National Honor Society

National Honor Society is a service organization devoted to scholarship, character, leadership and service. Members spend a year positively affecting the climate of the school, aiding students in their academic pursuits, helping organize school events; and giving back to the community through charitable service.  Members are expected to tutor fellow students, volunteer at school events and donate time toward helping a charitable organization.

 

Students are selected for membership in the National Honor Society based upon four criteria: scholarship character, leadership and service. At the end of the their fifth semester, members of the junior class who have been students at Ridge High School for at least one semester and who have achieved either a cumulative unweighted grade point average of at least 3.50 or cumulative weighted grade point average of at least 3.8350 and who have a disciplinary record reflecting academic and personal integrity, will receive a letter mailed to their homes advising them that they are candidates for the National Honor Society. In addition to meeting the academic criteria, National Honor Society requires its members to participate and lead activities both in school, and in the community, to demonstrate excellence in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

 

Students wishing to pursue membership must complete a detailed application which includes:

1) a Ridge School Activity Form (should be a current school activity), 

2) Disclosure of the 25 hour US History required community service form 

3) Community Service Activity Form (in excess of the 25 hour commitment required as a sophomore)

4) a copy of the student’s resume. 


Note that the School Activity form must must describe participation in the Ridge High activity and have the adviser’s signature. The Community Service Activity Form should describe a community service-related activity in excess of the 25-hours required during US History (though it can be with the same organization). Successful candidates must demonstrate varied interests in the completed forms. For instance, student's school activity should be different from their community service activity (i.e. one may be an athletic activity or one may feature playing a musical instrument). While employment should be listed on the resume, jobs may not be used as one of the documented activities.

 

Please understand that NHS membership is not guaranteed to anyone meeting the grade point average requirement. The final decision for admission is made by the faculty selection committee, which will review all applications and faculty evaluations. Students are advised by letter of the committee’s decision. * Students involved in an incident(s) of academic integrity may be declared ineligible for or removed from National Honor Society.