The purpose of the National Honor Society organization is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.
The NHS National Council establishes the national standards for all NHS chapters. Local chapters may create their own by-laws which must remain consistent to and in complicance with the NHS National Constitution.
Any student in grades 11 and 12 in a school with both an official Charter of the National Honor Society and an official affiliation with the NASSP Department of Student Activities is eligile for consideration for membership in the National Honor Society. All membership selection is handled through each local school chapter.
More than just an honor roll, the NHS chapter establishes rules for membership which are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.
||In February all 11-12 grade students academic records will be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility - students must have at least a 92 average.
||Students who are eligible scholastically will be notified, and told that for further consideration for selection to the NHS Chapter that they must complete the Student Activity Information form.
||The Student Activity Information form will be reviewed by the Faculty Council, along with any other verifiable information about each Candidate--additional faculty input, student records, etc.
||The Faculty Council will then, by secret ballot, vote on each Candidate. Candidates recieving a majority vote of the Faculty Council will be inducted into the Chapter.
||"Students who have a cumlulative grade point average of 92 Percent at LHS or a higher cumulative average, set by the local school's faculty council meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character ." (NHS Constitution, Article IX, Section 2)
||This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.
||Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem-solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activity while working with or for others.
||The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern and respect for others and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.