National Honor Society
What is NHS?
Founded in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.
Membership is not automatic. It is an honor and is recognition of outstanding leadership experience, service to others and good character, as well as academic achievement. NHS inductees are selected by a five-member committee taken from the Carondelet faculty. Once a student is inducted into NHS, she is a lifetime member as long as she lives by the standards set by the National Honor Society. Members are expected to attend regular meetings, and participate in service projects with their fellow NHS members.
During the month of March, the National Honor Society will invite sophomores through juniors who are interested in becoming members and who meet the requirements, to attend an orientation meeting and complete an application form indicating their wish to be considered for membership.
To be considered for membership, applicants will be judged on the following criteria:
1. A cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better, to be confirmed by the Registrar’s Office.
2. Leadership experience in school and community activities.
3. Service rendered to the school or community at large.
4. Participation in co-curricular activities.
5. Good character as judged by others.
Application forms will be available at the two orientation meetings to be announced in early March.
Meeting Times & Location
National Honor Society meetings are held weekly during lunch on campus.
California Scholarship Federation
What is CSF?
California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is a statewide organization which honors outstanding high school students for their academic excellence. CSF is recognized by colleges and universities throughout California. Seniors who have been members for at least four semesters during their sophomore year, junior and one semester of their senior year, qualify for the Gold Sealbearer distinction. These seniors wear a gold tassel and cord at graduation, receive a gold seal on their diploma, and receive Sealbearer (Life) distinction on their final transcript. Seniors with six semesters of membership, one of which must be in their senior year, also receive a Highest Honor Certificate (100%). A CSF pin is also given to each qualifying student.
CSF eligibility for membership will be based on the previous semester grades. The application period will begin after the start of each semester and will continue for about two weeks.
The application process is rather simple as it consists of three lists that weigh academic required classes, academic electives, as well as other qualifying classes and activities (such as Concert Choir and Orchestra). Ten points must be earned (on each semester’s application by using no more than 5 classes) to be eligible; applicants are disqualified if they earn a D or F in any class that semester. The current membership/application fee is $3.00 each semester. Participation in school and community activities is encouraged, but is not required. Applications must be submitted by the designated deadline, retroactive membership is NOT allowed. Students must apply for membership each semester.
Freshmen may not sign up for CSF membership until after the first semester of their freshman year.
Important Changes to CSF by-laws as of November, 2010
1. Summer School courses will no longer count for membership
2. College courses will count the same as high school courses
Meeting Time & Location
CSF officers and the moderator meet for about two weeks at the end of each semester to process the completed CSF applications, and at other various times during the school year as needed. They meet, depending on their schedules, before school, at lunch or after school on campus.