Selection to the National Honor Society is an honor and a privilege, not a right. Membership is granted only to those students selected by a five-member Faculty Council as exhibiting excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. The Faculty Council does not “vote” for or against any student. To be eligible for membership in the RTCA chapter of the NHS, students must meet the following criteria.
– Students must have a 93 (or higher) cumulative average based only on core academic courses in math, science, English, history, and foreign language. Grades for elective classes will not be counted. Grades for appropriate ninth-grade courses count toward the numerical average; however, students are not eligible for induction until after completion of the first semester of the tenth grade.
– Students who transfer to RTCA during high school must have completed three full semesters at RTCA before they can be considered for membership. Any NHS member who transfers from another school and brings a letter from the principal or chapter advisor will be accepted automatically as a member in the RTCA chapter. Transfer members must meet the new chapters’ standards within one semester in order to retain membership.
– Students must meet the minimum numerical cumulative grade average to be considered for NHS membership; however, grades alone do not determine selection. The National Constitution and the NHS handbook explicitly state that failure to follow this rule can result in the loss of the local NHS charter.
– The Faculty Council will consider a student’s commitment to excellence, in part, by reviewing the rigor of course work undertaken, a student’s record of community service, non-school-activity absences and tardies, disciplinary write-ups, including repeated failure to abide by the dress code, which is a reflection of leadership.
– Students who are being considered as new members should have a minimum of 15-hours documented community service from the previous year and have participated in at least one project overseen by the school’s community service director. Students who excel in service are expected to exhibit a desire to help others with no expectation of reward for themselves, to be willing to take on leadership roles in some projects, and to responsibly submit their hours served in a timely manner. The Council will also consider information sheets submitted by students.
– Students who are invited to submit information sheets but who are not selected by the Faculty Council in a given year may be reconsidered for membership the following year if they still meet the cumulative grade average and submit updated information.
Continued membership in the RTCA chapter of the NHS is based upon students maintaining the standards under which they were admitted. Specifically, they must maintain or exceed the designated cumulative grade average, complete and document a minimum of 15 hours community service, including participation in at least one project overseen by the school’s community service director, each year. They should continue to set an outstanding example for others through responsible and honest behavior, a cooperative attitude, and respect for school property, as well as for teachers and other students.
The grades and conduct of active members will be reviewed annually before that year’s induction ceremony. Any member who has fallen below the designated cumulative average will be placed on probation. Any member who has not continued to meet the minimum community service standards, or whose disciplinary record has become tarnished may also be put on probation. These students have one semester within which to correct the shortfall in order to avoid dismissal from the NHS. When inducted, members make a commitment to continued excellence in scholarship, leadership, character, and service.