Spiritual & Character Education

With a diverse community of families from over fifty countries, we emphasize both spiritual and character education in our classrooms, chapels and assemblies, at special events, and through service learning opportunities.

Middle School 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 students study character qualities throughout the year. The topics promote a holistic focus on character traits, understanding of self and the world, as well as the student's role in his or her life, others’ lives, and the success of our school.

Academic Classes

Bible

In middle school, students examine critical passages in the Old and New Testament. They explore key biblical events, characters, and the life of Jesus Christ. They also discuss God’s redemptive plan through Jesus and how to enter into a relationship with Him.

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.

Weekly Seminars

Chapel

Chapel allows students to take ownership of their faith through these basic truths: 1) I will love God because He will will never stop loving me, 2) I will follow Jesus because He knows me better than I know myself, and 3) I will live out God’s story so others can know who Jesus is.

Assembly

Oasis Assemblies take place with all Oasis students, hosting speakers and activities to engage students and equip them with lifelong skills. Through these activities, we grow in our understanding of character qualities together.

Emphasis Week

Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW)

SEW is a week filled with praising God in song, listening to His Word, and participating in spiritual discussions. Students have the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker throughout the week who teaches and encourages students to walk and live by faith in Christ alone.

Special Emphasis Week (SEW)

During SEW, students learn from a guest speaker. Recent topics have included service learning, seeing and creating the "lovely" in the world, and growth in character. Special elements include musical guests, a coffeehouse setting with food, or a service project.

Small Groups

Discipleship

Discipleship meetings are where students can study the Bible and gain a greater understanding of what it means to be followers of Christ. The faculty-led groups are divided by gender and grade level and strive toward building safe, supportive communities.

Small Group Advisory

Oasis Advisory is where a small group of students (usually no more than 10) meet with one teacher throughout the entire school year. Small groups enable students to connect with one another and help facilitate deeper discussions about each topic.

After School Activities

Praise Band

The praise band allows students to practice and play worship songs in middle school chapel. Weekly practices occur after school and give band members the opportunity to connect with God and other members by discussing Scripture and song lyrics.

Special Programs

Spiritual Retreat

The spiritual retreat occurs each September. The purpose of the retreat is for students to connect and build healthy relationships with their peers while participating in the weekend’s various activities. Students are also able to develop a deeper relationship with God.

Theme Nights

Occurring two to three times a year, a “themed” night is filled with wholesome activities in a positive environment. The evening consists of games, friendly competition, and a biblical message. Students are encouraged to dress in costumes appropriate to the theme.

Service Learning

The Immersion program provides both NICS and Oasis students with an opportunity to serve abroad over Spring Break. There are three foundational pieces of this program: spiritual growth and development, community service, and cultural immersion.

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