National Honor Society




Students are first eligible for selection to the NHS in the second semester of 11th grade.  At that time, students must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.7.  Students must have completed a minimum of 30 hours of documented community service.  Honor society candidates must have demonstrated leadership skills and be of good character.  Please review each of these components carefully.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Beginning with the Class of 2020, the minimum GPA for NHS eligibility is 3.85.


GPA is based on final marks for ninth, tenth, and first semester eleventh grades and approved high school level summer school programs.


Student leadership, whether formal or informal, refers to a student’s ability to plan, direct, organize or otherwise take responsibility for activities that create a positive environment for their class, school or community.  NHS candidates must demonstrate positive leadership.


Character is determined by a survey of teachers.  Respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship are qualities valued by the NHS Faculty Council.  Incidents of cheating or plagiarism will result in non-selection to NHS.


Community Service refers to service that a student performs for the benefit of his or her local, national or international community.  Candidates must have a minimum of 30 hours of documented community service.  School and class related activities including fundraising do not count as community service.  Volunteer work for a company, unpaid internships and family obligations do not count as community service.

Many of our high school clubs & teams offer community service opportunities that benefit the greater community such as Project Paterson, Interact, Camp Raspberry, Robotics, TAC, Volleyball (Dig Pink), etc.  Churches, temples and civic organizations offer community service opportunities.  Volunteer work with disabled, poor or needy persons qualify as community service.

Community service must be performed during the student’s high school years.  It is recommended that students keep a log of community service hours and any certificates for documentation. 

For more information, please email Ms. Santo, NHS advisor at

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