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National Honor Society


The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 to create an organization recognizing and encouraging student academic achievement while also developing characteristics essential to all citizens of a democracy. These ideals of scholarship, character, service and leadership remain as relevant today as when NHS was first founded. The Albert M. Goggans Chapter of NHS was founded at TVS in 1965.

Selection for membership is considered by many as the pinnacle of achievement in one’s high school career. It is an honor that carries with it the responsibility of continued demonstration of the founding principles of scholarship, character, leadership and service. To that end, membership selection is a privilege, not an entitlement. An NHS Faculty Council is charged with evaluating the candidacy of potential members through information submitted to them by interested and qualified juniors and seniors.


Membership Criteria for Current Members of NHS

1. There will be one formal induction in the spring semester at which the senior members will preside. Participation in both the ceremony and rehearsal is required.

2. Yearly dues are $20.

3. Membership, once extended, will continue until graduation unless the member fails to meet the standards set forth in the section below (Selection Procedure and Qualifications for Potential Members of NHS).

4. Any member who falls below the accepted standards of scholarship, leadership, character and service may be considered for discipline or dismissal from the chapter.

5. If a member’s cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.50, he/she will be given written warning and a reasonable time period for improvement. If the cumulative grade point average remains below the chapter standard at the end of the warning period, the member will be subject to further disciplinary action by the NHS Faculty Council that may include consideration of dismissal from the chapter.

6. Violation of school regulations, academic integrity or the school honor code will likely result in the consideration of dismissal from membership.

7. Once dismissed, a member may not be reinstated. The NHS Faculty Council may impose disciplinary sanctions in lieu of dismissal, as deemed appropriate.

8. Satisfactory to exemplary citizenship (as defined in the student handbook) must be maintained during the period of membership.

9. NHS members who transfer from other schools must meet the academic requirements for membership at TVS. Only the TVS GPA will be used to determine continued membership in NHS on this campus. Transfer members will be given a reasonable time to meet the community service hours component of NHS membership.

10. In all cases of pending dismissal, the member receives written notice from the NHS Faculty Council indicating the reason for consideration of dismissal. A copy of the appeal procedure is available from the Upper School administrative assistant. The member has an opportunity to respond in writing or in person at a hearing before the NHS Faculty Council prior to the Council rendering a decision. The Head of School (and ultimately the Headmaster) may intervene only if the member desires to appeal dismissal by the Council.


Selection Procedure and Qualifications for Potential Members of NHS

1. The selection of new members is reserved to and determined by the NHS Faculty Council.

2. Juniors, Senior and their parents will be informed during the month prior to selection that the NHS selection process will take place in January.

3. Sixty hours of documented community service must be recorded with the school’s community service coordinator prior to the consideration of membership in January of the current academic year. Transfer students should consult the Community Service section of the TVS Web site, but should have completed their required hours before seeking membership in NHS.

4. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above on a 4.00 scale.

5. Satisfactory to exemplary citizenship (acceptable to the criteria defined in the student handbook) must be maintained by potential members during the academic year prior to and the year of selection.

6. Appropriate attendance must be maintained by potential members during the academic year prior to and the year of selection.

7. To be eligible for membership, the candidate must not have had a violation of academic integrity during the current or preceding academic year.

8. Scholastically eligible juniors and seniors will be invited to submit an activity information form and personal essay for consideration by the NHS Faculty Council. The form reflects the degree and depth of community and school involvement of the potential member. It also requires the endorsement of adult sponsors who have direct knowledge of the activity described and the potential member’s involvement in it. Submitting the above does not guarantee selection nor is it to be construed as an application for membership.

9. The student activity information form and essay will be reviewed by the NHS Faculty Council along with other verifiable information about each candidate’s activities defining leadership, service and character.

10. Transfer students shall have been students of TVS for a period of at least one semester before becoming eligible for membership in NHS.

11. Candidates approved by a majority vote of the NHS Faculty Council will be inducted at a formal ceremony during the spring semester.

12. Inductees and their parents will be notified of selection to membership and provided information regarding the induction ceremony, obligations and privileges of membership and yearly dues ($20).

13. There is an appeal process for non-selection to membership. A copy of the procedure may be obtained from the Upper School Administrative Assistant.

14. The appeal must begin by notifying the NHS sponsor who, with the NHS Faculty Council, may interview the candidate before reconsidering and rendering a decision. The Head of School (and ultimately the Headmaster) may intervene only if the issue remains unresolved.

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