• The National Honor Society & the California Scholarship Federation
     NHS The National Honor Society (NHS)

    The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. 

    Eligibility Requirements
    Students in grades 10–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership. Each chapter is required to publish its qualifications for membership, which is based on the four pillars of NHS
     CSF The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) 

    A. To qualify for CSF membership this semester, follow these guidelines:

    1. You must earn a minimum of 10 points from last semester's grades.

      1. The first 4 points must be from LIST I (unless you are a senior applying for membership in February or June).

      2. The first 7 points (including the four points described in a ) must be from LISTS I and II.

      3. The remaining points may come from any LIST (I, II or III).

    2. You must use no more than 5 courses to qualify.

    3. No CSF points are given for physical education, courses taken in lieu of physical education, subjects repeated to improve a

      grade, courses involving clerking and office/teaching assisting, and courses taken on a pass/fail basis.

    4. CSF points are granted as follows:

      a grade of A = 3 CSF points
      a grade of B = 1 CSF point
      One additional point shall be granted for a grade of A or B in an AP, IB, or Honors course, up to a maximum of two such points per semester.
      a grade of C = 0 CSF points
      a grade of D or F in any course, even in one you cannot use to qualify, disqualifies you from membership at this time.

    B. Also remember:

    1. Semester membership is based on work done in the previous semester

    2. You must reapply each semester.

    3. Courses you may use are listed on the reverse side. They are divided into LISTS I, II, and III. 

    Semester dues: $5
    At a convention of high school principals in Oakland in 1916, Mr. Charles F. Seymour proposed a state-wide organization to honor outstanding high school students. The California Scholarship Federation was finally established in 1921. One of the functions of CSF has been to recognize academic accomplishment in tangible ways. Beginning in 1925, the Board of Directors initiated a program with several colleges and universities so that tuition scholarships were set aside specifically for CSF Life Members. Since the organization’s inception, approximately 1400 CSF (high school) chapters and 1200 CJSF (middle school) chapters have been approved. Today’s chapters continue to foster the recognition, motivation, and education of academically talented students.