Students who have a predetermined cumulative Grade Point Average may be considered for membership in the St. Thomas More Chapter of the National Honor Society. Students in Grades 10-12 are considered for membership based on their cumulative high school average.
However, grades alone do not determine membership. Students must get recommendations from their teachers and document evidence of leadership, extracurricular activities, and community service. Students must demonstrate that they abide by the four pillars of the National Honor Society. These applications are reviewed by a Faculty Council and the applicants are notified of their decisions.
Scholarship is characterized by a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend the necessary time to cultivate his/ her mind in the quest for knowledge. This pillar can only be achieved through diligence and effort. Scholarship means always doing the best work possible, regardless of impending reward.
Service is the willingness to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition of any kind is a quality that is essential in NHS members. As a service club, the National Honor Society is highly concerned with giving its all to the school and community at large.
Leadership is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.
Character is the quality of upholding the principles of morality and ethics, being cooperative, demonstrating high standards of honesty and reliability, showing courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
In order to remain a member in good standing members maintains a GPA of 85 cumulative average and perform a minimum of forty hours of community service per year.
Transfer students who were inducted into another chapter of the National Honor Society are entitled to membership in our chapter. Transfer students who were not members of a National Honor Society must wait one full academic year to be eligible for selection into our Chapter.
Students who have a minimum of an 88 cumulative average may be considered for membership to the National Junior Honor Society. Students who meet these academic criteria may apply in Grades 8 and 9. However, grades alone do not guarantee membership. A Faculty Panel reviews the applications looking for evidence of leadership, character, and service. Once inducted, the member must maintain an 88% cumulative average to remain a member in good standing.