NHS Selection ProcessMembership in the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. Membership is based on the student’s outstanding achievement in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The student must be a member of the school community at least one semester prior to applying.1. Scholarship- A student must be a junior or senior who has a regular cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (unweighted)/ 4.875 (weighted) or higher.2. Service- A student must demonstrate commitment to varied activities within his/her school and community.3. School- A student must participate in a minimum of 3 school-sponsored activities per year of school attendance.4.Community- A student must earn 20 hours of community service per year of attendance or the equivalent total for years in high school. Community service activities are those which benefit others and for which a student receives no form of compensation.5. Leadership- A student must demonstrate leadership qualities in and out of the classroom.6. Character- A student must demonstrate the "six pillars of character": respect, responsibility,trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
A student is qualified to be a candidate based on a 3.25 regular cumulative grade point average. The student will then receive an email indicating his/her candidacy and they will attend a mandatory meeting where a full explanation of the selection process will take place. The student must complete an application, with service activities verified by advisers/coaches/sponsors. The form must be signed by the student and a parent/guardian and returned to a National Honor Society adviser by the date indicated on the form. The form is then passed on to the National Honor Society Selection Committee for review.
Evaluation forms will be completed by teachers, administrators, and school counselors to attest to a candidate’s leadership and character qualities. Discipline records of each candidate will be reviewed. A selection committee, composed of faculty members, will review all information and discuss each candidate before voting. A student selected for membership must participate in a formal induction ceremony to become an official National Honor Society member. In order to remain a member of the National Honor Society, students must abide by all chapter-by-laws and maintain the criteria for admission.
If a student is denied membership, he/she may submit a written request to the National Honor Society advisers to appeal the decision.