Each year, Wesleyan holds a ceremony to honor and recognize the students who accept membership and are inducted into the The National Honor Society (NHS) or one of the Academic Honor Societies — National Art Honor Society, English National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Modern and Classical Languages Honor Societies, Ro Kappa, and the Science National Honor Society.

National Honor Society Supervisor

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    Knoxie Roche 

    10th Grade Girls Chair, Social Sciences Teacher

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society 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:

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  • National Honor Society Qualifications

    Article II

    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

    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

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

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  • Academic Honor Society Qualifications

    The qualifications for all subject-specific honor societies (excluding art) are as follows:

    • Must be a junior or senior
    • Must have completed one year of high school at Wesleyan.
    • More than 50% of the courses completed in the department at Wesleyan must be honors level or higher
    • Must be currently enrolled in an honors/AP course in the specific subject (or in the highest attainable course allowed within the curriculum for English or MCL)
    • Must have an overall weighted/unrounded average of 94 or higher in the specific subject (current year excluded)

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  • Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta)

    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 and Classical Languages Honor Societies

    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.
  • National Art Honor Society

    The National Art Honor Society programs inspire and recognize students with outstanding ability and keen interest in the visual arts.

    NAHS: A high school honor society for visual arts students in grades 9-12

    The purpose of the chapter shall be to:

    A. Inspire and recognize those students who have shown outstanding ability in art;
    B. Foster excellence and a dedicated spirit to the pursuit of art;
    C. Further creative abilities and talents of the Society’s members, as well as the school’s entire
    student art enrollment;
    D. Aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in an art area;
    E. Bring art to the attention of the school and community;
    F. Increase an awareness of art in relation to other areas of the school curriculum; and
    G. Further aesthetic awareness in all aspects of the school’s total program.

    National Art Honor Society Qualifications

    Section 1. Membership in this chapter shall be based upon art scholarship, service, and character.

    Section 2. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must be a high school student enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 in this school, and have completed a period equivalent to one semester of art in this school.

    Section 3. An eligible candidate shall have a minimum art scholarship average of B, or this school’s equivalent. This is the national minimum standard of achievement required for eligibility and shall remain fixed.

    Section 4. Members may remain active during such time when there is no art on their class schedule.
  • National English Honor Society

    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.
  • Rho Kappa

    The mission and purpose of Rho Kappa is to promote scholarship and to recognize academic excellence in social studies in secondary school environments and to encourage interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies.
  • Science National Honor Society

    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.