National Honor Society

  • Upper Darby High School was granted Chapter Number 3000 for the National Honor Society of
    Secondary Schools on April 20, 1945. Membership in this chapter is based on scholarship, service,
    leadership, and character.


    The purpose of this chapter shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to promote worthy
    leadership, to encourage the development of character in the students of Upper Darby High School,
    and to reward achievement in these areas. To be eligible for election to membership in this chapter,
    the candidate must have been in attendance in this school for a period equivalent to one semester.
    Any member of another chapter who is a transfer student may become a member.
    Active members will be selected during their junior year, providing they meet the following
    required standards:

    • Juniors who are eligible must have a G.P.A. of 90, complete an activity sheet documenting six activities, and have four teachers/coaches sign a letter vouching for the candidate’s character.
    • The activity sheet is provided by the NHS advisor and will detail the candidate’s participation in six activities during his or her freshmen, sophomore, and/or junior years. These activities must fall in at least two of four areas, and may not exceed three in any one area, and must have taken place during a period of more than one year. The four areas that a student can participate in are: music and the performing arts, athletics, school clubs and organizations, and community service. In order for an activity to count toward membership, the candidate must have completed the season of the sport, and the year or duration of the club or organization. The Faculty Advisory Board will determine if an activity meets the requirements.
    • The Faculty Council shall review the character qualifications for membership. A letter of character will be provided by the NHS advisor on which the candidate must get the signature of four coaches, advisors, or teachers who will vouch for the candidate’s good character. The Faculty Council will also send a list of candidates to all members of the Upper Darby High School faculty, seeking their input regarding the character of each candidate. Candidates with a tier 2, 3, or 4 violation, 30 accumulated demerits in any one year, and/or a referral for cheating/plagiarism will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based on the violation.

    The election of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council consisting of five faculty members appointed by the principal, and the NHS advisor, as the sixth, non-voting member. Any member who violates the rules of this chapter shall be placed on probation or considered for dismissal from membership.