Arlington Catholic High School National Honor Society

National Honor Society

National Honor Society



The National Honor Society

recognizes and fosters academic achievement while cultivating leadership, character, and service, qualities essential to successfully navigating this ever-changing world.

Students of Arlington Catholic High School are invited to apply for membership to the National Honor Society at the conclusion of the first semester of their junior year.

Potential applicants will receive an invitation to the Arlington Catholic Chapter of The National Honor Society if their cumulative grade point average is a 3.75 or above. Areas of qualification for membership include scholarship, character, leadership, and service. In order to be considered by the Faculty Council, the academically qualified students must complete the following items received in their Candidate Information Packet: Student Activity Information Form, written recommendation from a person outside of the AC community, and written recommendation from an AC faculty member. When the Faculty Council reviews students’ submitted materials, they consider the following criteria, but these criteria are in no way a checklist, they are only guidelines for consideration.


In the area of leadership, the student who exercises leadership:

  • Is resourceful in proposing new problems
  • Applies principles
  • Makes suggestions.


In the area of service, 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 interclass and interscholastic competition
  • Does committee and staff work without complaint
  • Participates in some activity outside of school (e.g., Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, religious 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.  


In the area of character, the student of character:

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior(e.g., cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
  • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, 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
  • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing an unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
  • Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment.


Upon selection , the students must maintain all the NHS standards, must complete five school-based service hours in their junior year, and complete thirty school-based service hours in their senior year, twenty of which must be completed by the end of the first semester. All service hours MUST be completed by May 1st for seniors and June 1st for juniors. Students who do not maintain and/or comply with the standards may be given a probationary period to improve their status prior to dismissal. A student who is dismissed or who resigns from the National Honor Society may never again become a member.

The dismissal procedure is as follows: Members who fail to maintain the standards, which were the basis for their acceptance, shall be warned in writing and given a probationary period to correct the deficiency. The faculty advisor will inform the member and his/her parents in writing of the nature of the deficiency, the length of the probationary period, and the consequences for lack of improvement. This notice must be signed by the parent(s) of the student, and returned to the advisor. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules (ex. cheating, stealing, etc.) or the law, a warning is not required for dismissal, but a hearing will still be held. If a member is dismissed, the member and his/her parents will be informed in writing and the student has the right to appeal to the principal.

Membership in the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed upon an individual, and thus a privilege. It is neither a position for which one applies nor to which one is elected nor a right of any individual. Those selected for membership are expected to uphold the integrity of NHS standards and comply with all requirements of membership.