NHS Selection Process

NHS Selection Procedures:

In order to be eligible for NHS selection at Clayton High, a student must

  • be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade (9th graders are not eligible)
  • have been in attendance at Clayton High School for a minimum of one full semester
  • have a minimum cumulative weighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.800.

Students who meet these requirements will receive an invitation to participate in the selection process.  At that time, students are asked to complete an Intent Form indicating whether or not they intend to seek membership in NHS.  All eligible students are requested to complete the intent form, whether they intend to seek membership or not.

Please note: Students are NOT automatically selected for NHS membership based on scholarship (grades) alone!  Students are selected to join our chapter based on outstanding performance in four criteria set forth by the National Honor Society:

  • Scholarship
  • Character
  • Leadership
  • Service

A Faculty Council consisting of five (5) classroom teachers is responsible for evaluating students who wish to become members. The Faculty Council is appointed by the Principal each year. The NHS Advisor is a sixth, non-voting member of the Faculty Council.

Students who choose to participate in the application process are asked to complete and submit a Student Information Form, which includes sections for students to provide information regarding discipline issues, service activities, and leadership skills.  This information will allow the Faculty Council to make objective, professional decisions regarding selection of candidates based on the four criteria of NHS.

Once the Faculty Council has selected students for membership, students are notified in writing of their selection status.  Students will receive a letter regardless of whether they are selected for membership or not.

For those students who are selected for membership, an induction ceremony is held in which selected students officially become members of our chapter.  Participation in the induction ceremony is mandatory for all new members.

Clayton High School has two (2) selection periods each year:

  • During the fall semester (September/October), SENIORS (and only seniors) may be selected.
  • During the spring semester (March/April), sophomores and juniors may be selected.
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