National Honor Society

The Great Hearts Irving Upper School is excited to announce our affiliation with the National Honor Society (NHS) and the start of our first chapter. Since 1921, NHS has been recognizing the highest achieving students in grades 10-12. Today, NHS inducts more than 1 million members each year who make significant service contributions to their schools and communities. NHS has become a springboard for life for successful individuals—from public servants to media luminaries, Supreme Court justices, and sports legends.

What is the purpose of NHS?
The purpose of NHS 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.

How does a scholar get selected?
Students in grades 10–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership are eligible to be invited for membership.

Each chapter is required to publish its qualifications for membership, which is based on the four pillars of NHS:
1. Scholarship
Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence.
2. Service
This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation. See here for volunteer opportunities.
3. Leadership
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
4. Character
The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally, maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Three steps to membership:
1. Students who meet the scholarship requirements will receive an invitation.
2. They must complete a form detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, and character.
3. The Faculty Committee will review applications and send a letter notifying students who have been selected.

What are the scholars’ obligations as members of NHS?
Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. For example, there will be chapter meetings. The chapter bylaws should articulate the yearly meeting schedule and member attendance obligations. Members also must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community. Contact the chapter adviser to obtain a full list of the obligations of membership for the school’s chapter.

When will invitations be sent?
Invitations to qualifying students will be sent in February 2020.

We are excited about this new phase in our community’s growth, and look forward to the success of our scholars through NHS for years to come.

If you have questions please email our NHS Advisor, Celeste Wheelock, or the High School Counselor, Priscilla O’Neill.