There are three simple steps you'll need to take to establish an NHS chapter in your school. Please note that parents and students cannot apply to establish a chapter, though they are encouraged to share this information with their local school officials.
Step 1: Make a Commitment
There are a few things to consider and prepare before beginning the official application process.
Review the National Honor Society Constitution and ensure your school is willing to comply with its guidelines.
Select a chapter adviser. This faculty member will serve as the supervisor of the chapter, in charge of daily operations, file maintenance, and other duties (see Article VI). You may also designate a coadviser, though please note this carries an additional fee.
Appoint a five-member faculty council. The council will meet at least once a year to select new NHS members and review and revise chapter procedures (see Article VII).
Step 2: Complete a Charter Application
Alternatively, you can download the charter application here. (Virtual schools, please also download this questionnaire if not submitting online.)
The chartering fee is $125. Please note that nonpublic schools must supply proof of accreditation in the form of a valid accreditation letter or certificate from one of the organizations on this list, and that all applications require a principal's signature.
Please send applications with payment included to our national headquarters:
National Honor Society
P.O. Box 3250
Reston, VA 20195-1250
Step 3: Review Your Chapter Materials
Once your charter has been approved, you'll receive a letter of congratulations, a copy of the NHS Handbook, and other relevant information from the national office. After reviewing the handbook thoroughly, the principal, adviser, and faculty council should develop the following:
- Selection procedures, including a proposed calendar with induction date. This procedure must be published and available for review (see Article IX).
- Discipline and dismissal procedures, beginning with the guidelines outlined in the corresponding chapter in the NHS handbook (see Article X).
- Chapter bylaws, outline the obligations of membership, including participation in annual service projects (see Article XIV). We recommend you involve student leaders in crafting your local bylaws.