Students will be considered as candidates for the National Honor Society if they meet the necessary requirements. High school students who exhibit excellence in scholarship, character, leadership, and service to their school and community are recognized with membership into this prestigious society.
To be eligible for membership, the candidates must meet the following criteria:
1. Be a second semester junior.
2. Be in attendance at NMSHS for at least one semester.
3. Have a minimum cumulative weighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.75.
* Grades are calculated from 9th grade through first semester of 11th grade and are not rounded up.
4. In addition to the minimum grade point average, the following are also required:
- Students should be enrolled in at least 4 academic courses each semester. Academic courses include science, language arts, world language, social studies, and math.
- No online courses for core academic courses will be considered unless the student can demonstrate extenuating circumstances (accident, illness, etc.).
- Must be enrolled in (as a junior for the entire year) and have completed 7 advanced, weighted, or AP courses from the following list:
-- Language Arts: Advanced 9th Grade English Language Arts, Advanced 10th Grade English Language Arts, A.P. English Language & Composition, A.P. English Literature & Composition
-- Math: Advanced Algebra I, Advanced Geometry, Advanced Algebra 2, Advanced Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, Calculus 3
-- Science: Advanced Physical Science, Advanced Biology, AP Biology, Advanced Chemistry, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Advanced Physics, AP Physics C, Research Seminar in Science
-- Social Studies: AP US Government & Politics (1 semester)/AP Human Geography (1 semester), AP World History, AP U.S. History, AP Macro (1 semester)/AP Micro Economics (1 semester), AP European History
-- World Languages: Pre-AP Latin 3, Level 4 or 5 AP of any language
-- Other advanced/AP courses: AP Art History, AP Music Theory, AP Computer Science, C++ Computer Programming, C++ Advanced Computer Programming
- Students are expected to continue challenging themselves academically during their senior year as well.
- Evidence of school and/or community leadership.
- Evidence of good character from the staff and faculty.
- Evidence of active participation in at least 3 school and/or community service/activities.
5. After student transcripts are reviewed, eligible students are sent an invitation to apply for membership. This invitation will include a letter home to parents.
6. All student names are presented to the faculty, staff & administration for character confirmation.
7. The Faculty Committee, by majority vote, decides on the selection or non-selection of a student.