NHS members are held to a high standard of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. If any member falls below these standards, they will be released from the group. Below are the guidelines NHS members are required to follow.
- The minimum grade point average allowable is 85%, B, 3.0, or the equivalent standard of excellence.
- If a Faculty Council decides to weight grades in recognition of the varying degrees of difficulty of courses of study, this weighting should be accomplished prior to the determination of the cumulative GPA in order to identify all students who have met the scholastic criteria prior to consideration of their leadership, service, and character.
- Rules such as "no grade below a B" are not acceptable.
- A failing grade is not an acceptable reason to automatically eliminate a student's candidacy.
- The student must be resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions.
- Demonstrate initiative in promoting school activities
- Exercise positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals
- Contribute ideas that improve the civic life of the school
- Be able to delegate responsibilities
- Exemplify positive attitude
- Inspire positive behavior in others
- Demonstrate academic initiative
- Successfully hold school offices or positions of responsibility; conduct business effectively and efficiently; demonstrate reliability and dependability
- Be a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities
- Be thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
- Be willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude
- The student who serves volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance.
- Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
- Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition
- Does committee and staff work without complaint
- Participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged
- Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
- Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students
- A student of character takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
- Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
- Upholds principles of morality and ethics
- Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, offices, halls, etc.
- Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
- Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
- Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
- Has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
- Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
- Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment