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      A non-public, non-profit special education school for children in grades K-12 with behavior challenges.  We serve students who reside in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.     
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Step Up To Writing

Olive Crest Academy has adopted the Step Up to Writing® program.

Step Up to Writing® provides research-validated, hands-on, multisensory writing strategies and writing activities that help students become proficient in the areas of informative/explanatory writing, narrative and personal narrative writing, and argument writing. These strategies also foster development of critical thinking, reading comprehension, and listening and speaking skills. In addition, they and help establish writing as a process rather than as an end product.


Step Up is explicit, systematic instruction for every aspect of writing. The flexible strategy-based program has been completely revised and updated for grades six to eight to meet the more rigorous writing standards students need to be college- and career-ready. Every strategy is aligned to the CCSS for writing as well as many of the standards for Reading, Speaking and Listening, Language and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.

Step Up strategies help students actively engage in reading materials for improved comprehension and demonstrate competent study and critical thinking skills. This comprehensive set of writing activities creates a common writing language throughout the grade levels and content areas. With multiple strategies for each phase of the writing process, Step Up can fill in the gaps in the core curriculum or act as the core writing instruction.