NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Selection Criteria and Policies for National Honor Society Membership
Membership in the Revere Chapter of the National Honor Society is a privilege. This privilege is given to students by invitation from the professional staff. Decisions regarding membership are made by the NHS Faculty Council. Students will be evaluated annually in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Below are the standards through which these traits are evaluated.
I. Scholarship will be determined by grade point average. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.70 or above after their first semester of sophomore or junior year. Freshmen are ineligible for membership. Sophomores and Juniors who meet these criteria are invited to attend a meeting where information about membership is discussed and applications for admission are handed out.
Students who submit the Application Forms will be initially screened for membership based on the accumulation of points per the following criteria:
GPA (No Rounding Up)
4.0 or higher
3.90 - 3.99
3.80 - 3.89
3.70 – 3.79
3.60 - 3.69 (seniors only)
In order to promote school service and spirit at least one point must be earned through co-curricular activities. Eligible activities are to be listed, with points to be awarded.
Once the student has met his/her required points, the traits of leadership, character and service will be evaluated.
II. Leadership will be rated by faculty each year. Criteria for leadership include: active involvement in class, being resourceful in proposing new solutions, applying principles and making suggestions, exercising influence on peers in upholding school ideals, successfully holding school offices or positions of responsibility, and in promoting school activities. Students with lower rankings from the faculty are reviewed by the NHS Selection Committee based on the Information Form that is submitted for membership.
III. Character will be addressed by the faculty and administration each year. Teachers must have personal knowledge of a student's character and may not base their evaluation on hearsay or rumor. Any teacher or administrator with knowledge of unsatisfactory behavior may be sufficient to deny a student membership. Teachers will be encouraged, though not required, to report character violations in writing or through an office referral, especially those involving cheating and/or flagrant plagiarism. In addition, students who have committed a flagrant violation of school rules, Code of Conduct for Co-Curricular Activities, or a civil offense may not be considered for membership. Flagrant violations include, but are not limited to:
Any alcohol-related offense
Any drug-related offense
Plagiarism (Direct copying of another author's material, persistent omission of citations)
Forgery of signatures, falsified information
Out-of-school suspendable offenses
IV. Service will consist of at least 10 verifiable service hours for membership consideration.
Students will submit the NHS Revere Chapter Information Form by the required deadline for membership consideration. Compensation is not permitted for any service hours.
Eligible students are tapped for the Informal Induction Ceremony that occurs in February. A Formal Induction with family is held in March.
Students who are not selected for membership receive a regrets letter. Since membership in the National Honor Society is a privilege and not a right, specific reasons for non-selection are not disclosed. This policy is in accordance with the national guidelines.
Once inducted, an NHS member basically has 4 expectations.
1 – To maintain a GPA of 3.7 or higher
2 – To provide service to the school and community (participate in group volunteer activities and serve the school and community in other ways)
3 – To maintain a good character both within and outside of the school setting
4 – To attend the monthly meetings