The below criteria and selection process represent the guidelines found in the national constitution of the National Honor Society (NHS).
Selection to the NHS is a privilege, not a right. Students do not apply for membership in the NHS; instead, they provide information to be used by the Faculty Selection Committee (FSC) to support their candidacy for membership. Membership is granted only to those students selected by the FSC on the condition of their having met the standards for selection.
Only junior and senior year students with a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) will be considered. Should the GPA requirement be raised in the future, previously accepted students will be "grandfathered" in.
Candidates who do not complete their Christian Service requirement to include the mandatory paper-work required by the Campus Minister by the posted due date will automatically be removed from, or not be considered for NHS membership, due to the obvious failure in service, leadership and character: hallmarks of the NHS.
Notice of prerequisite being met:
A list of new Senior and all Junior NHS candidates meeting the GPA requirement will be provided to all Senior and Junior homerooms, by which students can determine if they are eligible. They will also be notified by US Mail at the start of the new school year. Any student who believes he has been omitted should contact the NHS moderator.
Procedure for seeking selection to chapter:
A mandatory meeting will be announced and held for all interested candidates. They are to complete the Student Activity Information Form. This form outlines the candidate’s accomplishments in the areas of Service, Leadership and Character. Immediately following the mandatory meeting date, a maximum three (3) week time limit is provided for the completion of this form (must be completed and submitted) as a hard copy along with the required signatiures and turned into the Moderator.
The student and parent sign a certification (indicating that the content of the "Activity form" is both complete and accurate and that they have read understand and agree to the selection process as stated. In addition, the sections entitled Cocurricular Activities, Leadership Positions, Service Activities, Other Community Activities, and Work Experience, Recognition, and Awards also require the signatures of appropriate officials/personnel (exclusive of parents).
In addition to consideration of the information provided by the candidate on the "Activity Form," faculty will be invited to provide input and make comments on the candidates. Primary faculty input is solicited from the three teachers (which may also include administrators, coaches on teaching staff, moderators, and/or guidance counselor personnel in any combination), recommended by the student for contact as indicated on the "Cover page
" of the Evaluation Sheet for Membership.
Opting out of membership consideration:
Juniors and new Seniors with the prerequisite 3.5 GPA may opt out of consideration for membership in the chapter through one of two methods. The student and parent may sign the "opt out
" form by which they acknowledge that the student was a viable candidate for this round of selection, but respectfully declined the invitation to be considered. Submitting this form will not preclude the student from being considered in the next round of selection as long as he still meets the prerequisite qualifications established by the chapter.
Secondly, failure to demonstrate any interest in chapter membership by a) a failure to attend the mandatory information meeting, and b) failure to communicate with the Moderator, or c) failure to complete the three required forms for application will serve to indicate the candidate's lack of interest in being considered for membership. This would not preclude the candidate from being considered in the next round of selection as long as he still meets the prerequisite qualifications established by the chapter.
Make-up of the Faculty Selection Committee (FSC):
FSC membership is by invitation of the Moderator with Principal approval. (The Moderator is the sixth, non-voting, member of the FSC.) The Principal may also choose to appoint members to the FSC.
Responsibilities of the FSC:
The Student Activity Form (referred to above) will be reviewed by the FSC, along with any other verifiable information about the candidates relevant to their consideration for membership. In addition, consideration of the faculty ratings (see "Faculty consultation," above) will add to their information when considering selections.
Voting of the FSC:
After due deliberation by the FSC on each candidate, those candidates receiving a majority vote will be invited for induction into the chapter (contingent upon their timely completion of their Christian Service requirement - see above, Prerequisite). Those candidates who do not receive the majority vote of the FSC will be identified in writing, to include a list of those criteria not met by the individual candidate, to assist the Moderator in handling inquiries regarding non-selection. (For additional FSC responsibilities see "Discipline and Dismissal," below.)
All input from individual FSC members and teaching/staff personnel will remain confidential.
Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter Moderator will report to the school principal the results of the faculty council’s deliberations for approval. Upon request, the principal will be provided the reasons for non-selection of any candidate.
Notification of parents:
Formal notification of all selected candidates and their parents will be made in writing, to include the timing of the induction ceremony.
Discipline and Dismissal:
As scholarship, leadership, character, and service are significant components of membership, candidates (and members) who are notified of acceptance who subsequently do not meet additional service requirements, e.g., serving as a tour guide during Open House, and/or executing a "volunteer to tutor" form (See "Criteria of Membership
"), shall be warned by the Moderator and subject to additional service requirements.
In addition, members who fall below the standards that were the basis of their selection shall be warned in writing by the Moderator and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except that in the case of flagrant violations of school rules or the law, a member does not have to be warned.
If such deficiency is not corrected, the FSC upon the Moderator’s request shall determine by majority vote whether the member should be disciplined. (The Moderator is the sixth, non-voting member.) The Moderator will notify the member of such discipline, which may include "not walking," i.e., not being recognized at the induction ceremony, up to and including dismissal from the chapter.
In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the FSC. However, the final say on the content of the procedures is always left to the FSC. A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the FSC through the Moderator to the Principal. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) does not hear appeals in cases of dismissal.
Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.