Start a Chapter

In just three simple steps, a school can establish an NHS chapter. (Note that parents and students cannot apply to establish a chapter. Please share this information with local school officials.)

Step 1: Prepare to Apply

There are a few things to consider and prepare before beginning the official application process.

  1. Review the National Honor Society Constitution and make sure your school is willing to comply with it.
  2. Select a chapter adviser. This faculty member will supervise the chapter—its operation, files, and other duties.
  3. Appoint a five-member faculty council. The council meets at least once a year to select new NHS members and review and revise chapter procedures.

Step 2: Complete a New Chapter Application

Complete an application online.

You can also download the new chapter application here. (Virtual schools, please also download this questionnaire if you are not submitting the application online.)

The annual fee is $385. 

Nonpublic schools must supply proof of accreditation (an accreditation letter or certificate from one of the organizations on this list) and the principal's signature on the application. 

Step 3: Get Ready to Begin

The national office will notify you by letter once your chapter is approved, and you’ll receive welcome materials. Once your chapter is approved, you will have access to the NHS Handbook and member-only portions of this website. These resources will help your chapter to develop:

  • Chapter bylaws, including determining membership criteria and an outline for completing service projects.
  • Selection procedures, including choosing an induction date for new members. You’ll need to publish selection procedures and make it available.
  • Discipline and dismissal procedures. Begin with policies found in the NHS Handbook and National Constitution.
  • Chapter service projects, meetings, and other activities to build and support an active chapter at your school.

As you await approval, we encourage you to browse this website and become more familiar with the nation’s best known and most respected student recognition program.

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