Membership in the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. It is based on a student’s outstanding achievement in scholarship, service, leadership and character. In order to apply for the National Honor Society, the student must be a member of the school community at least one semester prior to applying.
- Scholarship: A student must be a 10th, 11th or 12th grader who has a regular cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher.
- Service: A student must demonstrate commitment to varied activities within his/her school and community.
- School: A student must participate in a minimum of 3 school sponsored activities per year of school attendance.
- Community: A student must earn 20 hours of community service per year of attendance. Community service activities are those which benefit others and for which a student receives no form of compensation.
- Leadership: A student must demonstrate leadership qualities in and out of the classroom.
- 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 3.50 regular cumulative grade point average. The student will then receive a letter indicating his/her candidacy and must attend a mandatory meeting where a full explanation of the selection process will take place. The student must complete an information form, verified by advisors/coaches/sponsors signed by the student and a parent/guardian and returned to a National Honor Society advisor by the date indicated on the form. The form is then passed on to the National Honor Society Selection Committee.
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 advisors to appeal the decision.