National Honor Society
Sponsor- Mrs. Federico
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
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
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.