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National Honors Society

National Honors Society


National Honors Society (NHS) is an organization affiliated with the National Association of Secondary School Principal (NASSP).  Students who qualify as NHS members for junior and senior year are recognized at Gabrielino’s graduation ceremony with a silver cord.


Eligibility Requirements

Students in grades 10–12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership.


Each chapter is required to publish its qualifications for membership, which is based on the four pillars of NHS:


  • Scholarship
    Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
  • Service
    This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
  • Leadership
    Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
  • Character
    The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.



In order to apply, students must complete the online form by Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:00 p.m. via the Google Form Late applications will not be considered by the Faculty Council. Students will be notified that they have been accepted by September 30th, 2020.



In order to be considered for the 2020-2021 school year, students must complete the application and maintain a 3.0 GPA (unweighted). The Faculty Council will review all applications and students who have been deemed eligible must show evidence of 20 hours* of community service by May 1, 2021.


*Please note that the service hours requirement has been modified for the 2020-2021 school year. More information about this requirement will be shared once the NHS list for this school year has been verified.