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National Honor Society

National Honor Society

Updated and corrected information* – 10/1/20


National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization affiliated with the National Association of Secondary School Principal (NASSP).  Students who qualify as NHS members for sophomore, 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, students must, at minimum, 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.



Once the application has been approved by the Faculty Council, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA (unweighted). Students who have been deemed eligible must show evidence of 20 hours** of community service by March 26, 2021.


*This information has been corrected and updated from the previous posting.

**Please note that the service hour requirement has been modified for the 2020-2021 school year.