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Byrd Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 978 students

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Posted January 30, 2014

This is a school that takes their rules a bit light. In the three years I've been here, all of the students I've come across seem to just not care anymore. Teachers seem to only appreciate some of their class members, and they don't interact with the students who aren't "popular". Whenever I go through our halls, I am forced to push through crowds of students who refuse to move ,only to be called rude words by people who feel they are allowed to do so. It's a very negative environment, and I feel that the choices of what we can do are too limited.


Posted December 3, 2013

This school is a very terrible school and has a lot of constant bullying and stupidity going on. The building is very old and very worn down they barely ever make any repairs and there is so much graffiti everywhere. Byrd is the kind of school were students get bullied and judges by their athletic abilities, the clothes and name brands they wear, and also other very low things. The teachers also do not put much effort into teaching the students, very few teachers actually sit down and teach. Most of the time they hand out worksheet and let you be, and when you ask them for help always tell you to google it or get frustrated with the students. Even some of the teachers at Byrd let you get away with cussing or using your phone which is outrageous. At Byrd you can almost never walk during class changes because they have all the grade levels walk around trying to get from hall to hall at one time. When you are switching classes it is almost impossible to not walk without seeing people kissing, holding hands, hugging, or clumped in groups in the middle of the hall. Also this is my third year and I have seen over 10 fights in the school. I do not recommend this school at all.


Posted July 25, 2013

I am a student going into my 3rd year at Byrd and since the time I arrived in my first year, the school has gone down a very steep hill. It was bad enough not having windows but now the principal has taken the curriculum and is wringing out every single drop of fun there ever was. I believe that this method of managing the school is inappropriate because we are children and we have a hard time paying attention to something if it's boring. There are some very amazing teachers in this school but I would like to see more interesting/interactive ways of teaching in the school from other teachers because that would actually help the test scores a lot. Overall, I do not recommend this school unless you are immune to or do not mind -Bullying -Stupidity or -Talk of drugs/sex/violence among peers That is all.


Posted March 17, 2013

I Graduated from Byrd Middle School in 2012 and did not enjoy it at all. The Teachers and staff would not care whether you had a problem in a subject you are pretty much left to figure it out on your own. The Teachers are not workable in this school with grades and are often irritated when you ask them for help. The bullying in this school is really bad and administration does not do anything about it. I saw a classmate being bullied and a teacher walked by him and just look at him and said nothing. There was stealing in the locker room and the person never found their belongings. The teachers in most of my classes were often aggravated with bullying and spend most of the class telling that person to calm down. The only thing I did enjoy was finally getting on the bus to go home. I could give this school Zero stars if I could. It is overall a bad learning environment for children.


Posted January 30, 2013

This is my 3rd year at byrd. I have two good things to say and MANY bad things. 1) The 6th grade teachers are amazing! They will do anything and everything to help your child succeed, 2) The Library, we have the best library in the state. Now for the bad things there is MAJOR BULLYING, FIGHTS, AND THINGS YOU WOULD NEVER IMAGINE. The administration, is not the best. Once you get to 7th and 8th grade the teachers could care less they just want the day to be done with. Byrd has been the worst experince that I HAVE EVER HAD! As a result; I'm transfering schools during my last year at byrd because i cant stand it anymore. My little sister is coming to byrd next year, and you want to know something? I'm literally begging my parents to not allow my sister to come to Byrd. That is how bad it is! With my experince if your only staying for the 6th grade come on over you'll love it! Other than that i would stay away!


Posted November 1, 2012

Apparently, their phones don't work. I am a parent of a student at Byrd and they have neglected to call me about my child's bullying problem. It's been one week and they can't make the headway to make one phone call. I am now going to contact the county's board of education to file a formal complaint about this matter. If they can't solve this matter in a proper fashion then I will see what the police will think of this matter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2012

This school is not well equipped to properly handle students with disabilities/special needs, and is only marginally handicap accessible. There does seem to be a good sense of comaraderie among teachers/administrators for the most part. Based on feedback from teachers outside Byrd's system who have stronger special needs training, Byrd is not doing all they can to support my child's special needs. I've had to do much research on my own to figure out how to get proper support. If you review the test scores for special needs, you'll see Byrd has very low scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

