Honor Societies

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. The object of the Wesleyan School chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render school service, to promote worthy leadership and to encourage the development of character in the students of Wesleyan.
Every student inducted as a full member into the NHS has met and maintained the following qualifications:

National Honors Society Qualifications

Article II
Membership

Section 1. Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and graduate. Active members become graduate members at high school graduation. The graduate members have no vote.

Section 2. Membership in this chapter shall be based on scholarship, service, leadership and character as defined by Article III.

Section 3. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been attendance for one full academic year at Wesleyan previous to applying for membership.

Section 4. Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must be members of the junior or senior class. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative average of 90.0 (out of 100, weighted average for honor and AP classes.) in the six (6) core academic subjects (math science, foreign language, history, English, and Bible). No rounding of 89.5 and up will be permitted. The scholastic average of 90 is based on Wesleyan grades only. (No previous high school grades will be included in the average.) This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed and shall be the required minimum scholastic level of achievement for admission to candidacy. All students who can rise in scholarship to or above such standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection to membership. Their eligibility shall then be considered on their service, leadership and character.

Article III
Selection of Members

Section 1. The final selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the NHS Faculty Council consisting of five faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter advisor shall be the sixth, non-voting, ex-officio member of the Faculty Council.

Section 2. Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:
a. Student academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility (90.0 cumulative average in the six (6) core academic subjects)
b. Students who are eligible scholastically will be considered for further review for membership selection. The advisor will collect information on the student’s service, leadership, and character.
c. The leadership category must be met by being an officer or a club or organization. The student may also meet the leadership criteria by “ leading by example.” “Leading by example,” means the student follows the Wesleyan student handbook, quantitatively and qualitatively, and is a positive contributor to the school community.
d. The service category shall be met by a student who has consistent stewardship to the school as exemplified through clubs, organizations, athletics, and other service. The student’s service must be significant, meaningful, and sustained participation in an extra-curricular activity. (NOTE: This does not include outside school activities with churches, hospitals, charitable organizations, etc.)
e. The character category must be met by exhibiting character of a good citizen through integrity, honor, respect, and responsibility. Both discipline and honor records of the student must be acceptable in the following manner: A student must have not more than four detentions and no suspensions in the previous academic school year. No honor code violations can occur within the previous calendar year from the induction date.
f. The entire high school faculty shall be requested to comment on candidates determined scholastically eligible.
g.The Faculty Council shall review the student records and faculty comments for the selection of new inductees.

Section 3. The selection of active members shall be held once a year during the first semester of the school year.

Section 4. An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers from Wesleyan School to another school will be given a letter indicating the status of his/her membership and signed by the principal.

Section 5. An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers to Wesleyan School from another school will be reviewed by the Faculty Council according to qualifications for the membership into this chapter. A letter stating that student was in good standing when he/she left their other chapter must be obtained. This transfer member will attain membership within one semester and then must maintain the membership requirements for this chapter in order to retain his/her membership.

Article IV
Dismissal

Section 1. Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character or service may be dismissed from the Wesleyan chapter of the National Honor Society. A member of the National Honor Society is expected to maintain an active role in service and leadership to his/her school.

Section 2. If a member’s cumulative average falls below the standard in effect when he/she was selected (90.0), he/she will be given written warning and a time period for improvement. If the cumulative average remains below 90.0 at the end of the warning period the student may be dismissed from the chapter.

Section 3. An accumulation of four detentions within one school year, any school suspensions, conviction of honor code violation or conviction of a criminal offense will result in a dismissal hearing. Violation of criminal law results in dismissal of the student from NHS. These violations include, but are not limited to, DUI, stealing, destruction of property, honor code violations, truancy, and possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Section 4. The Faculty Council may dismiss any member whose personal conduct is questionable in accordance with the accepted norms of student behavior.

Academic Honor Societies were established to recognize those who excel in a particular subject area. Each of the four academic honor societies has developed an individual purpose statement provided in the list below.

National English Honor Society

Purpose
The National English Honor Society (NEHS) recognizes the academic accomplishments of America’s high school students and promotes their continuing interest in the English language arts. The mission of NEHS is to:confer national distinction upon secondary school students for high achievement in the English language arts; build a national community of academic achievers; provide, through local chapters, cultural stimulation in high school environments; encourage interest in the English language arts; and serve society by fostering literacy.

Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta)

Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to recognize the academic accomplishments of those students who have excelled in mathematics. The mission of Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Math Honor Society, is to promote interest and enjoyment in the subject. Mu Alpha Theta also wants to help others see the beauty and power of mathematics.

Modern & Classical Languages Honor Societies

Purpose
The Honor Societies of the Modern & Classical Languages at Wesleyan School are made up of students who have each demonstrated a deep appreciation for and interest in a second language and thus a second culture. “Any person who knows two languages is worth two.” Let your membership in this MCL Honor Society represent your continued interest in increasing your understanding of your own culture by learning to appreciate that of other cultures and of the past.

Science National Honor Society

Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to encourage participation in and recognition of scientific and intellectual thought, to advance the students’ knowledge of classical and modern science, to communicate with the scientific community, to aid the civic community with its comprehension of science, and to encourage students to participate in community service and, in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all mankind.

Every student inducted as a full member into one of the four academic honor societies has met and maintained the following qualifications listed below:

Academic Honors Socities Qualifications

  • Each member must be a junior or senior and have completed two years of high school at Wesleyan.
  • Each member must have maintained an overall unweighted and unrounded average of 88% or higher.
  • Each member must have and maintain an overall unweighted and unrounded average of 90 or higher in the specific subject.
  • Each member must have completed at least two years of honors and/or AP classes and be currently enrolled in an honors and/or AP course (in the specific subject).

Honors Society Supervisors

Leslie Grogan
lgrogran@wesleyanschool.org
678-223-2274

Annette Smith
asmith@wesleyanschool.org
678-223-22741