Student Membership FAQ

How do I become a member of National Elementary Honor Society?
Students in grades 4-6 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership. Each chapter is required to publish its qualifications for membership, which is based on the four pillars of NEHS:

  • Scholarship
    Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
  • Responsibility
  • Service
  • Leadership

Students who meet the scholarship requirement will have an opportunity to complete a form detailing other accomplishments and attributes.

Are homeschooled students eligible for NEHS membership?
No. However, students enrolled in schools part-time who meet the requirements for initial review may be eligible for membership, if chapter bylaws permit.

If I’m not selected for NEHS membership, can I appeal the decision?
Yes, though only at the local level, through existing chapter procedures. The national office does not hear appeals for student membership decisions. Please keep in mind that NEHS membership is a privilege, not a right, and that your school’s faculty council has every authority to withhold membership.

Will I be notified if I’m not selected for NEHS membership?
Local chapters are strongly encouraged to notify nonselected candidates. Some chapters also provide explanations and counseling, but they are not required to do so.

How can I find out about my local chapter’s selection procedure?
All chapters are required to publish their selection procedure in a manner widely accessible to students, parents, and faculty (see Article 9 of the NEHS Constitution). Try looking in school publications or on your school’s website; if you’re still having trouble finding them, ask your local chapter adviser. Please note that the national office cannot provide information about individual chapters’ selection procedures.

If I transfer schools, does my NEHS membership transfer with me?
Yes, if you provide a letter from your former principal or chapter adviser confirming your membership—though you must meet your new chapter’s standards within one semester to retain your membership (see Article 8 of the NEHS Constitution).

Can I join NEHS via the national office/website?
No. All decisions regarding membership in NEHS chapters are handled at the local level.