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National Honor Society

National Honor Society at Park Christian School

Park Christian Schools chapter of the National Honor Society is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students are selected to be members by a 5-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of our school each March.

Students in grades 10, 11 or 12 are eligible for membership in the spring. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate's leadership and service. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required. Our chapter of the National Honor Society has become a sponsor of the "Adopt A Highway" program and members are required to help with this project each spring and fall.

To evaluate a candidate's character, the Faculty Council uses two forms on input. First, school disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate's service activities, character, and leadership. These forms and the Student Activity Information Form are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or non-selection according to a predetermined schedule.

Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all newly selected members. The National Honor Society ceremony happens in the spring of the year, usually at 7:00 am with a parent speaker and is followed by a short reception. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings during the school year and participation in the "Adopt A Highway" chapter service project. In-School or Out-of-School suspension will lead to dismissal from the National Honor Society.

Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the Park Christian School office with attention to the chapter adviser, Miss Hoven, Park Christian Guidance Counselor.