The National Honor Society has a very selective membership, limited to those students judged by a faculty council to be outstanding in the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students who have been invited to apply for NHS must submit a completed information packet which will be reviewed by a faculty council. The selection process takes place in the fall of each school year.
- Seniors or juniors with at least a 3.7 weighted GPA
- The student must have attended Carroll for at least one semester
- The student must have received nine or fewer demerits during each of the two previous semesters
In addition to the above requirements, the guidelines for NHS require that the faculty give input on the leadership, service and character qualifications of the candidates.
- Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility, conducting business effectively and efficiently, and without constant reminders of obligations
- Is responsible for overseeing activities in the classroom, extra-curricular activities, or in the community
- Actively participates in leadership experiences while working with or for others
- Is a forerunner in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities
- Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
- Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available and willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
- Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
- Participates in some activity outside of school. For example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged
- Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
- Performs at least 10 hours of service during the six months prior to the selection date. Upon induction into NHS, additional increments of at least ten hours of service are required for each semester until graduation.
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
- Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior
- Upholds principles of morality and ethics
- Cooperates by complying with school regulations
- Demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability
- Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others