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What is NEHS?

NEHS is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in cooperation with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). This new program is designed for all elementary schools and includes two primary functions:

  • Recognizing the accomplishments of students -- the whole child, specifically the full range of a student’s academic achievements and the ability to be a responsible student at school, at home, and in the community.
  • Involving students as members participating in the activities of the chapter; and involving all students through leadership development and service activities, enhancing the ‘culture of achievement’ in the school. 


Which schools can establish NEHS chapters?

  • Schools that contain grades 4, 5, or 6 in all 50 states, DC, US territories, and other overseas schools. This includes K-8 and K-12 schools.
  • Public and non-public alike are eligible to establish a chapter. At this time, homeschools and virtual schools are not eligible to establish a chapter.
  • Schools that can meet the minimum staff requirement: three faculty members and a building principal/administrator (not one of the three faculty).


Which students are eligible for membership?

Students in grades 4, 5, or 6, enrolled in schools with an official, approved NEHS charter are eligible for consideration as Candidates for membership (those who are identified but not yet selected and inducted as members) in the Honor Society. Chapters can limit grade-level eligibility, for example, by indicating that the school will only induct 5th and 6th graders if they believe such recognition is only appropriate for the upper two grades.

(See additional questions below regarding membership requirements and the selection process for all chapters.)


What criteria will be used to select students?

The criteria for NEHS have been devised to be both age-appropriate and easily-understood by elementary students and parents. Scholarship and Responsibility are the initial criteria, followed by the development of Leadership and Service. See for detailed information regarding each of these criteria.


How does a school recognize new NEHS members?

Once selected and notified of that selection, students are inducted at a special ceremony. There are suggested formats for such ceremonies in the national handbook, but local chapters can devise their own, unique ceremony that reflects their school’s goals, priorities, traditions, and community values. It is hoped that the NEHS Induction Ceremony will become an important event on the school calendar


How does the national office support local chapters?

  • The NEHS National Handbook outlines the policies and procedures for local chapters. This publication will be updated regularly for all chapters.
  • A Web site ( for students, parents, and advisers.
  • Newsletters, in both print and electronic formats, to share ideas for chapter projects, leadership development, and other resources to build strong chapters at the local level.
  • Several additional resources, publications, and insignia to assist local chapters as they recognize and involve their new student members of NEHS.
  • A national staff to assist schools in establishing and maintaining their chapters.


Why was NEHS created?

NEHS provides schools with the opportunity to recognize student accomplishments and create a vehicle to involve all students in leadership development and service.

The idea for this new organization evolved from discussions between the leaders of NASSP and NAESP, two national organizations for educational leadership. NASSP currently administers two secondary-level Honor Societies, the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society, and will manage NEHS. NAESP has assisted in the development of the current structure and organization of NEHS.


What will the costs be to schools and students?

  • A chartering fee to establish the chapter – resources including a handbook and a formal charter document are provided for this fee Cost: $125 (this is a one-time fee as long as the chapter retains an active affiliation with the national office). A special introductory fee of $100 (a 20% discount) is available for schools chartering before June 30, 2008
  • The annual affiliation fee assures ongoing communications from the national office, mailings and other contacts with the chapter adviser, and other member benefits. Cost: $80 per year. Renewal invoices will be mailed each spring (beginning March 2009) to the school principal.
  • There are no costs to individual students. Local chapters may choose to charge membership dues (within reasonable limits, currently set at a maximum of $20 per member, per year for all chapters).


Where can I find additional information and how can I receive assistance from the national office?

  • Visit this web site,  
  • Review the contents of the NEHS National Handbook
  • Contact the national office staff located at NASSP (contact information found below)


Additional questions? Email or call the national office,, PH: 866-599-6347.


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