National Honor Society
- National Honor Society Philosophy
- The Pillars of NHS
- Induction Guidelines
- Timeline of Events 2023-2024
- NHS National Site
- NHS Application
National Honor Society Philosophy
Sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Honor Society (NHS) recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. NHS membership is recognized as a mark of distinction because it reflects students’ successful academic achievement and personal contributions to our school and community. At Mt. Lebanon High School, NHS is a service organization. Membership awards students the opportunity to serve our school and community through service projects.
The Pillars of NHS
Scholarship: To be eligible for induction a weighted, cumulative QPA of 3.8 or higher must be achieved. QPA will be evaluated at the conclusion of the fall semester of Junior year.
Leadership: Leaders organize, promote and facilitate. The NHS selection committee examines student initiative in organizing and promoting school activities, school spirit as well as community awareness and responsibility.
Service: Completion of community service is encouraged of all Mt. Lebanon High School students. Participating in the works of our school and greater community fosters values and citizenship, and provides our students with meaningful work, greater responsibility, and an enhanced sense of self. To serve one’s school and greater community is a privilege that should be approached with seriousness of purpose, good intentions, and gratitude. Eligible students perform significant service on behalf of our school and community without personal benefit. To learn about service opportunities at the HS, please visit our Community Service Page.
Character: NHS students consistently demonstrate respect, responsibility, academic integrity and good citizenship both in and out of school. Discipline and attendance logs are reviewed by the faculty council for all applicants.
- To qualify a student must be a junior or senior and have completed at least one semester at Mt. Lebanon High School.
- The Quality Point Average (QPA) must be a cumulative 3.8 weighted (including the add-on) according to the Mt. Lebanon High School guidelines and in compliance with the National Chapter regulations. The QPA will be based on the weighted system. All high school grades including those from your previous high school(s) will be included.
- All QPA's will be verified based on mid-year calculations.
For the 2022-2023 school year, a minimum of 30 hours of community service is required of Juniors and Seniors to apply for membership. The 30 hours should span all years at the High School. All community service must be submitted electronically. To learn about service opportunities at the HS, please visit our Community Service Page.
Service Requirements for National Honor Society for 2022-2023
- Quality Point Average is calculated in February.
- A parent/student notification letter (via USPS) is sent to all students who meet the 3.8 cumulative, weighted QPA requirement, inviting them to apply to National Honor Society.
- Group meetings are held for the purpose of informing prospective members of the goals and objectives of the National Honor Society and the selection process and requirements involving service, leadership and character.
- The completed application is submitted by the candidates who are interested in the National Honor Society organization.
- A five member Faculty Council, selected by Dr. Thompson, and under the direction of the National Honor Society Adviser, Mrs. Smith, reviews each candidate in terms of service, leadership and character. All names will be removed from the applications before review by the Faculty Council.
- A letter (via USPS) is sent to the parents and student notifying them of the selection. All applicants will be notified.
- A mandatory rehearsal and induction ceremony is held in early Spring.
MAINTAINING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
- The same requirements needed for membership must be continued to retain membership. These include maintenance of high academic achievement, acquiring a minimum of 10 hours of individual community service during senior year.
- Any single infraction of school policies may result in dismissal from NHS.
COMPLETION OF STUDENT APPLICATION PACKET
- All sections must be completed and appropriate verifications acquired.
- Online application must be submitted by established deadline for consideration.
- Any questions should be directed to the National Honor Society faculty sponsor, Mrs. Christy Smith (Csmith@mtlsd.net).
Timeline of Events 2023-2024
|Academic eligibility letters emailed to all juniors and seniors who have at least a cumulative 3.8 weighted GPA and who are not already members of NHS||Week of January 29, 2024|
Informational meetings are an opportunity to hear more about applying to NHS and for prospective candidates to ask questions.
February 7, 2024
7:30AM HS Library
Community service deadline for all new NHS applicants.*
March 1, 2024
|NHS application deadline
All applications should be submitted by 11:59PM on March 8; the application form will close at that time.
|March 8, 2024|
|The NHS Selection Committee will meet to review applications.||March 18-19, 2024|
|Notification emails will be sent to both parent and student accounts.||March 22, 2024|
April 4, 2024 7PM HS Auditorium
Rehearsal will be at 7:15AM that morning.
*NHS Seniors ,who graduate in 2023, must have 10 hours of service submitted by May 26, 2023 to maintain their membership and have the NHS designation in the commencement program.