The American Hebrew Academy is proud to be a member of the prestigious National Honor Society (NHS), affirming Academy students’ academic achievements, leadership skills and community service.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. Established in 1921, the NHS has developed into one of the most respected and recognized organizations working to promote well-rounded excellence in high school students.
Qualifications for Membership and Selection Procedures
In order to apply for membership in the Academy’s chapter of NHS, the following criteria must be met:
- Student must be a rising junior or senior.
- Student must have been enrolled at AHA for at least two trimesters prior to application.
- Student must submit an application form.
- Student must submit two recommendations, one from a member of the student’s House Team, and one from a teacher or advisor.
- A third recommendation from any member of the AHA community is optional.
- Student must provide adult (not parental) verification of service activities.
- An essay in support of the application is optional.
The application will ask the student to provide evidence of strong qualifications in the following categories:
- Academic Excellence: the student’s cumulative grade average must be 90 or above, with no grade below 87 and no citizenship marks below G.
- Service: the student must be able to demonstrate active community service beyond the 18 hours per year required for the AHA diploma.
- Leadership: the student must demonstrate active participation as a leader in school and community organizations.
- Character: the student must demonstrate high standards of honesty, integrity, respect, and concern for others.
- Activities: the student must demonstrate involvement in and commitment to extracurricular activities; depth of involvement is preferable to large numbers of activities.