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National Honor Society
Selection Process

Selection for Membership in NHS

Juniors will receive informational letters stating the requirements for NHS; cumulative GPA of 90.000, 20 hours of community service (served between Freshman year and March 1 of Junior year), positive leadership and character qualities.  NHS Community Service Record sheet(pdf)

March- Juniors with a HS cumulative GPA of 90.0 or above averages are invited to complete Information Packets.  Averages are calculated by the guidance department at the end of the 1st semester.  Eligible students will receive an email with further instructions.  Students are expected to check/verify their eligibility status with their guidance counselor or NHS advisors.

March/April- Prospective members submit Information Packets which will include the documentation of 20 hours of community service by specified due date.

April- Faculty is surveyed to review each prospective member’s character and leadership criteria.  Student disciplinary records may also be reviewed. 

April/May- Faculty Council meets to review Information Packets, teacher surveys, records and other information.  Decisions are made and students are informed in writing.  All Council decisions are final unless a technical error was made. 

May- Induction Ceremony will be held for new members.


Membership Obligations

Students must -

  • Maintain a GPA of 90.0 or above.  Student’s with averages that fall below 90.0 will be put on academic probation for 1 quarter in order to raise their average.

  • Complete 20 hours of community service for each year of membership.
    - The first 20 hours must be completed between March 1 junior year and end of 1st quarter senior year.
    - T
    he second 20 hours must be completed between beginning of 2nd quarter and the end of 3rd quarter senior year.
    - At least 3 of the 40 total hours must be done through an NHS sponsored activity.

  • Maintain the character and leadership standards.

  • Attend monthly meetings.  No more than 2 unexcused absences will be allowed.

  • Pay dues- $10.00 per year of membership- $20 total due by end of the 1st quarter senior year.  Student’s who cannot fulfill this obligation should speak with one of the advisors.

  • Failure to meet these requirements may result in membership probation or dismissal.                  


Discipline and Dismissal Procedures

If a member fails to perform any of the published obligations of membership, he or she will be given a written warning and a time period for improvement. If the obligation remains unmet at the end of the warning period, the student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council, which may include dismissal from the chapter.


In all cases of pending dismissal:

·         The member will receive written notification indicating the reason for possible dismissal from the adviser or Faculty Council. The member and adviser will discuss the written notification in a conference. Situations that involve flagrant violations of school rules or the law can warrant disciplinary action without a written warning although a hearing must still be held (see below).

·         The member will be given the opportunity to respond to the charge against him or her at a hearing before the Faculty Council prior to the vote on dismissal. The Faculty Council will then vote on whether to dismiss.  A majority vote of the Faculty Council is needed to dismiss any member.

·         The results of the Faculty Council vote will be reviewed by the principal and then, if confirmed, expressed in a letter sent to the student, parents, and principal.  Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the adviser.

·         The Faculty Council’s decision may be appealed to the building principal and afterwards through the school district discipline policy.

·         When a student is dismissed or resigns, he or she is no longer a member and may not be reconsidered for membership in the National Honor Society.


Leadership as Defined by NHS


  1. The student who exercises leadership:
    Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
    Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities
    Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals
    Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
    Is able to delegate responsibilities
    Exemplifies positive attitudes
    Inspires positive behavior in others
    Demonstrates academic initiative
    Successfully holds school offices or position of responsibility, conducting business efficiently and effectively, and without prodding, demonstrates reliability and dependability
    Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.

Character As defined by NHS

The student of character:
Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability) Upholds principles of morality and ethics
Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc
Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
Observes instructions and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness both inside and outside of the classroom
Has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
Actively helps to rid the school of bad influences or environment.


*Taken from the National Honor Society Handbook. Reston, VA: National Association of Secondary Schools Principals, 1987.