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Admission Rubric

Students will be evaluated and selected by a faculty committee based on the following four pillars of membership:

SCHOLARSHIP (5 points):

Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least an 85. Teacher feedback forms will be used to assess academic integrity and initiative.

SERVICE (5 points):

This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation. Your community service experiences will be used in this assessment.

LEADERSHIP (5 points):

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. Your extracurricular experiences and essay will be use in this assessment.

CHARACTER (5 points):

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. The student’s attendance and disciplinary record will be used in the assessment.

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 must also participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community. See the website for additional details.                          

National Honor Society Pillars

The following is a list of descriptors for each of the four qualities that will be assessed from the resume, essay, and faculty comments.


  • 85 or above average
  • Demonstrates academic integrity
  • Polite and supportive of peers
  • Assignments demonstrate industry and effort
  • Assignments are completed on time
  • An active member of class discussions and activities

Service (*)

  • Participates in some activity outside of school such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, religious groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged

  • Volunteers altruistically for the intrinsic value of the service not in expectation of compensation

  • Enthusiastically assists in the day-to-day operations of the school (i.e., teachers, other students, maintenance and/or kitchen staff

  • Mentors in the community or students at other schools

  • Works well with others and willingly on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities

  • Complete assigned tasks with a mature and eager disposition


  • Serves in a position/capacity of leadership on a team, club, department, committee, etc

  • Takes initiative to go “above and beyond” what is expected or what one is asked to do

  • Inspires positive behaviors in others

  • Delegates responsibilities and encourages active, meaningful contribution from all group/team members

  • Is a leader in the classroom, at work, or in other school or community activities

  • Promotes a positive spirit/culture in all social relations

Character (*)

  • Consistently exemplifies positive and desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)

  • Cooperates by complying with all school policies, regulations and codes of student conduct

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously

  • Develops the highest standards of honesty, academic integrity, and reliability

  • Regularly exhibits courtesy, concern, and respect for others

  • Complies with instructions, rules, and displays personal responsibility

  • Has an exemplary attendance record: This includes being on time for both school and individual classes.

* With regards to service, the Faculty Council will look to distinguish commitment over the high school career as opposed to services for which students may only complete an activity once.

* In addition to the submitted selection materials, character will also be determined by school records (Missing the submission deadline can be a reason for non-selection – NHS Handbook, page 47).