National Honor Society Selection Process

  • Selection to the National Honor Society is a privilege awarded to selected students based on criteria established by the local chapter in compliance with national guidelines. Students do not apply for membership in the National Honor Society; instead, they provide information to be used by the local selection committee (herein, the Faculty Council) to support their candidacy for membership. This is not an election; however, neither is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified level of academic performance.

    In September of the Academic Year:

    • Eligible 11th grade and 12th grade students (those with a minimum weighted cummulative 3.8 GPA) are provided an invitation letter to apply to the National Honor Society from the adviser, via their homeroom teacher. *NOTE: No further consideration of academics is permitted under NHS guidelines. Therefore, class rank and GPA are not provided to the Faculty Council.

    • The application packet is available from the chapter adviser via this website only.  Hard copies are available via request only. 

    • Candidates are responsible to complete all sections of the application, including verification of the letters of recommendation and/or character references.

    • All completed, printed, and clipped applications must be turned in to the chapter adviser by 3:15PM on the due date of the application deadline. ABSOLUTELY NO extension will be granted under any circumstances. Incomplete applications will be given NO further consideration. Illness; Vacations; College trips; "Last minute" technology errors; Incomplete forms; Forgotten forms; Forgotten dropoffs and any/all other reasoning for a late application are NOT EXCUSED. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE DUE DATE AND TIME WHATSOEVER.

    • After submission, all applications are forwarded to the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council is a five member ad-hoc committee that meets to consider each application for membership. The NHS Advisers serve as facilitating, non-voting members of the committee.

      • The following process will be used to evaluate each applicant:

        1. The criteria of Leadership, Character and Service are evaluated using a four point rubric (available here). Additionally, Council members discuss the candidate's essays which are also scored on the rubric.
        2. The Faculty Council deliberates on the merits of each applicant’s leadership, character, and service, as provided in the application packet. 
        3. A vote is taken on each candidate after all rubrics and discussions are complete.
        4. Membership will be offered to those candidates receiving a majority vote by the five member Faculty Council. All votes are final.
        5. Students do not receive their applications back.

    • After the Faculty Council, all candidates are notified in writing, via homerooms, of the results of the selection process. Successful applicants and their families are invited to become a member of the National Honor Society, and

    • Successful applicants must participate in the induction ceremony to be considered an official member of the National Honor Society. Attendance is mandatory, so please plan on attending. The ceremony takes place on Monday, October 21, 2019 October at 7 PM in the evening in the Radnor High School Auditorium.