Students enrolled 1684
School leader Deborah Wiltz
Transportation options Yes

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8501 Arleta Avenue
Sun Valley, CA 91352

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(818) 394-4300
(818) 768-1837
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3 stars
Based on 40 ratings

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July 27, 2014
I was a magnet student in byrd. Byrd was an OK school ,but not the best.What i didnt like about this school is that there were a lot of fights during lunch. I had a staff member at the school act very rude to my parents, I was really upset and disappointed. Hopefully that doesn't happen again.

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2014
I go to this school and honestly they at trouble maker that make it difficult for the other students to learn and teacher to teach luckily I am in the BHA BYRDS HUMANITIES ACADEMY so most students are well behave

- submitted by a community member
June 09, 2014
All I have to say is that this school is great and all, but it's the students that make it horrible. I was a student here (graduated in 2012). So many students in classes were so disrespectful to their teachers, and they were very judgemental of their peers who did not "fit in". These brats create their own society and judge the ones who they considered "geeks" or "losers". It's such a pity really. There's always fights there (and the students fight over the most STUPIDEST reasons! I remebered one brutal fight where two girls fought over a guy. Pathetic) and even today. I visit the school sometimes to see my cousin, and I still see all of this trash happening. The school should focus more on their students rather than their reputation.

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2014
The traffic at this school is ridiculous and very dangerous. I made a complaint to the principle telling her they need a cross guard and police presence but her attitude towards the situation was nonchalant.. If this woman does not care about the safety of her student then what else does she not care about, makes me question how she runs this school..

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
As a parent I have to say that I am very disappointed in this school. My son has a IEP but NOT at all due to any behavior issues, I was always concerned that because he scores low academically he would be placed in a classroom with kids with behavior issues...and that is exactly what happened...The kids in his classroom don't even respect the teacher...There is lots of name calling. I talked to the counselor which was very nice but the situation seemed to only get worse because they think my son is "telling". He says other kids get bullied too, backpacks stolen, food stolen etc. And besides all of this they have a really BAD schedule where kids start off their school day in 4th period. then they go to 1st 2nd etc. but they have flip days where you start at 4th period then go to 3rd 2nd 1st. Really cant they at least just call 4th period 1st if that is where they always start. There classroom numbers are ridiculous too, they have numbers such as 1202. So on the first day of school, of say a 6th grader it is extremely confusing for kids and parents, and some classrooms cant be seen because you have to walk into a classroom to realize that there are classes within. Ridiculous!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
This school has great teachers that really do all they are allowed and can do to help students excel in their classes and themselves. The school has a variety of electives to choose from: music, foreign language: Spanish, computers, creative writing, Teacher's Assistant, Leadership... The P.E teachers has a great system of management and plans for their students that students actually enjoy. Also, worth-the-time activities are in store, annually, for students who has good grades and tries for good grades and helpful tutoring from teachers and counselors for students who are in need of help.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2013
This is my son first year and so far he has great teachers! He has improved his academic skills.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
I Just Culminated From this School . Class Of '12 This isn't necessarily " The Best " School ever . But it's a GREAT School . I have attended this school All 3 years , & It was memorable . There is now an academy & your child will be able to have a better opportunity . But i PROMISE your Child will love this school . But everything depends on THEM , they can have all wonderful years by focusing in their studies & stay away from drama or they can ditch & not culminate . But the staff here are nice & will give you many chances for you to succeed . as the motto says " BYRD IS BEST " . I would recommend this school (:

