The application consists of three lists that weigh academic required classes, academic electives, as well as other qualifying classes and activities (such as AVID and Orchestra). Ten points must be earned (on each semester's application) to be eligible; applicants are disqualified if they earn a D, F or U in any class that semester. The points are based on the grades a student receives; three (3) points for each A, one (1) point for each B. If a student takes an honors or Advanced Placement (AP) class, they will earn a bonus point for the grade (i.e. A in AP Chemistry would be four (4) points, three (3) points plus the bonus point). There is a membership/application fee each semester. Participation in school and community activities is encouraged, but is not required for general membership; however, if a student earns Sealbearer status (membership in four semesters starting with their sophomore grades with one during their senior year), they may apply for the community service stole which is worn at graduation. The stole signifies that a student has not only achieved high marks in high school, but has also devoted a minimum of 50 hours to community service.
Applications must be submitted by the designated deadline, retroactive membership is NOT allowed except for grade changes by faculty. Also, the application deadline is very specific and set in stone. If the deadline is 3:00 p.m. by September 23rd, the application will not be accepted if it is turned in at 3:01 p.m. on September 23rd. The applications must be turned in by the applicant; no one else may turn it in for them regardless of the situation. The application period is 12 days long; plenty of time for students to handle their business.
Transfer Students: If a student transfers from another school in California and was a CSF member, they must notify advisers as the membership is transferable. If a student transferred from another school in California and was not a CSF member, they may not go back and apply for membership for semesters past; however, they may start the process at Peninsula if there are still four semesters in which they will attend the school. If a student transfers from another school that was not in California or the United States, they may earn retro-active membership based upon their transcript. Transfer students, PLEASE notify Mrs. Okamoto immediately so that membership may be handled immediately.NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY - PVPHS Chapter
Adviser: Mrs. Betsy Okamoto
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Students may apply for membership in either their junior or senior year (suggested application period is junior year). Candidate Information Packets (application) are available in H65 during the fall semester (September). The process by which students are selected is based upon the four pillars of NHS: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. The minimum GPA a student must have in order to be eligible to apply for membership in the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Chapter is an un-weighted cumulative one of 3.65 or higher with no unsatisfactory marks for citizenship.