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.

Video Series

The GHI NHS chapter is offering a four-part video series titled, “The Guide to Upholding the Four Pillars of the NHS.” Follow the Upper School YouTube channel to hear advice from students on the topics of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.

COVID-19 Update

As the Great Hearts Irving Upper School moves forward during this time of extended closure, members of NHS can stay engaged in the following ways.

1. Create an NHS Account:
a. Visit nhs.us.
b. Create an account.
c. Use the GHI School Affiliation Code: 01083722.
d. Add Anticipated Graduation Year.
e. Create a password.
f. Once submitted, the GHI NHS Coordinator will confirm membership to allow students to access resources.

2. Students may visit the NHS Student Resources once their account is confirmed. Here, students can access webinars to prepare college applications and other resources for parents.

3. Serve the Community.
As service hours, members can sew and donate masks for first responders. Joan’s Fabrics is offering free tools, supplies, and guidance for making supplies to donate to America’s hospitals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the 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 volunteer opportunities here.
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.

Stay Connected

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