What is the National Honor Society?
The 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.
1. As the first step in the process, students’ academic records should be reviewed to determine those persons who are scholastically eligible for membership. All students who have a cumulative GPA over a 4.0 during their Junior and Senior years are scholastically eligible.
2. Students who are scholastically eligible receive an invitation to apply for membership. Students receive a information sheet identifying the requirements of NHS and a candidate form to complete. Students are responsible for finding faculty members to give them a recommendation.
3. Faculty receive a request for a recommendation for each student that listed their name. Teachers rate students on leadership, character, and service within our campus. Recommendations have a faculty name associated with their submission, however remain confidential per NHS policy. It is important to note that the actual selection of new members must be made by a vote of the five appointed members of the Faculty Council. Consequently, point totals or averages of the faculty ratings are not to be considered as 'votes' or the sole determinants of membership, but should, instead, be reported to the Faculty Council to add to their information when considering selections
4. The faculty committee reviews the student's applications on the basis of leadership, service, and character of all candidates. Faculty council members are encouraged to deliberate in order to guarantee that their decisions are based on accurate and complete understandings of all information presented for review. With the vote on each candidate, those candidates receiving a majority vote of the faculty council should be invited for induction into the chapter.
5. Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter adviser is required to report the results of the faculty council's deliberations to the principal for approval. Lists of selected and non-selected students, as well as reasons for non-selection may be incorporated into this meeting. This will assure the support of the administration prior to any notification.
6. The chapter adviser will provide formal notification of all selected and not selected candidates and their parents to inform them in writing about selection and the timing of the induction ceremony.