The National Honor Society chapter of the Buckeye Online School for Success 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, leadership, service, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students are selected to be members by a 5-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school each October.
Students in the 11th or 12th grades are eligible for membership. A student must be enrolled for a minimum of one full semester before he or she becomes eligible. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale with no rounding and have completed English I, English II, American History, Algebra I, Physical Science, and Biology. Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required.
To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council uses three forms of input. First, school disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership. Third, a candidate will be asked to submit two letters of recommendation from non-family members attesting to the candidate’s character. These forms and the Student Activity Information 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 non-selection according to a predetermined schedule.
Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held in Columbus, Ohio, at a central location, to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held twice a month during the school year, and participation in the chapter service project(s). Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the chapter advisor, Andrea Dobbins, via email at
or by phone at 866-642-9237 ext 1233.