NHS Criteria and Selection Process

  • The National Honor Society prides itself for evaluating a student as a whole and not solely looking at a GPA. The first and foremost aspect NHS considers is commitment to service. NHS wants students who will uphold its principles of selflessness and commitment towards others. Another tenet of NHS is leadership. The National Honor Society wants those who have proven they take initiative and are driven to make their current activities a success. Academics are also very important to the NHS as it wants some of the brightest individuals.

    (UPDATED 2/13/2015) 
    The National Honor Society upholds very strict selection criteria. To be considered, a student needs to have the following (as a minimum):

    - 50 hours of community service throughout high school

    - Must hold a "substantial leadership role on campus" as well as demonstrate leadership qualities

    - Maintain a 3.75 non-weighted A-G GPA. Only Granite Bay course work will be taken into account.

    - Must be currently enrolled in at least one honors/AP/IB, and must have taken at least one of these classes each year beginning in sophomore year.

    *note: These criteria will not guarantee acceptance into NHS. They are the minimum requirements to get your application reviewed.

    If you meet these requirements, your application will be put through to the second phase of the application process. A panel of several teachers will review your application as well as your personal statement. Aspects considered are the types of service performed, as well as the commitment to the service, the types of leadership roles, and difficulty of classes taken. Most importantly, the character of the individual is weighted, both from the personal experience of the panel and your personal statement. Once reviewed, you will receive either an acceptance or denial letter as to your admission to the society. Good luck! 

How to Apply


    National Honor Society applications are available in Mrs. Bacharach's room #821.

    Applications are to be turned in directly to Mrs. Bacharach in room #821 by Tuesday, September 12th.

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