National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.

More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning and translate into the criteria used for membership selection:

  • Create enthusiasm for scholarship
  • Stimulate a desire to render service
  • Promote leadership
  • Develop character in the students of secondary schools.

Membership Criteria

Membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) is an honor bestowed upon a student in recognition of her academic diligence and noteworthy comportment.

Selection is by a faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service.

As stated in the Oakland Catholic handbook, only those students who achieve the necessary cumulative grade point average by the end of their sophomore year will qualify to apply for membership to NHS. The faculty council will then evaluate each candidate on the basis of leadership, service, and character.

Once selected and inducted, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate and uphold above-mentioned qualities.

Active NHS members are required to do a minimum of five hours of volunteer work every month and to show proof of this work to the chapter adviser.

Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.

Do not lose hope! If you are not academically eligible at the end of sophomore year, you will be reconsidered at the end of your junior year.

Questions?

For membership information or questions contact Dr. Doerfler at tdoerfler@oaklandcatholic.org