National Honor Society

Senior Application Due Date: Monday, September 18th, 2023

Junior Application Due Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2023

Members of the classes of 2024 and 2025 may apply for membership to the Jackson-Reed chapter of the National Honor Society.



What are the academic eligibility requirements?

  • A minimum unweighted grade point average of 3.0 (grades 9 -11)
  • No more than one 'D' grade on the student transcript (grades 9 -11)
  • No 'F' grade on the student transcript, except one 'F' in grade 9 (grades 9 -11)
  • A minimum of one semester of attendance (or 3.5 credits) at Jackson-Reed High School
  • Community Service hours submitted to your counselor and reflected on your transcript

What is the National Honor Society?

The National Honor Society (NHS) was founded in 1921 "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools." It honors the students at Jackson-Reed High School who epitomize its four pillars: Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service.

What are the benefits of membership?

Admission to the Jackson-Reed chapter is membership in a nationally recognized Honor Society that supports your school in celebrating scholars for their outstanding achievements in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Chapter activities provide the opportunity to nurture and grow these ideals within a scholar's self, school, and community. What better way to serve Jackson-Reed scholars than to help them improve their performance in a course in which you excel? The NHS Scholarship and other national scholarship programs also recognize member leadership and academic achievement. NHS regalia are part of the attire worn to graduation, as a recognition of this honor.

How are members of the Jackson-Reed chapter selected?

The NHS Faculty Council of the Jackson-Reed chapter reviews the applications of all sophomores and juniors who meet the deadline and academic eligibility requirements. A rubric developed by the Faculty Council is used to evaluate how well the four NHS pillars are modeled in each application. An average review score of at least 16 of 20 points (plus one bonus point for service of 100 hours or more) and an approving Faculty Council vote are needed for membership.

What criteria are used to judge the "four pillars"?

  • Character - Three teacher recommendations and their student character attribute ratings are reviewed. Questions about character raised by faculty are also considered.
  • Scholarship - The applicant's weighted grade point average is the primary factor used to evaluate scholarship. The student transcript is also reviewed for rigor or challenge of course work.
  • Leadership - Applicants are required to submit a brief essay detailing an experience with leadership and a planned leadership contribution as a possible member of NHS. A resume that lists work history and extracurricular activities is also required.
  • Service - Applicants write and submit a brief essay about one or two meaningful community service experiences that were completed before the start of their senior year.  A record of each service from the sponsoring organization on their letterhead stationery must be submitted as an attachment in the application.

How do students submit applications?

  • All application materials will be submitted using our digital submission form.
  • In addition, students will also need to get three letters of recommendation by Jackson-Reed faculty. Faculty members can submit their letters of recommendation using this link.

What help is available?

What does the Jackson-Reed chapter expect of its members?

Members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate the qualities of character, leadership, scholarship, and service that led to their selection. Attendance to meetings with chapter sponsors and participation in all chapter sponsored activities are expected. A minimum of 25 hours of academic tutoring is a required service to the Jackson-Reed school community. Member dues of $30 must be paid to the school bank upon notification of acceptance. Students who have been accepted into the National Honor Society are encouraged to create an account  to verify their participation in the society.

What is the timeline for applications?

  • Senior Applicants: Application Due Monday September 18th, 2023
  • Junior Applicants: Application Due Monday October 2nd, 2023

What is the timeline for announcements?

  • Senior Applicants: October 11th, 2023
  • Junior Applicants: October 25th, 2023


  • Ms. Munoz (Room 224) and Mr. Heckler (Room 215) can connect you to current members who can help you.
  • If you need assistance with your resume, please see Ms. Elizabeth Levenson, College and Career Center Coordinator, in Room 108A or email her at
  • If you have any questions about the application process, timeline, or any other concerns, contact the NHS Faculty Chair Ms. Daniela Munoz