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2012
This is the worst middle school in all California! The principal is extremely rude. She doesn't care of all the bullying thats is going on in that school. Students record themselves fighting inside school grounds and post them up online. I recently had a conversation with the principal when my 7th grade daughter brought some cupcakes to school. Several students like her brought cupcakes and other fast food. A student in her school approached my daughter and damaged her cupcakes. After that happened the principal saw her with the cupcakes and took them away,(HER RULES ) My daughter was going to tell her what had happened with the cupcakes and she completely ignored her. I talked to the principal of all this and she didn't care. To all the parents to are reading these reviews send your son/daughter to a school where your children will be safe and respected. Any school is much better than this one!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
I have read a few reviews parents have written and I completely agree that the principal of this school is rude and only cares about getting paid. The school is very unsafe their are fights almost everyday. In the morning you can never find anyone in the 6th or 7th grade office to help you. The times that I called the school I can never get hold of anyone. When my daughter was recieving an award for improving on her CSt scores, the award ceremony was awful. Kids were talking and the principal threaten them that if they weren't quiet they would all get detention. Some kids were booing when other kids were receiving awards. The principal said nothing. During the ceremony i was moved twice, which really upsetted me because I'm a disabled and was sitting in a disabled sitting area.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2012
only 2 months my son goes to this school and he is very happy love the school, teachers and staff .

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
I am a former student at Byrd and some of these comments are just biased because usually the parents are in such a hurry they can act quite harsh i now i used to help at the offices, which has such a nice staff and are very hardworking. The teachers are also very dedicated except for one or two. If you are a student who tried to use everything given to you this is a great school, but many some students don't like doing anything. I took honors and i think they were really helpful many skills i learned from them have helped throughout high school as well. Byrd is Best!!! Class of 2010

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2011
Byrd is a good school, my son finish algebra and geometry there,if somebody say the administration are rude, is maybe because you don't follow the rules in the parking lot,the space is small and nobody follow the rules, if the parent are involve can make the difference like me.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
As a student of this school i can say that this is the worst school ever !!! some , most of the students are very very disrespectful to their teachers !! as for the honor classes i haven't felt like i have learned anything .most of the students don't know when to be quiet and start listening to the teacher. the p.e. is not so good either most students don't even dress and when they do they don't listen and just walk around and they don't run the lap even though the yard is soo small . the CST scores are very low and the school website said it was the best school in town and made it look "OK" . the staff isn't very good either , when it's lunch the benches are very dirty and the cafeteria doesn't let you pay with money . the image of the school on the outside "looks" "nice" but it is nothing compared as to actually going to the school and attending the classes . if your enrolling your child don't enroll them to this school

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2011
Worst school ever ! The administrators are rude especially the ones that run the parking. Extremely rude, trust me you dont want your child attending this school. They don't care about the education of children.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
Teachers at this school work SO HARD to help prepare our children to succeed. Unfortunately, too many parents are not as involved as we all need to be once our kids get into middle school. PLEASE PARENTS stay involved and help our wonderful teachers and kids out! The teachers know me on a first name basis and I wouldn't have it any other way!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
I am student at Richard E. Byrd middle school.This is an awesome school there are so many great people and the teachers are cool,nice,and strict(depends on which teachers). byrd is an amazing school it helps your child behave,respect,and learn. also the dean is very strict so if your child goes to the deans office hell handle it...trust me i have been there.also if you worry about your child getting into fights its okay cuz there is bad people there but if you get in a fight you get suspenede and then if an other you get expelled. also there is teachers supervision so no matter what your child will be safe everywhere exept for inside the toilets.hhhha also if your child is in 6th grade i recomend Mrs.Rose or Mrs.Orozso they help you as in having respect also for 7th grade... idk im barely in 6th grade going to 7th!

- submitted by a community member
December 26, 2009
I'm a student and the classes are awesome the teachers r fun and strict.This scholl helps ur child learn respect.So I say to put ur child in this school

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October 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 13, 2009
I'm a student at Byrd Middle School and Mr Walter Mojica is the best teacher at my school and there will be no one like him .......... Eevveerr. He is the best leadership, math, and science teacher. He is truly the ideal role model for all teachers and sorta kinda like our father cuz we all know that he will be there for us when we need him. Lloonngg lliivvee tthhee kkiinngg mmoojjiiccaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =p alot of love for you mojica <333

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no rating August 05, 2009
I am a student at Byrd andd all I have to say that it is amazing there all good teachers exspiesauilly Mr.Mojica he is the best of the best:)

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2009
As a student my opinion is that this school is a very difficult school.Deans are strict and uniform.They should atleast let us wear whatever color bottoms and a uniform shirt.I really dont like the teachers here and how the school runs.

