Regular Day

Title 1
Herman Leimbach is a Title 1 school. As such, the school receives federal money to help students achieve by providing students with the needed interventions. The focus of our intervention is the direct support of students’ academic progress through the reduction of class sizes. Our Kindergarten through third grade classes has been reduced to 24 students and intermediate classes, grades 4, 5, and 6 have been reduced to 26. Teachers provide in-class support through small group instruction and differentiation to meet students’ needs. Utilizing Federal funds, we are able to provide additional support for students in the areas of reading and mathematics. This assistance supplements the regular educations program but does not replace it.

Learning Center/Special Education
This program provides assistance to students who qualify, with an emphasis on supporting students whose learning difficulties require special accommodations with the curriculum. Qualification is based on diagnosis, screening, and teacher/parent referral through the Student Intervention Team (SIT) process to ensure:

  • The systematic instruction of student’s IEP goals & objectives
  • The education of core curriculum and materials to facilitate student participation and learning
  • The development and implementation of social skills program and positive behavioral interventions

Language, Speech and Hearing Program (LSH)
A speech and language specialist is assigned to Herman Leimbach to assist students with identified needs. To qualify students must be assessed by the specialist and meet the qualifying criteria. The specialist also works closely with the Learning Center and Student Study Team.

Preschool
A total of five preschools are housed on the Leimbach campus. Local, state and federal funding sources are used to provide quality, Early Childhood Education for 100 children at our site. With a highly qualified staff and a curriculum that prepares its students for the rigor of Kindergarten, large and small group instruction and individualization are provided daily. Teachers provide a rich exposure to English Language development for their English Learners and enlist bilingual staff to support families in their primary languages.

GEAR UP Program
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) was enacted as part of the 1998 Higher Education Act to give more low-income students the skills, encouragement, and preparation to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. The goal of the state program is to develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare ALL students for high school and post-secondary education through the establishment of a statewide network. The state model is designed to create a self-sustaining college-going culture by working with whole schools through the adults that have the greatest impact in student life and experience: the principals, teachers, counselors, families and community leaders. The state model includes our very own Valley High School, where a cohort of students is being followed from middle school through high school graduation. Although traditionally a middle school program, GEAR UP landed on Leimbach‘s campus during the 2010-2011 school year via the Bridge Model which is partnership with Valley High School, Jackman Middle School, and CA GEAR UP. The purpose of the Bridge model is to get all the Valley region’s elementary students excited about college at an early age through student rallies, parent education, mentoring programs, professional learning for staff and other community building events that support building a college going culture.

Extended Day

We offer a variety of extended day programs to support students in their academic journey. While some offerings are designed to improve students’ academic performance, others are designed to broaden students’ interests and develop talents or challenge students in new ways.

ROAR Academy
Herman Leimbach offers an after-school program which maximizes student participation. The program offers homework assistance, and involves students in enrichment activities that develop social skills, increase self-confidence and self-esteem. In addition, ROAR Academy offers a literacy element as part of the skills building component.

Capitol Region Engineering Science and Technology (CREST)
CREST is an after school program that meets weekly to learn a curriculum geared toward hands-on math, science, and engineering. Each student in CREST has been selected on teacher recommendations and a completed application. This is a select group of students who work very hard all year long to learn cutting-edge technology. 

Leimbach Visual and Performing Arts Club (VAPA)
The Leimbach Visual and Performing Arts Club provides young artists an opportunity to express themselves artistically. The group meets once a week after school in a room set up for arts instruction. We use high-quality materials and present the arts in a professional manner through public exhibitions and performances. The arts instruction is provided by Leimbach teachers who are practicing artists and performers and experienced art educators.

Technology

Herman Leimbach is committed to helping students and staff become comfortable with a variety of technological tools to enhance teaching and learning. As a result, technology has become an integral part of classroom instruction and staff development. Technology enhances learning at Herman Leimbach in the following ways:

Computer Lab
All grade levels regularly visit the computer lab.

Classroom Computers
All classrooms at Herman Leimbach are equipped with student computers. Students are able to use these computers for the independent practice of skills learned in class as well as research.

LCD Projectors
Every classroom at Herman Leimbach is equipped with an LCD projector. Teachers use these projectors to enhance learning by providing students with visuals that make content more comprehensible. In addition, teachers use presentation software such as Power Point to enhance their instruction.

SMART Boards
All K-6th grade regular education classrooms at Herman Leimbach are home to interactive whiteboards called SMART Boards. These interactive whiteboards increase student engagement levels and provide teachers with means to use cutting-edge instructional strategies and multi-media sources to enhance their instruction and deepen students’ understanding of grade level standards and curriculum.

Document Cameras
All classrooms at Herman Leimbach have document cameras that allow teachers to quickly create a digital image of student work or textbook pages. They can, then, manipulate this image using editing marks, highlighting, etc. These cameras give teachers an opportunity to provide students with more guidance while reading a text together and immediate feedback and more effective guidance during writing instruction.

Chromebook Carts
Our mobile carts allow students to become proficient at using Google Apps for Education to deepen their learning and build 21st century skills.

Video Production
At Leimbach, we have video production equipment used to produce films for the Student Educational Video Awards.