Curriculum is taught in a way that incorporates students with different backgrounds and learning styles. Individualized instruction and workshop models allow students to master the basics while discovering innovative ways to apply knowledge, meet challenges, and solve problems at complex levels.
NICS students take Bible as a core subject. In kindergarten, Bible stories from both the Old and New Testament are studied. The 1st-4th grade curriculum consists of a Bible survey and a worldview component. In the Bible survey, students study scriptural accounts of creation, including the fall and God’s redemption plan. The worldview component helps students form an understanding of God as the foundation of their lives. 5th grade Bible follows the study of good and bad choices as seen in the lives of Old Testament individuals.
Oasis students take character education as a core subject. The curriculum includes a study of 42 character traits that are foundational qualities. The list of traits includes the following: responsibility, respect, compassion, perseverance, integrity, and self-control. In addition, students become familiar with historical figures who demonstrated different character traits through their actions and their lives.
English Language Arts
Elementary English language arts focuses on the development of phonics skills (K-2), as well as writing and literacy skills with the application of Teachers College (Columbia University) Reader and Writer’s Workshop. Following the workshop model of teaching and modeling specific skills and strategies, students practice independently and share how they applied a strategy in their own reading and writing. Workshops further develop independence, confidence, and motivation in the students' reading and writing.
In elementary math classes, students actively approach each math concept in both whole group interactive lessons and in a small group math workshop model through games, activities, manipulatives, and more. The math curriculum is problem-based, and interactive learning continues with a wide range of concepts to prepare our students for the next levels of math learning.
The elementary science curriculum equips students to discover the infinite complexity and orderliness of the world, learn about themselves, and recognize their role as caretakers of the world. The curriculum provides students with experiences that help them learn about the world. Students are taught to practice the scientific method in order to gain a greater understanding of the topics studied. Units of study focus on life, earth, or physical science concepts.
Elementary students have the opportunity to share their culture and values with others and to learn about the global community through the social studies curriculum. Students are encouraged to develop a sense of community and expand to a broader understanding of the world through studies about culture, history, geography, and economics. Map skills are also taught at each grade level.
Korean & Mandarin
The goal of the elementary Korean & Mandarin program is for the students to begin acquiring skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing that will lay the foundation for future language study. Students also gain a greater understanding of culture and geography. Vocabulary and expressions are focused on a variety of basic units, such as greetings, family, introductions, numbers, food, animals, clothing, the body, and hobbies.
The media curriculum uses national standards from several sources, including the American Association of School Libraries (AASL). The media curriculum is taught in conjunction with grade level standards and integrated into content areas. The media curriculum also integrates technology skills into lessons that are taught by the Media Specialist, who develops subject content in collaboration with classroom teachers.
The emphasis of elementary PE is on moving through space and time. Students learn to perform a variety of fundamental locomotor and nonlocomotor skills. They also learn to manipulate objects with purposeful movement. Students begin to understand specific movements involved in dance, gymnastics, swimming, and individual and team sports. They also develop an understanding of human body systems and their functions.
K-3 students have weekly technology classes with a specialized technology teacher. 4th and 5th grade students experience technology instruction as it is integrated into core subject area instruction. Instructional emphasis is placed on digital literacy and citizenship, and in 4th and 5th grades, additional instructional emphasis is placed on developing keyboarding skills.
Visual & Performing Arts
All elementary students participate in visual arts and music classes. The focus is on teaching students to identify and apply the basic elements of art and music. Students are encouraged to express themselves, think creatively, problem solve, and appreciate the self-expression of others. Periodically, students will display their projects and perform for the school community.