National Honor Society
Advisor: Melanie Clarke
The National Honor Society is a group of students committed to academic excellence.
Requirements for Acceptance:
Scholarship: Students must be entering 11th or 12th grade. They must have a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.75 or higher and have completed or be enrolled for the upcoming school year in 4 of the following courses:
- Honors American and Honors British Literature
- Accelerated Biology or Accelerated Chemistry
- Accelerated Geometry
- Level II Foreign Language
- Any Advanced Placement or College Credit Course
Service: This quality is defined through the numerous voluntary contributions made by the student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous attitude. 24 hours of community service must be completed to be considered for NHS. The minimum hours must be completed by September 1st of the induction year.
Leadership: Students must demonstrate leadership in promoting school activities, exercise positive influence on peers in upholding school rules, and inspire positive behavior in others. The student must be actively involved in at least 3 co curricular activities.
Character: Students must demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and reliability. The student must show courtesy, concern and respect for others. No student will be considered who has had a school code of conduct violation during the calendar year of their induction. The calendar year includes the induction ceremony date and the 12 previous months. Example: the calendar year for the Class of 2012 would be Oct 2009 - Oct 2010.
Requirements to maintain membership in NHS:
- You must attend the NHS Induction Ceremony.
- There are $10 NHS dues; they are due prior to induction.
- You must complete at least 16 hours of community service to maintain membership. Eight hours must be completed before January and eight must be completed before the end of May. (For exact deadlines, see signed student and parent contracts). Failure to maintain hours may lead to dismissal from NHS.
- You must attend all meetings. All are mandatory.
- If you drop below a 3.75 cumulative GPA. you will have one trimester to bring it up, if you do not, you will be dismissed from NHS.
- If you have a code of conduct violation from the date of the Induction Ceremony until graduation you will be dismissed.
- If you are suspended from school for any reason from the date of the Induction Ceremony until graduation, you may be dismissed from NHS.
- NHS is a great honor. You should be proud of your accomplishments, please plan to be an active member. Remember unlike other school organizations you cannot join NHS, you must be asked to become a member.
Membership into the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. Its goals of scholarship, leadership, service and character are the basis for NHS selection. Although it an honor, membership also carries an obligation to continue to demonstrate those outstanding qualities of academic excellence, character, leadership, involvement, and service to community.