I have one child in their 3rd year at Byrd and a second child in their 1st year. I am very pleased with the academics, teachers and office administration. Child are encourage to get involved and have plenty of opportunities to strengthen their education. I find issues are addressed swiftly and with compassion! 95% of the teachers genuinely care about the children and it shows...Office Administration staff rocks! They are pleasant, investigate, communicate and resolve situations swiftly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

Byrd is actually really good. There are no more fights and the teachers do care for their students like their own children! There is supervision in the lunch and PE rooms,plus no one really looks at anyone in the locker-rooms.This year we received a Virginia Library Award,so overall i LOVE byrd


Posted May 25, 2010

I love Bryd Middle School and I truly believe in Principal Pope's energy and leadership. Ms. Everage
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

It is like going into a jail. The buildings are old, with low ceilings, and no windows. There are several inspirational teachers, but most are just going through the motions. My child finds it a rather frightening place. I find the lack of a daily period for study hall to be ridiculous. The substitution, a review course called Academic Wheel, is a waste of everyone's time. The kids that do sports or have any type of lessons afterschool find it hard to do these activities and keep up with their work. There need to be some real changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Teachers nor administrators can make headway into the bullying in this school. Fights, overt sexual talk and actions - kids go to school living in fear. No supervision during lunch, and PE locker room of course is a nightmare, especially for a kid who has some special needs. I would wish this school on my worst enemy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2009

Outstanding school! Faculty really puts forth the extra effort for the students. Lots of technology usage activities for the kids. Administrators keep parents informed and are very easy to access. I will send all of my childred to Byrd.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

Overall very good. Challenges: lunch sitting policy; field trip usage-- not applied fairly to all students; inappropriate use of mass communications, eg computer call to all homes by prinicpal saying that something happened; can't tell us what (due to privacy concerns) other than it has been taken care. It is believed that this type of call has no value. Some very talented and dedicated teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2008

I've been going to this school and have been extremely satisfied. They have a great staff Mrs. Pope (the principle) has been doing a great job. The sixth grade teachers such as Mrs. Kendig, Mrs.McGrath,Ms.Bell,Mrs.Wiliams,Ms.Madison, and Mr.Aboud to do a great job. I find Mr.Whitmoyer,Mr.Ingram,Mrs.Keel,Mr.Craig,Mr.G,and Sr.(Mr.)Diaz to be great teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2008

My daughter studies in this school. The teachers in this school are outstanding and very enthusiastic about the development of their students. We observed that Ms. Madison, Ms. Mallon and Mrs. Roop are some of the best teachers who can bring out the best in the kids. The school also have A - Club which facilitates community service very early in the children who get A grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

Overall great school with great teachers who go above and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

This is a terrific school with high academic standards and a solid faculty. Mrs. Poates is exceptional and runs a tight, productive ship. The kids feel safe, they can get a variety of extra help if needed and accelerated classes are available for students seeking a greater challenge. My son has really enjoyed his 3 years of middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for English: Reading was 74% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 75% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 71% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 70% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students71%
Female students68%
Male students74%
Black students59%
Asian students65%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial83%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students32%
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students78%
Female students77%
Male students79%
Black students70%
Asian students86%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial88%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students74%
Female students78%
Male students71%
Black students58%
Asian students58%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial62%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students31%
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students71%
Female students69%
Male students73%
Black students51%
Asian students73%
Hispanic52%
Multiracial67%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students73%
Female students76%
Male students71%
Black students67%
Asian students63%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students28%
Proficient in English80%

English: Writing

All Students70%
Female students78%
Male students62%
Black students57%
Asian students70%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students29%
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students58%
Female students62%
Male students55%
Black students44%
Asian students61%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English63%

Science

All Students74%
Female students72%
Male students76%
Black students70%
Asian students50%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students99%
Female students100%
Male students98%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(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)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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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
Visual arts
  • Architecture

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
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • 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 facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

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

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Gwen E. Miller

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(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 social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • 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
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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9400 Quioccasin Rd
Richmond, VA 23233
Phone: (804) 750-2630

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