Richard E. Byrd Middle

Summary:

Richard E. Byrd Middle is a public middle school located in Sun Valley, California, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 1,105 students. The school is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is ranked 909 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Richard E. Byrd Middle has a predominantly Hispanic student population, with over 90% of students identifying as Hispanic in recent years. The school has consistently ranked in the bottom half of California middle schools, with a ranking between 1,600 and 2,500 out of around 2,700 schools in recent years. Its performance on standardized tests, such as the Smarter Balanced Assessments and CAST Science, is significantly below the state and district averages. Additionally, the school has experienced a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 9.0% in 2017-2018 to 28.2% in 2022-2023, which is notably higher than the surrounding schools. The school also serves a predominantly low-income population, with a very high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 90.77% to 93.21% in recent years.

The nearby schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, such as Francisco Sepulveda Middle, Vista Middle, and Charles Maclay Middle, share similar demographic and performance characteristics with Richard E. Byrd Middle. In contrast, the charter schools in the area, such as Valley Charter Middle, Valor Academy Middle, and Girls Athletic Leadership School Los Angeles, generally perform better academically and have lower chronic absenteeism rates.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 8501 Arleta Ave.
       Sun Valley, CA  91352-2958


(818) 394-4300

District: Los Angeles Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1777th of 2,802 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,970 Help


Feeder schools for Richard E. Byrd Middle:

Elementary:    Canterbury Avenue Elementary
    Fernangeles Elementary
    Strathern Street Elementary
    Vena Avenue Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  20.6 Help
Number of students:  1,105

Racial breakdown:

Not Specified:
100.0%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  93.2% Help


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Compare Details Richard E. Byrd Middle ranks worse than 63.4% of middle schools in California. It also ranks 36th among 83 ranked middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 31.19. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details 93.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Richard E. Byrd Middle is 20.6. 65 middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Richard E. Byrd Middle employs 53.6 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Richard E. Byrd Middle is $9,970. 49 middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Richard E. Byrd Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Richard E. Byrd Middle 1777th of 2802 California public middle schools. (See Richard E. Byrd Middle in the ranking list.)

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Los Angeles Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Los Angeles Unified 918th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Richard E. Byrd Middle

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Rank History for all students at Richard E. Byrd Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 28.47 1227th 1769 30.6%
2005 28.59 1267th 1777 28.7%
2006 29.97 1243rd 1804 31.1%
2007 25.54 1511th 1999 24.4%
2008 29.71 1446th 2005 27.9%
2009 27.82 1533rd 2063 25.7%
2010 29.78 1582nd 2179 27.4%
2011 30.08 1640th 2236 26.7%
2012 35.78 1483rd 2259 34.4%
2013 33.45 1603rd 2379 32.6%
2015 22.49 1923rd 2477 22.4%
2016 23.96 1871st 2497 25.1%
2017 21.84 1966th 2508 21.6%
2018 20.34 1990th 2480 19.8%
2019 24.12 2021st 2715 25.6%
2022 32.94 1681st 2740 38.6%
2023 31.19 1777th 2802 36.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Richard E. Byrd Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.32 1285th 1364 5.8%
2019 28.47 1199th 1442 16.9%
2022 26.84 1398th 1540 9.2%
2023 30.26 1209th 1529 20.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Richard E. Byrd Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 31.62 1024th 1538 33.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Richard E. Byrd Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.43 1679th 2230 24.7%
2019 33.33 1550th 2369 34.6%
2022 46.84 1115th 2458 54.6%
2023 40.16 1329th 2549 47.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Richard E. Byrd Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.68 1782nd 2262 21.2%
2019 23.26 1849th 2380 22.3%
2022 31.20 1629th 2509 35.1%
2023 27.35 1773rd 2547 30.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Richard E. Byrd Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.16 1243rd 1369 9.2%
2019 24.17 1242nd 1491 16.7%
2022 26.60 1198th 1531 21.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Richard E. Byrd Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.30 1923rd 2273 15.4%
2019 23.79 1846th 2407 23.3%
2022 34.63 1490th 2527 41.0%
2023 34.62 1515th 2558 40.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Richard E. Byrd Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 33.00 540th 745 27.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Richard E. Byrd Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.40 1607th 2072 22.4%
2019 30.41 1533rd 2213 30.7%
2022 44.95 1127th 2359 52.2%
2023 40.11 1273rd 2391 46.8%
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Rank History for White students at Richard E. Byrd Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.18 1248th 1496 16.6%
2023 19.96 1252nd 1552 19.3%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Richard E. Byrd Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 306 46 105 563 1 n/a n/a 0 1021
1989 280 55 103 569 1 n/a n/a 0 1008
1990 230 60 109 618 2 n/a n/a 0 1019
1991 219 58 116 717 3 n/a n/a 0 1113
1992 231 50 141 805 3 n/a n/a 0 1230
1993 254 54 177 1050 3 n/a n/a 0 1538
1994 197 43 139 1165 6 n/a n/a 0 1550
1995 190 53 164 1600 9 n/a n/a 0 2016
1996 190 53 164 1600 9 n/a n/a 0 2016
1997 178 42 141 1438 6 n/a n/a 0 1805
1998 175 44 133 1445 5 n/a n/a 0 1802
1999 169 36 133 1457 3 n/a n/a 0 1798
2000 153 39 116 1532 3 n/a n/a 0 1843
2001 149 32 117 1534 2 n/a n/a 0 1834
2002 138 48 110 1789 2 n/a n/a 0 2087
2003 138 48 110 1789 2 n/a n/a 0 2087
2004 106 24 99 1815 6 n/a n/a 0 2050
2005 98 30 94 1771 6 n/a n/a 0 1999
2006 82 24 94 1671 6 n/a n/a 0 1877
2007 72 25 86 1625 5 n/a n/a 11 1824
2008 55 19 81 1574 9 n/a n/a 0 1738
2009 49 20 75 1582 5 4 8 0 1743
2010 46 16 85 1608 7 5 1 0 1768
2011 49 17 81 1596 6 4 3 0 1756
2012 31 13 72 1561 6 1 0 0 1684
2013 29 14 75 1540 2 2 0 0 1662
2014 34 13 79 1576 3 8 0 0 1713
2015 37 12 76 1533 2 3 3 0 1666
2016 38 10 70 1474 3 2 5 0 1602
2017 38 3 70 1372 2 1 3 0 1489
2018 35 7 57 1349 1 4 2 0 1455
2019 34 7 55 1296 0 4 0 0 1396
2020 40 9 57 1267 0 6 1 0 1380
2021 37 11 51 1150 2 4 2 0 1257
2022 40 9 50 1007 1 3 5 0 1115
2023 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1105 1105

