Honor Societies


Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta)

The Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society was founded in 1957 and is dedicated to promoting scholarship in mathematics and establishing math as an integral part of the high school education.
Students must be enrolled in Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors, Pre-Calculus Honors or any level of Calculus and must maintain a 3.5 minimum overall GPA. Students must show passion for mathematics as demonstrated with math related involvement outside of the classroom.  Students must demonstrate leadership and service to their school and community.

“I loved being a part of Mu Alpha Theta because it made an effort to get involved on campus. Being in the club was more than a title- we got to celebrate Pi Day with everyone and contribute to the community. It definitely amplified the experience.” – Alexxa Vasquez ‘16

National Art Honor Society

In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA; be nominated by the Awards Selection Committee of the school, be of good character, and have demonstrated sufficient talent and commitment to the visual arts.
Students who attain life membership in NAHS are entitled to wear a rainbow cord at graduation.

MODERATOR: Tim Lewis, Visual and Performing Arts Chair

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society honors nominated students who show creative and excellent scholarship and the willingness to cooperate and serve the school and community as future leaders in society. Students must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA, be nominated by the Awards Selection Committee of the school, have demonstrated service to their school and community, be of good character, and have demonstrated leadership. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to be nominated to the organization. Students who have the required grade point average may complete an information form for the Selection Committee to explain their co-curricular, leadership, community, and work activities. Completion of the form does not guarantee selection, but provides information only.

National Honor Society members offer tutoring opportunities to students on campus who may need some extra help in their studies. If you feel in need of some assistance, click here to fill out the application form to sign up for NHS tutoring.

To earn full NHS membership, a student must be named to NHS during 11th or 12th grade. Tenth grade students are named only as probational members. Life members may wear a blue cord at graduation. Students attaining life membership in both societies are entitled to wear both the blue and gold cords at graduation.

“Being a part of the NHS has really solidified my love for service. I love that through NHS, I have been able to impact the lives of so many within the Alverno community, and beyond.” – Alicia Lindheimer ‘17

MODERATOR: Megan Hoover, Director of College Counseling and Dean of Students

National Science Honor Society

The National Science Honor Society honors students who show excellent scholarship in the sciences. To be considered, students must be a junior or senior and maintain a minimum cumulative WEIGHTED GPA of 4.00 or above.

Eligible students must have taken a minimum of one Honors science class before eleventh grade (Honors Biology or AP Chemistry) and at least one additional Honors/AP science class (AP Biology, Honors Physics, or AP Environmental Science). Students must demonstrate involvement in science activities outside the classroom. SNHS will complete a minimum of one service projects each year, including science outreach events to encourage girls to choose science. Students who attain life membership in SNHS are entitled to a blue/gold cord at graduation and a pin. Eligible students interested in joining SNHS must complete an application form.

MODERATORS: Suzy Ares, Science Department Chair; Monica Barsever, Science Department

National Social Studies Honor Society (Rho Kappa)

Alverno is home to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Chapter of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. This Honor Society is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Rho Kappa provides national recognition for outstanding students, and encourages an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies.
The application process requires candidates to show participation in activities that demonstrate civic engagement in school or community.

To remain a member of RHO KAPPA Social Studies, a student must meet the following criteria: • Maintain a 3.0 yearly cumulative GPA. Students must also maintain a 3.0 GPA at the end of each academic semester.

MODERATOR: Kari Irvin, Dean of Faculty, History Department Chair

World Languages Honor Society

The Alverno Heights Academy World Languages Honor Society is an honor society which recognizes and celebrates high achievement in language study at the secondary level. Membership in the World Language Honor Society is based on exceptional performance in the study of Languages other than English. Candidates will be chosen by the Department Chair and World Language faculty members.

Members are required to participate in activities such as meetings, tutoring, community service, etc. The World Languages Honor Society member exhibits enthusiasm for language learning and takes advantage of opportunities to use another language outside of the classroom. She displays a sincere appreciation for other cultures and is accepting of cultural differences.

The World Languages Honor Society member has and maintains a 96% in a World Language courses and is currently enrolled in a language course.

MODERATOR: Giselle Grams, World Languages Department Chair

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