National Honor Society
  • Moderator: Ms. Wolpert
National Honor Society Requirements



Membership in the Franciscan Chapter of the National Honor Society requires a standard in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The Society recognizes the total student who excels in all these areas.

To be considered for membership, juniors and seniors must fulfill the following obligations prior to their candidacy:

• participate in SFP extra-curricular school activities;

• participate in on-going service to school and outside community (see below);

• achieve a cumulative average of 92%;
 • complete or be enrolled in at least three Honor/Advanced Placement courses; one within year of application.

Each candidate completes an application modeled on the National Honor Society norms adopted by the SFP chapter. 

Failure to adhere to specific deadlines or requirements nullifies the application. 


Accepted members are required to continue the above mentioned activities, complete 20 hours of service, maintain 

the minimum of 90% for both current and cumulative averages, and to live up to the promises and ideals made 

 in their Induction Pledge.  

Additionally, members must complete three Honors or Advanced Placement courses over the course of their four years. 

One of these courses must be completed during 11th grade. Adherence to SFP’s Honor Code and school regulations is 

expected of all NHS members and applicants. Violation of the Honor Code or repeated disciplinary referrals will nullify 

eligibility for admission and terminate active membership. Candidacy and admissions are the responsibility of the Faculty 

Council. The Faculty Council consists of faculty members appointed by the Principal. The Faculty Council reviews the 

candidates’ application forms and any other verifiable information about the candidates. Inductees must receive a majority of votes 

from the Council. Two reviews occur annually: seniors apply in September and juniors apply in November. The Induction 

Ceremony occurs in at the beginning of the second semester.

Service Requirements

Students must have completed 35 hours of combined service to the school and outside community to be eligible to apply.
A student can achieve this minimum eligibility in two ways: 

 1) Applicant completes 25 hours of continuous service with one community non-profit organization and 10 additional hours of service to SFP; or,

2) applicant must have completed 25 hours of combined service to SFP and 10 additional hours to outside community non-profit groups.

Example #1

Student served his or her parish as an altar server for a total of 10 hours during their 9th and 10th grades + 25 hours of service 

to SFP by assisting with an Open House (8 hours), Peer Tutoring (10 hours), and singing in the Liturgical Ensemble (7 hours). 

Example #2

Student volunteers at Ozanam Hall for 25 hours during 

11th grade + 10 hours of school service by volunteering at 

Presentation Soup Kitchen (2 hours), and Open House (8 hours).

“On-going” service = 25 completed hours with one non-profit organization. 

Completion of these hours can occur during summer or vacation.