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National Honor Society

National Honor Society

Sponsor- Mrs. Federico


Student Membership

National Honor Society (NHS) is more than just an honor roll. Each Honor Society chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. Thes criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.


Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 85 percent,B, 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent standard of excellence , or a higher cumulative average set by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character (and citizenship for NJHS).


This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.


Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn form school or community activities while working with or for others.


The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.


The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.

Once a school has established a chapter, all membership selection for individual students is handled through the local school chapter. Specific standards for these criteria may vary from one school to the nest. Such variations are acceptable as long as they do not fall below the national standards set by the National Council of the NHS and NJHS. All chapters are required to publish the procedures used in their local selection processes. The Honor Society adviser also maintains copies of the local procedures and has them available upon request.


Students in grades 10 through 12 in a school with both an official charter of the National Honor Society and an active affiliation with the national office are eligible for consideration for membership in NHS.

Students interested in becoming a member of the Honor Society should check with the chapter's faculty adviser at school. If no chapter exists on campus, more information is available on this site to guide school administrators or staff through the process of establishing a chapter.

All selection of new Honor Society members is undertaken at the local chapter (school) level. In schools that have a chapter, interested students can find out from the chapter adviser when they become eligible for membership (what grade level), and what the criteria for selection are. These criteria should exist in a published document that outlines the school's selection process. The selection process recommended by the national office includes the completion of an information sheet submitted to the adviser by all students who are identified by their academic performance as being eligible, or "candidates" for membership. Once a candidate is selected by the local selection committee, known as the Faculty Council, a student is awarded membership in the local chapter at a special induction ceremony.