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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 recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
The NHS chapter at STEM School Highlands Ranch is open to Juniors and Seniors only, who meet the requirements for membership:
  • 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. 
  • Service
    This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Students who meet the scholarship requirement will have an opportunity to complete a form detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, and character. This application is available upon request by emailing the Society Sponsors. The application process begins in April and members are inducted in May for the next school year. A committee of teachers from each department gathers to read and discuss applications, followed by which each applicant receives a letter notifying them of their status. Elections for members of the presidency take place in May for the next school year (see on the right for the NHS presidency for the 2017-2018 school year). 

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. Members also must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community. Contact the chapter advisers to obtain a full list of the obligations of membership for the school’s chapter.

NHS @ STEM School Highlands Ranch uses a 3 strike policy. After 2 warnings, a membership can be revoked based on lack of involvement, or inappropriate conduct. 


If you are transferring from another school where you were a member of NHS

NHS membership is transferrable from one active NHS chapter to another. Simply get a letter from your current school’s principal or adviser verifying membership. Be sure you notify one of the advisers of your NHS membership within 30 days of enrollment. You will be automatically granted membership, but will need to meet the eligibility requirements of our chapter at STEM School Highlands Ranch within a reasonable period of time, usually one semester.  STEM School Highlands Ranch may have a higher cumulative GPA required for membership, for example.

Membership in NJHS does not transfer to NHS. The candidacy and selection for NHS and NJHS are entirely separate for each organization.

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