Group/Activity: National Honor Society
Advisors: Ms. Moll (room D119) and Dr. Smith (room D116)
Grade Level: 11th and 12th
Meeting Schedule: Typically the first Tuesday of the month. Members are provided with a meeting schedule at the beginning of the year. Meetings are posted on the Algonquin Calendar, which is accessible from the homepage of the school’s website.
Fees: $20 annual dues
Prerequisite: Yes. Only students who meet the scholastic requirement of having a 4.0 G.P.A. will be invited to prepare a portfolio, which will be used to consider the students’ qualifications for membership.
Overview: To be eligible for membership, students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 4.0, and must demonstrate evidence of service to the community, evidence of leadership, and evidence of character. Students who are eligible for membership based on their scholastic performance will receive notification of their eligibility by postal mail and email after the first quarter of the school year. Upon receiving their notice of eligibility, students will be required to attend a meeting to learn about the process for assembling a portfolio, which will be used to consider their credentials for membership into Algonquin’s Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Acceptance into the Algonquin Chapter of the National Honor Society is based on scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Scholarship: Entering their junior year, students must have a minimum cumulative, weighted G.P.A. of 4.0.
The information that follows is excerpted from the National Honor Society Handbook (2016).
Leadership roles in both the school and community may be considered, provided they can be verified.
A student exercises leadership when he or she:
• Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
• Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
• Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals and spirit
• Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
• Is able to delegate responsibilities
• 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, or in other school or community activities
• Is dependable in any responsibility accepted
Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student that are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation. Students should have varied and consistent service. If a student is accepted into the Algonquin chapter of the National Honor Society, the student will need to maintain a minimum of 2 hours of service throughout the calendar year.
The student who serves:
• Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance, and is willing to make sacrifices to offer assistance
• Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
• Enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
• Is willing to represent the class or school in interclass and interscholastic competition
• Does committee and staff work without complaint
• Participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; religious groups; volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged.
• Mentors in the community or students at other schools
• Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students
A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
The student of character:
• Consistently exemplifies positive and desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
• Cooperates by complying with all school policies and regulations and codes of student conduct
• Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
• Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty, academic integrity, and reliability
• Regularly exhibits courtesy, concern, and respect for others
• Complies with instructions and rules, and displays personal responsibility
Algonquin’s guidelines for selection are based on the National Honor Society Handbook.
National Association of Secondary School Principals. (2016). National Honor Society Handbook (19th ed.).