National Honor Society Overview

NHSThe National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.

Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: “To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.” (from the NHS Constitution). These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.

Members of the junior and senior class who have achieved a cumulative scholastic grade point average of at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale may be invited to apply for provisional membership of National Honor Society during the first quarter of the school year. Candidates will then be evaluated on the basis of scholarship, service, leadership, and character when being considered for admittance.

Both NHS candidates’ and initiated members’ course work shall reflect that which is regarded as college preparatory. Candidates and members must be enrolled in the suggested courses in at least 3 of the 4 core subject areas for the entire academic year. Please see the registration manual for such courses. Those enrolled in additional rigorous courses, such as AP Drawing and College in the Schools Spanish, will appear as stronger candidates in the application process.