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About the National Honors Society

Election to membership in the National Honor Society represents the highest honor and trust that can be bestowed upon a student in the junior or senior year of high school. The National Honor Society recognizes students for outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Membership in the society is indicative that the student has attained and is demonstrating and promoting all of these qualities, and is exerting an effort to improve conditions in the school and community.

Meeting the grade point average requirement of 3.2 is not the sole criteria for acceptance into the National Honor Society. You must provide evidence that you meet the qualifications of scholarship, leadership, service, and character, as well as a grade point average of 3.2, to be eligible for membership.

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Membership in the Duke Ellington School of the Arts chapter of the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for its benefits.

Selection of New Members:

  1. To be eligible for membership, the student must be a member of the junior or senior class. A student must have been in attendance at the school for an equivalent of one semester. The faculty council in consultation with the principal may waive this requirement.

  2. A student must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above – no final grades of a D or F in any class.

  3. The candidate shall then be evaluated based on outstanding character, leadership, and service. Candidates are to submit supporting information for this evaluation (see PDF of application below).

  4. The selection of members to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council based on the criteria detailed on the next page.

  5. The chapter advisor will review the selection results with the principal before notifying any candidates. The National Council of the National Honor Society and the NASSP shall not review the judgment of the faculty council regarding the selection of individual members to local chapters.

Information packets will not be accepted unless the following are submitted all together in a manila envelope:

  • All forms and all appropriate signatures

  • Typed essay

  • Two teacher recommendations in a sealed envelope (one art and one academic)

  • Official transcript

Download a PDF of the National Honors Society Application here:

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