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July 17, 2009
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July 08, 2009
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March 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 22, 2009
this a good school mrs.rose my teacher is really nice she is my math and she told me how to study and good ways to help me so thnk you mrs.rose!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 21, 2009
I am a 7 th grader in this new Richard E. Byrd Middle School. I just wanted to say that this school is the best and it has the best leadership progam ever. Mostly because they have the awsome teacher Mr. Walter Mojica. He is a great leadership, math , and science teacher.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 18, 2008
It's a really good school. they have a really good leadership program with the best leadership advisor ever!!!

- submitted by a student
October 20, 2008
This is one of LAUSD's most difficult schools, needs and has tough administrtors. The problem with the school is the large number of special education kids placed in regular classrooms. Performance standards are substantially lower than state standards so as to pass more students.

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October 07, 2008
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August 10, 2008
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April 17, 2008
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April 12, 2008
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no rating April 07, 2008
My daughter is a student at Byrd and think it is a great school. However, I do think the children should be able to wear white t-shirts for P.E. if they cannot afford to purchase the schools clothes. Other than that, the teachers are greats. Way to go Byrd!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2008
My son attends this school, and personally I think the teachers are awesome they try really hard to help the students my son has been lucky so far.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
When i attended Richard E. Byrd Middle School all the teachers where amazing teachers. Byrd is a good school. I recommend that school to new students. Richard E. Byrd Middle School is the BEST !

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February 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 24, 2007
i love byrd. go pengins. the new principlal got really strick but the teachers a great. ecspesially mr.clarke she rokes! im in magnet and it isnt so hard. so people enrole ur kids in the magnet it is one of the best thins you can d. but school is fun with the jokester mr.diaz[the dean] but dont get on his bad side!

- submitted by a student
June 27, 2007
My daughter had many conflicts with many teachers!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
My child attends this school and I am totally in disgust with how this school is. I was so happy to have my child at first but now I just dread it. Mr Parsa is very nice and is so willing to work with the parents and the children.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2007
This school is not a good school anymore, it was good when mr.Miller was there but some teachers need to go.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2006
My sixth grader just started over at Byrd about a month ago, and is having the most incredible time ever! A wonderful Math and Science teacher by the name of Walter Mojica has become a role model, and a hero in my household. His approach to learning and attitude has made me wish I was in middle school again so I can have him as my teacher. I don't know if he'll ever read this but as a concerned and dedicated parent, I would just like to send a big 'thank you' to Mr. Mojica and the rest of the wonderful staff over at Byrd that help make that school (in my opinion) the best middle school in the LAUSD school district

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
This is my daughters first year (grade 6) She absolutely loves it, Mr.Miller Mr.Anderson & Mr.Parsa...'awesome' teachers & counselors. They always express interest and concern and are very supportive. The school is strict ,safe, modern, neat and the children seem serious about learning.Only complaint, 'no lockers anymore' :( We're really happy and off to a great start. Byrd is Best!... Go Penguins!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2006
This is my sons first year of middle school and he is having trouble adjusting but thanks to the teachers and counselors he is getting back on track. After meeting his teachers and hearing of their teaching methods I am very happy my son is attending Byrd Middle School, they are very concerned with his academics and are willing to help him with tutoring. The thing I appreciate is the teachers are in contact with me the parent which is important in having a successful student. Thank you so much for putting 110% into our students.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2006
Is one of the best middle school in sun valley. The teachers encouraged the kids to do their best. They have good after school and saturday programs to help the kids academically.

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October 02, 2005
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Richard E. Byrd Middle School
8501 Arleta Avenue, Sun Valley, CA  91352
(818) 394-4300
Last modified Richard E. Byrd Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richard E. Byrd Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top