You excel. You serve. You lead. You succeed. You have a true thirst for challenge … and accomplishment. Membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) may be an ideal fit for you! You can become a member through a local selection process that concludes with induction into the school’s National Honor Society chapter.
Through exclusive resources, programs, and services, members have a unique opportunity to prepare for college and career pursuits. Membership truly lays the groundwork for lifelong success.
How Can You Become an NHS Member? (Eligibility Requirements)
Students in grades 10–12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by our Chapter Bylaws 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:
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. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.) Carrboro High School has a minimum requirement of a 3.8 GPA.
This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation. Students at Carrboro High School are required to have at least 60 hours of community service recorded in the LetServe application.
DUE TO COVID-19 NHS HAS ALLOWED SCHOOLS TO SLIGHTLY LOWER THEIR REQUIRED HOURS. WE NOW ENCOURAGE STUDENTS THAT HAVE 30+ HOURS TO APPLY IF INTERESTED.
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.
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.
Students who meet the eligibility requirements will have an opportunity to complete a Google Doc detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, and character. This google doc will be available from September 7th until September 17th. The applications will then be reviewed and scored anonymously by selected members of the faculty (known as the Faculty Council). Upon completion of this blind review, the results will be reported to the Principal and the candidates will be notified about their selection or non-selection, as well as the date and time of the induction ceremony, within an appropriate amount of time. More information about the selection process can be found on pages 33 - 58 in the NHS National Handbook. *Please note that all students will be scored anonymously using a standardized rubric from NHS
Understanding the Obligations of Membership
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. Finally, an annual due is required for membership. At CHS the annual due for members is $15. Contact the chapter adviser (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask any questions and/or obtain a full list of the obligations of membership for the school’s chapter.