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Randallstown High School National Honor Society

The National Honor Society is a selective service organization available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have earned a cumulative 3.3 unweighted GPA through the freshman, sophomore or junior year of high school.  If selected for membership, students are then required to complete a minimum of 6 hours of service per year towards the betterment of Randallstown H.S.   NHS is an honorable distinction and the selection process is adhered to in a strict manner.

National Honor Society Selection Process

In order to be considered for selection, students must complete the RHS National Honor Society Application accurately and completely and submit it to the NHS Sponsor by the stated deadline.  No late applications will be accepted.  Students must obtain an application from the NHS Sponsor so that the student’s GPA can be verified prior to beginning the application process.  National Honor Society applications are released and accepted during the first and third quarters each academic school year.

Selection Criteria-

Once students have submitted an NHS Application, the selection process begins.  All students with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.3 are invited to complete an application.  If a student is not selected for membership in NHS, they may reapply the following semester/year as long as they have an unweighted 3.3 cumulative GPA.

As part of the application process, students must select two current academic teachers to provide feedback on the candidate.  Academic teachers must instruct the student in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or World Language.  Teacher Recommendation Forms must be returned directly to the NHS Sponsor by the teacher.  Information on the Teacher Recommendation Forms will remain confidential and will only be seen by the NHS Faculty Selection Committee.  The 5 member NHS Faculty Selection Committee (which includes the NHS Sponsor) will be appointed by the principal each academic year.  The NHS Faculty Selection Committee will review each application and the Teacher Recommendation Forms and will invite all qualified candidates to become NHS members.  All applicants will receive written notification of a decision from the NHS Sponsor.

Membership Requirements-

In order to be invited for membership into the National Honor Society students must meet the following requirements:

Scholarship: Students must have a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.3 or higher. This is a mandatory requirement.  Students who do not have a 3.3 cumulative unweighted GPA will not be given an application to complete.  The GPA will not be rounded to 3.3.

Service:  Students must have documented service experiences starting from day one of 9th grade in the areas of service to the school and service to the community. These cannot be the same hours that are used to fulfill the student service learning requirement for graduation and cannot be completed for pay. Students may not use any activity for which they receive a grade or credit.  Service experiences may fall under the following criteria:

  • Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance and is gladly available and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance to peers, staff members, or community members
  • Works well with others
  • Participates in some activity outside of school, for example Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged.
  • Mentors or tutors persons in the community or students at RHS or other schools

Leadership: 
A student who exercises leadership:

  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
  • Exercises positive influence in holding up school ideals
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
  • Is able to delegate responsibilities
  • Exemplifies positive attitudes
  • Inspires positive behavior in others
  • Demonstrates academic initiative
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability
  • Is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities
  • Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted

Character:  A person of good character demonstrates the following qualities, determined by the NHS, to be the Six Pillars of Character:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

Academic integrity is of utmost importance. Students who do not demonstrate academic integrity will not be selected for the National Honor Society.  As set forth the by the NHS, an NHS member must manifest truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.  He or she must demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and reliability.  This also includes maintaining good school and class attendance.

Please contact Ms. Boxley via email at kboxley@bcps.org if you have any questions about the National Honor Society.