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US/ National Honor Society Qualifications
Posted 12/05/2011 03:11PM


The National Honor Society recognizes 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who meet the required standards of the national organization.

The Gloria Hoffman Snyder Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools at Parish Episcopal School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students are selected to be members by a five-member Faculty Council, appointed by the Head of the Upper School. New members are inducted each May.

For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale. Beginning with the Class of 2013 and continuing with all subsequent classes, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Those students who meet the scholarship criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. A personal history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is required. For the service criterion, at minimum a student must have completed the number of community service hours required of PES students and have submitted the documentation for those service hours to the Director of Community Service.

For the character criterion, the Faculty Council reviews school disciplinary and Honor Council records. A student who has a major disciplinary or Honor Council violation on record within a given school year (including violations occurring during the summer months) is not eligible for selection to the National Honor Society for that year. Members of the faculty and staff are also solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service, character, and leadership. These forms of input and the Student Activity Information Forms are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection according to a predetermined schedule available from the chapter adviser.

Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain or exceed the level of performance in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings during the school year, and participation in the chapter service projects.

Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the chapter adviser.

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