National Honor Society (NHS) Chapter - from perspective of an online high school english teacher at International Virtual Learning AcademyThis piece of news about the National Honor Society (NHS)  was written by IVLA online high school English teacher and Success Coach, Mrs. Allison Halstead.


National Honor Society Through an Online High School

The National Honor Society has officially arrived at IVLA and I am so excited! Recently our 10th, 11th, and 12th graders had the opportunity to apply to be a part of this prestigious organization through our school.  They will be getting the results this month.

What is the NHS?

The National Honor Society (NHS) has been a trademark of student leadership, character, scholarship and service since its inception in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  Until then, no nationwide society of its caliber existed.  The NHS is unique in that it not only celebrates the successes of students in these categories, but it also pushes them to explore opportunities to further themselves and maintain their own high standards of their academic, community, and social careers.

Our NHS students will have opportunities to explore how to do service projects through an online high school where our student body literally comes from all over the world.  They will take unprecedented leadership opportunities at our school by hosting opportunities for service, socializing, and academic success for their peers.  It is my hope that they embrace and enjoy this experience and opportunity.

NHS Chapters Through an Online High School - They're No Different!

Though the NHS is common in brick and mortar high schools across the country, our students will have such a unique opportunity participating through an online school.  They will be a part of something not only prestigious, but innovative.  We have the opportunity to pioneer ideas for new experiences by doing this online. We are providing students with the opportunity to take advantage of NHS status and culture no matter where they live and no matter how they go to school.  How cool is that?

My intention with the students in the NHS is to foster opportunities to help them grow as whole students.  This is not just about high academic scores, though of course this is a factor.  This is about teaching students to become productive members of our society.  What better way is there to learn to do this in an online environment when this is where so much of their futures will be located?  In our international school, our NHS students will be working with and helping others on a global level.  My hope is that this will only grow.

IVLA Student Success & the National Honor Society

I am so proud of our students at IVLA.  They are doing so many amazing things in life; being a teacher for such a unique school, I get to learn all about it!  I want our students to take pride in their accomplishments and to take pride in our school.  But I also think that the NHS should take pride in having our students as its members.  We have such wonderfully diverse students worldwide to add to the NHS repertoire.  NHS is fortunate to have our students as much as we are privileged to be part of this institution.  NHS will benefit our students in college admissions, honors, scholarships and more.  I want them to be able to take advantage of all of the opportunities there are out there.  These are the students who will be future leaders and we'll be able to say we helped pave the way for them at IVLA.

How Often Can You Apply for Membership Through IVLA?

Finally, I would just like to remind students to keep trying.  If this message sounds appealing to you, but you don’t quite meet the criteria, work hard and try again.  We are going to have another opportunity to apply in the spring, totaling two application periods per calendar year.  Personally, I would love to help you meet your goals and see the NHS thrive in our wonderful school.  You, the students, are what make our school such a great place to learn! I know IVLA’s NHS chapter will bring so many of your thoughts, ideas, and skills to life.  We can’t wait to have you!


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