National Honor Society | NHS
What is the National Honor Society? The National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization for high schoolers (grades 10-12) that promotes leadership, service, character, and scholarship. There are over one million students participating in NHS activities today, in all 50 states and territories of the United States. The National Honor Society started in 1921 by an association of principals. It was the first honor society created across the country. At almost 100 years old, the NHS is one of the most well-known educational and leadership groups.
The Purpose of the National Honor Society The purpose of the National Honor Society is to elevate students’ and schools’ academics, leadership, and community engagement. NHS benefits students, communities, and colleges. Colleges have a way of seeing the academic and service commitment of an applicant through his or her membership.
How Can You Become a Member? To become a National Honor Society member, you must be invited as a sophomore or junior. You will be invited to apply after semester one grades are complete based on your GPA (3.85 for sophomores and 3.65) for Juniors. Once invited you will follow an application process that includes a teacher rating survey, proof of your leadership experiences and community service hours. To continue membership, students must continue to show academic commitment, leadership experience, service and good character. If you do not receive an invitation within 2 weeks of the completion of semester one grades and know that you qualify based on your GPA please contact the advisor.
To Continue Membership: Students must continue to show academic commitment, leadership experience, service and good character. Throughout the year, National Honor Society members must maintain a minimum of a 3.65 GPA, attend all bi-monthly chapter meetings and are required to volunteer 10 hours per semester and over the summer. Members are responsible for tracking their hours and submitting them on time. NHS members will be invited to exclusive leadership events such as state summits, national leadership conferences, as they become available.
Student service hours are expected over the summer for all current members.
Induction is held in the spring once semester 1 grades are complete.