Students maybe be eligible for application in the spring semester of their sophomore or junior year. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in March or April of that same year. Because NHS is such a distinguished organization, members must apply to a specific criterion. Eligibility for membership includes:
- A cumultative GPA of at least 3.7. (*Note: this grade point average will include any Vanguard or other advanced classes taken in middle school, such as Algebra I, IPC, or foreign language.)
- No P's in conduct.
Once a member has begun their NHS career, they must manage their membership with expected standards and involvement. Requirements to maintain membership include:
- Attendance is critical, missing 6 or more meetings results in penalty hours.
- A completion of 12 volunteer hours (six of which MUST be "inside" hours).
- Sustaining the required grade point average and conduct.