Spiritual & Character Education

Within a diverse community represented by over fifty nations, we emphasize both spiritual and character education in our classrooms, chapels, assemblies, special events, and service-learning opportunities.

Spiritual education involves the deepening of students’ knowledge of and relationships with God, while character education involves examining ideal character traits and learning how to practically live as people of character. Spiritual and character education can be experienced in classrooms, chapel services and assemblies, service learning opportunities, and more.

Programs

NICS

The NICS program provides opportunities for character and spiritual growth. Our hope is that students deepen their understanding of the Gospel message, are encouraged to live a life of worship, and embrace what it means to know Christ and make Him known.

Oasis

Oasis is a community where faculty and students seek to imagine what a life of character and service to others looks like. Together, we create an environment in which we can challenge one another to pursue such a life with passion and integrity.

Academic Classes

TEV (NICS)

Throughout high school, students take a variety of Bible courses in order to understand topics such as God’s attributes, God’s purpose for creation and humanity, the person of Christ and redemption in Him, how to defend the Christian faith, and Biblical worldview.

TEV (Oasis)

Students have opportunity to take courses in the areas of logic, world religions, and philosophy in order to develop their understanding of the world, the ethics and values that form true character, and what it means to be responsible citizens.

Grade NICS OASIS
Kindergarten Bible
Students take biblical education as a core subject. The curriculum consists of both a Bible survey and a worldview component.
No Oasis Option Offered
1-5 Bible
Students take biblical education as a core subject. The curriculum consists of both a Bible survey and a worldview component.
Character
For elementary, Oasis students take character education as a core subject. The character education curriculum includes a study of 42 character traits that are foundational qualities.
Grade NICS OASIS
6-8 Bible
Students take biblical education as a core subject. The curriculum consists of both a Bible survey and a worldview component.
Philosophy
6th Grade Philosophy focuses on developing life skills, whereas the 7th and 8th Grade courses focus on logical reasoning through the practical application of informal fallacies and deductive reasoning to develop high-order thinking skills.
Grade NICS OASIS
9 Survey of Bible I & II
Students take biblical education as a core subject. The curriculum consists of both a Bible survey and a worldview component.
Rhetoric and Logic I & II
This course focuses on logical reasoning through the practical application of informal fallacies and deductive reasoning to develop higher-order thinking skills. This course also emphasizes developing the rhetorical skills necessary for creating persuasive arguments.
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Survey of Bible III
Students take biblical education as a core subject. The curriculum consists of both a Bible survey and a worldview component.

Survey of World Religions (NICS)
This one-semester course focuses on understanding the founding personalities, traditions, history, culture, beliefs, and practices of the world’s major religions. This course also allows each student to explore his or her religion in relation to other religions.

Survey of World Religions (Oasis)
A study of all the major world religions, as well as some historical background, gives students an opportunity to understand basic themes of religion. The dimensions of personal encounter, faith, traditions, personal lifestyle, morality, and religious practice are examined in this historical survey around the world.

Introduction to Philosophy I
Introduction to Philosophy I is a survey of the origins of Western philosophy. In this class, students encounter the early philosophers whose concepts and dialogue constitute the origins of the fields of metaphysics, science, and ethics. The course follows the Western tradition from the pre-Socratic philosophers to later Christian thinkers like Augustine and Boethius.

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Christian Theology I & II
Christian Theology focuses on the basic doctrines of historic Christianity through a systematic study of the Bible in two semesters. This course equips students to understand what the entire Bible says about a given subject and how that understanding inspires and impacts their lives.

Introduction to Philosophy II & III
Introduction to Philosophy II is a survey of Western philosophy that explores the topics and issues of the Medieval to Early Modern time periods.
Introduction to Philosophy III is a survey of Western philosophy that explores the topics and issues of the Early Modern to Contemporary time periods.

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History of Thought
This course is a broad survey of Western culture. The Western tradition of thought is just one tradition that has come to us through history, with its own influences and contributors as well as all the many individuals and cultures it has influenced. Perhaps the single most important influence on the Western tradition is the Bible and the Christian faith that produced it. This course is designed to survey the origins of Western culture in order to investigate its forms today in the society around us.

Senior Seminar (NICS)
In the spring semester, Senior Seminar is designed to be a launching pad for students as they graduate from YISS to whatever comes next. While the course looks at the practical aspects and skills of succeeding in college, students will also explore the many themes and topics of living a good life in general. We consider many other topics such as upbringing, adulthood, vocation, the meaning of community, personal growth, and more.

Modern Philosophy
This semester-long course endeavors to engage our minds to think in our modern times. This course seeks to train Oasis seniors to think as both independent and interdependent members in each of their communities.

Senior Seminar (OASIS)
In the spring semester, Senior Seminar is designed to be a launching pad for students as they graduate from YISS to whatever comes next. While the course looks at the practical aspects and skills of succeeding in college, students will also explore the many themes and topics of living a good life in general. We consider many other topics such as upbringing, adulthood, vocation, the meaning of community, personal growth, and more.

Weekly Seminars

Chapel

Weekly chapel services provide students with an opportunity to worship God through music and the message of Scripture. The students participate in worship and hear Bible-based messages from our chaplains or guest speakers. Chapel provides students with another way to discover more about God and learn what it means to follow Jesus Christ.

“Ossembly”

Oasis Assemblies, or Ossemblies, take place with all Oasis-program students, hosting speakers and activities to engage students and equip them with lifelong skills. Through these activities, students grow in their understanding of character qualities together. Ossemblies work towards equipping students to make a lasting impact on the world by serving people with compassionate hearts and practical wisdom.