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Richard E. Byrd Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1021 47.0 21.7 n/a
1989 1008 48.5 20.7 n/a
1990 1019 46.6 21.8 n/a
1991 1113 52.8 21.0 n/a
1992 1230 53.7 22.9 54.7
1993 1538 58.3 26.4 62.6
1994 1550 58.8 26.4 69.3
1995 2016 82.3 24.5 72.6
1996 2016 82.3 24.5 72.6
1997 1805 74.2 24.3 69.3
1998 1802 70.2 25.7 70.3
1999 1798 78.6 22.9 74.9
2000 1843 79.5 23.2 69.8
2001 1834 82.0 22.4 71.7
2002 2087 87.8 23.8 80.5
2003 2087 87.8 23.8 80.5
2004 2050 90.2 22.7 72.6
2005 1999 87.4 22.9 74.3
2006 1877 81.0 23.2 81.2
2007 1824 74.0 24.6 81.2
2008 1738 87.0 20.0 80.4
2009 1743 73.0 19.8 85.7
2010 1768 70.0 25.2 88.2
2011 1756 n/a n/a 89.2
2012 1684 66.5 25.3 n/a
2013 1662 62.5 26.5 36.6
2014 1713 63.0 27.1 86.9
2015 1666 62.0 26.8 91.2
2016 1602 61.0 26.2 87.3
2017 1489 60.0 24.8 86.2
2018 1455 59.0 24.6 91.7
2019 1396 59.0 23.6 89.1
2020 1380 n/a n/a 86
2021 1257 58.5 21.4 90.8
2022 1115 54.5 20.4 91.7
2023 1105 53.6 20.6 93.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Richard E. Byrd Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1021 47.0 21.7 n/a
1989 1008 48.5 20.7 n/a
1990 1019 46.6 21.8 n/a
1991 1113 52.8 21.0 n/a
1992 1230 53.7 22.9 54.7
1993 1538 58.3 26.4 62.6
1994 1550 58.8 26.4 69.3
1995 2016 82.3 24.5 72.6
1996 2016 82.3 24.5 72.6
1997 1805 74.2 24.3 69.3
1998 1802 70.2 25.7 70.3
1999 1798 78.6 22.9 74.9
2000 1843 79.5 23.2 69.8
2001 1834 82.0 22.4 71.7
2002 2087 87.8 23.8 80.5
2003 2087 87.8 23.8 80.5
2004 2050 90.2 22.7 72.6
2005 1999 87.4 22.9 74.3
2006 1877 81.0 23.2 81.2
2007 1824 74.0 24.6 81.2
2008 1738 87.0 20.0 80.4
2009 1743 73.0 19.8 85.7
2010 1768 70.0 25.2 88.2
2011 1756 n/a n/a 89.2
2012 1684 66.5 25.3 n/a
2013 1662 62.5 26.5 36.6
2014 1713 63.0 27.1 86.9
2015 1666 62.0 26.8 91.2
2016 1602 61.0 26.2 87.3
2017 1489 60.0 24.8 86.2
2018 1455 59.0 24.6 91.7
2019 1396 59.0 23.6 89.1
2020 1380 n/a n/a 86
2021 1257 58.5 21.4 90.8
2022 1115 54.5 20.4 91.7
2023 1105 53.6 20.6 93.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Richard E. Byrd Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,970

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Richard E. Byrd Middle

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2021st of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 1777th of 2802 Middle schools
 11%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Richard E. Byrd Middle)30.134.7
 4.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Angeles Unified)41.238.6
 2.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Richard E. Byrd Middle)25.425.6
 0.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)32.528.1
 4.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Richard E. Byrd Middle)33.531.8
 1.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Angeles Unified)43.740.8
 2.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Richard E. Byrd Middle)21.923.8
 1.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)30.527.5
 3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Richard E. Byrd Middle)35.328.3
 7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Angeles Unified)41.138.9
 2.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Richard E. Byrd Middle)19.720.1
 0.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)29.223.7
 5.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Richard E. Byrd Middle)14.515.7
 1.3%
   8th Grade Science (Los Angeles Unified)23.120.9
 2.2%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students13961105
 20.8%
African American70
 100%
American Indian00
Asian550
 100%
Hispanic12960
 100%
Pacific Islander40
 100%
White340
 100%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients89.1%93.2%
 4.1%


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Richard E. Byrd Middle ranks 1777th of 2802 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,105 students attended Richard E. Byrd Middle.


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