Feb 19, 2019

National Honor Society

  • Crimson Education
  • USA
Certification Club or Organization


The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization for high school students in the United States and outlying territories, which consists of many chapters in high schools. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship (academic achievement), leadership, service, and character. The National Honor Society requires some sort of service to the community, school, or other organizations. The time spent working on these projects contributes to the monthly service hour requirement. The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The Alpha chapter of NHS was founded at Fifth Avenue High School by Principal Edward S. Rynearson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

National Honor Society groups are commonly active in community service activities both in the community and at the school. Many chapters maintain a requirement for participation in such service activities.

In addition, NHS chapters typically elect officers, who, under the supervision of the chapter adviser, coordinate and manage the chapter as a student organization.

For more information visit the official website at https://www.nhs.us/

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

Grades 10–­­12



There are certain requirements you must fulfill to be considered such as a particular GPA average, community service, and examples of past leadership.

Participation Cost


It does not generally cost students anything to be part of NHS except if they decide to go on trips or to events. If the school is opening a new chapter it costs $385.00 per year. They can also assist you with fundraising if that isn't possible for your school to provide that amount up front.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Academic achievement and leadership skills required.

Time Commitment


Time commitment varies by chapter.
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.

Application Deadline


Application Process Includes

Contact your school for your corresponding NHS Chapter.