Randolph High School, Randolph, NJ

How to Become a Member

The National English Honor Society (NEHS) is open to secondary students and select faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability in such areas as literary analysis, media studies, composition, linguistic study, and creative writing, and who meet the requirements of membership. NEHS does not offer individual student memberships; all members must be invited by an active chapter; however, schools (i.e., virtual systems) linked under a central administrative entity may apply.

Membership Invitation

Membership in NEHS is by invitation, extended through a local chapter on behalf of the national organization. Membership in NEHS is an honor bestowed on individuals selected for their accomplishments in the field of English and in overall academic achievement.

The NEHS Constitution sets forth as minimum requirements for active membership the following:

  • attendance at the school for the equivalent of one semester prior to being considered, or have been a member of the ELA Honor Society in their final year of middle school. If special circumstances merit, the Faculty Advisory Council may waive the semester regulation;
  • completion of the equivalent of two semesters of English prior to induction as members, or have been a member of the ELA Honor Society in their final year of middle school;
  • the achievement of a minimum overall and English grade point average of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent standard of excellence prior to induction as members; and
  • submission and payment of the new member enrollment via NEHS Connect.

These criteria may be raised, but not lowered, by the local chapter, but criteria must be based on demonstrable academic achievement; however, chapters may also consider recommendations, character, or letters of interest. It is very important that membership expectations be delineated in chapter bylaws that are made known to students, faculty, and parents/guardians.

Membership Fees

New NEHS members pay a one-time, $15 fee when enrolled into the Society, regardless of grade level when first selected. These fees, coupled with the annual affiliation fee ($65), fund all scholarships, grants, awards, and administrative costs.

For students who are receiving free/reduced lunch or those with unique family circumstances, NEHS does have a fee-reduction application Advisors may submit. The reduced fee is $5 for qualified students.

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