fall of 1977, Dillard opened its doors to 250 first grade students and a staff of 35. Kindergarten students were added four months later. This school was a consolidation of students from the kindergarten and first grade classes of Lassiter School in Madison and Elliott Duncan School in Mayodan. Second graders from the Madison area moved to Dillard Primary School in the fall of 1981. In 1991, second grade students from Mayodan enrolled. On January 30, 1992, Dillard's new addition was dedicated. This new wing houses the media center and four classrooms.  Fall of 2002 Dillard became a K-5 school. In July 2018, Dillard Elementary merged with New Vision Magnet School and was renamed John W. Dillard Academy. Dillard Academy operates on a hybrid schedule with extended breaks throughout the year.

Our Facilities

School Improvement Plan

Our School Improvement Plan is located on the Indistar website. This is a web-based tool that guides our school in charting our improvement and managing our continuous improvement process. Updates are made regularly in the plan. Check it out using the link and information below. 

Link to Indistar

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Password:  GuestS17183

We want your feedback! Please click HERE to complete a form to offer suggestions, comments, or ask questions about our School Improvement Plan! 

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