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National Honor Society

National Honor Society
Selection Procedure Description

The National Honor Society chapter of Poway to Palomar Middle College is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship (academic), service, leadership, and character. Students are selected for membership by majority vote of a five-member principal-appointed faculty council, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school each May.
Students in grades 11th and 12th are eligible for membership. For the scholarship (academic) criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Student must also be part of at least one student club/committee.  Each spring, those students who meet this criterion, and are interested in being a member, are invited to complete a Candidate Form that provides the faculty council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service.  
To evaluate a candidate’s character, the faculty council uses two forms of input. First, school disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the faculty provide input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership
Any faculty input and all Candidate Forms are carefully reviewed by the faculty council to determine membership. A majority vote of the council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or nonselection once this process is complete.  
Following notification, an informal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all the newly selected members. This will take place during a weekly ASB meeting. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection.