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Membership in The National Honor Society is “a privilege bestowed on students that display scholarship, leadership, service, and character to their school and community." Pursuant to NHS standards and guidelines, we are excited to share with all school members the expectations and membership qualifications for this organization. Following these guidelines, qualified students will be “tapped" and invited to join the NHS every year, with the induction ceremonies generally taking place during the spring and fall semesters.


Obligation of Membership

With induction into the Honor Society, a member assumes certain obligations as outlined by the local chapter. First and foremost, all Honor Society members are expected to maintain the standards that were used as the basis for their selection. In addition, the chapter must conduct a service project for the school or community each year, and each member must have their own service project each year they are members.

Chapters may choose to sponsor fundraising projects or involve themselves with the school to reach the chapter's goals established to encourage scholarship, promote leadership and service, and build character. In addition, regular meetings of the chapter are held to conduct chapter business and communicate with members. All active Honor Society chapter members are expected to support these and other chapter activities.

MAINTAINING STANDARDS of the TESGS NHS

  1. Scholarship: Maintain GPA of 3.5 or high and take academically advanced classes.a. Members must take honors and AP courses in the core subjects: Literature, Social Studies, Math, and ScienceFreshman: at least two honors coursesSophomore: at least one honors and one AP course or two honors coursesJunior: at least two honors and one AP course or one honors and two AP coursesSenior: one honor course and two AP courses, or three AP courses.
  2. Service: This quality is defined as a significant voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.
    • Complete an individual service project each year you are a member
      • Members should invest a minimum of twenty hours in the project. Members will make a proposal for their service project that must be approved by the advisor.
      • The individual service project needs to be completed by April 30, 2014.
      • Each member will have proper documentation for completing the project, from their sponsor.
    • Actively participates in the club service project.
  3. Leadership: Student leaders are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life.
  4. Character: A student of good character upholds principles of morality, ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, show courtesy, concern, and respect for others and generally maintains a healthy ethical lifestyle. A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
    • Avoids all academic dishonesty, including missing announced test or major project due dates.
    • Complies with school regulations: All of these discipline actions must be recorded and violations are to be addressed by the Upper School Principle, in order for the TESGS NHS faculty committee to review.
      • If a student has Type IV, III, or II violation, they will be dismissed from TESGS NHS. A written letter explaining the reason for dismal will be mailed to the student.
      • If a student has a Type I violation, they will be given a written warning, and will perform public service announcement. If a second violation of a Type I occur again within three months, the student may be dismissed from the TESGS NHS.

The Epiphany School of Global Studies National Honor Society Membership Qualifications

I. Membership into the TESGS NHS

  1. A student will be invited to submit a candidate form, if he/she meets the basic academic and character qualifications, which is determined by behavior reports on file at TESGS. The form is expected to be completed on time and submitted with all accurate information.
  2. Faculty and staff recommendations will be completed anonymously and submitted to the TESGS NHS Faculty Advisor.
    • TESGS faculty and staff will only review students with whom they instructed within the last twelve months.
    • Once all recommendations are received, the average score for each student will be determined, and those with a score of 3.5 or higher on the recommendation will be passed onto the TESGS NHS Faculty Committee for approval.
  3. Starting in spring 2016, for students to be eligible for TESGS NHS, they must be reenrolled at TESGS for the upcoming year.

II. Scholarship:

A. Only sophomores, juniors, and seniors are accepted as members.

  1. Student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the end of the school year.
  2. Only grades earned while enrolled at TESGS are used to calculate the cumulative GPA.
  3. Student must have attended TESGS for at least one full year to be considered as a candidate for membership.
  4. An NHS member who transfers to TESGS and brings a letter from the previous chapter advisor shall be accepted automatically as a TESGS NHS member. The transferred member will be required to meet the TESGS NHS chapter's standards at the completion of his/her first partial or full semester of attendance at TESGS in order to retain membership.

B. For spring 2015, members must take honors and AP courses in the core subjects: Literature, Social Studies, Math, and Science

    1. Freshman: at least two honors courses
    2. Sophomore: at least one honors and one AP course, or two honors courses
    3. Junior: at least one honors and one AP course
    4. Senior: at least two honors and one AP course or one honor and two AP courses.

C. For spring 2016, members must take honors and AP course in the following courses: Literature, Social Studies, Math, Foreign Language, and Science

    1. Freshman: at least two honors courses
    2. Sophomore: at least one honors and one AP course, or three honors courses
    3. Junior: at least one honors and one AP course, or three honors courses.
    4. Senior: at least two honors and one AP course or one honor and two AP courses.

III. Service: This quality is defined as significant voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, which are done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.

  • Dependable volunteer and willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
  • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders service request by the school
  • Participates in activities outside school, like Scouts, church or volunteers individual services
  • Represents the school admirably and honorably in school competitions

IV. Leadership: Student leaders are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and people who exemplify positive attitudes about life.

  • Applying principles and making suggestions when faced with challenges
  • Demonstrate initiative in promoting school activities
  • Exhibits positive influence on peers and inspires positive behavior in others
  • Able to delegate responsibilities
  • Holds positions of responsibility in clubs, advisory, or on teams
  • Demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work, during athletics or in other community activities

V. Character: A student of good character upholds principles of morality, ethics, and cooperation demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a healthy ethical lifestyle.A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

  • Graciously accepts criticism and recommendations
  • Exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior
  • Complies with school regulations, and therefore has not had a Type II violation within the past year. If a Type I violations has occurred within the past six months, three outside recommendations from a coach, drama, or dance teacher, employer, or leader in the community are required with the candidate form (Violations are in student records).
  • Avoids all academic dishonesty, including missing announced tests

VI. Appeal Process: If a student feels an error in reviewing his or her qualifications has occurred, he or she must complete the Appeal Packet within five days of the tapping process. Completion of the appeal packet must be timely so if an error has occurred, then the student can still attend the induction ceremony, which is typically scheduled within three to four weeks after the tapping process.

A. Appeal Packet:

    1. Obtain a copy of a transcript and copy of conduct record from the Main Office.
    2. Obtain three outside recommendations (not faculty or staff from TESGS or family members) from a coach, drama, or dance teacher, employer, or leader in the community.
    3. Basic candidate form completed

B. The TESGS NHS Faculty Committee will then review the appeal packet and either accept the member or give a written explanation within one week of receiving the appeal packet as to why the applicant was rejected.


C. If the appealing student is a sophomore or junior, they may qualify again in the future and may be accepted at a later date.


Printable Version - TES NHS Membership Application for Membership - For Print Obligation of Membership Form - For Print



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