Currently, there are two Honor Society organizations which are either for homeschoolers or allow homeschoolers to join. The first is Eta Sigma Alpha, the only honor society designed specifically for home educated students. This group was established in 1999 after homeschool mom Joanne Juren found that homeschoolers were not permitted membership in National Honor Society. Now, there are dozens of groups around the country and at least three in Arizona. Membership requirements are simple–score in the 90th percentile on any national standardized achievement test (such as the IOWA, CAT, Stanford, PSAT, ACT or SAT). The groups in the Phoenix Arizona area are open to 7th grade and up, although the national charter allows for middle school students.
The second organization is the National Society of High School Scholars, which was founded in 2002 by Claes Nobel (of the Nobel Peace Prize family) and is open to all upper level high school students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA during high school.
What is The National Society of High School Scholars?
NSHSS is a member-based student organization. Its mission is to recognize academic excellence among high school students and to encourage members to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. NSHSS is not simply an honor society or recognition program; it is an association designed to connect young scholars with each other and to additional resources to help them succeed in scholarship, leadership, and service. Members of NSHSS enjoy connecting regularly through our online forums, attending Society events held at colleges and universities, receiving our monthly publications with valuable resources about college & program opportunities, and applying for scholarships.
How do I qualify for membership?
A student must be a 2nd semester sophomore, junior, or senior in high school with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better. NSHSS works directly with educators and educational organizations to identify students who may qualify. Students who we believe are qualified may be selected to receive an invitation from Mr. Nobel.
Qualifiying students must be nominated by the guidance counselor of the school, or by an approved person in the homeschool community who has verified the student transcript.
I have been qualified as a nominator, and can submit a student’s name after reviewing the coursework and transcripts. There is no charge for this service.
Please contact Holly Craw with any questions.