Constitution and Governance

Local chapters of the National Honor Society (NHS) are governed by two sets of documents: the NHS national constitution and the local chapter bylaws.

The NHS national constitution was developed and is monitored by the NHS and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) National Council, which serves as the governing body of NHS and NJHS. The day-to-day administration of the Honor Societies is undertaken by the staff of the national office in Reston, VA.

All chapters must adopt and abide by the provisions of the national constitution, per their chartering agreement with the national organization. The NHS National Handbook offers additional information on items found in the constitution —including an outline for local bylaws—and provides guidance for advisers in applying the NHS constitution to their work with their chapters.

View the NHS National Constitution