The National Honor Society of Trivium School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes are eligible for membership and are selected to be members by a five-member Faculty Council, appointed by the Headmaster, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school.
For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. A history of leadership experience and participation in school or community service is also required. [We regard Trivium Service, Chorale, Fine Arts classes and special events held at school to be essential components in our evaluations.] In addition to Trivium School participation, candidates should have a minimum of 20 hours per trimester of other community service.
To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council uses two forms of input. First, school interim reports and disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character and leadership. The ideals outlined in the Student Handbook, especially those found on pages 18-22, are used as guidelines for evaluation. These forms and the Student Activity Information Forms are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or nonselection according to a predetermined schedule.
Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year, and participation in the chapter service project(s). Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations may contact the chapter adviser, Mr. Scheurer at Trivium School.