Attention 2012 Seniors! The due date for submitting applications to the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society (Theta Alpha Chapter) is just around the corner. You need to apply by June 30, and you can get an application, along with an info sheet detailing what is required for membership, by emailing Carole Parma, Theta Alpha director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If applicants will put "NHS" in the subject box, that would be a big help.
Here are the basic requirements. An applicant must have a 3.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale (and a transcript MUST accompany the application) AND have achieved one of the following scores on any one of these standardized tests:
Iowa, Stanford Achievement or California Achievement Tests -- score in the 90th percentile on the composite battery, NOT the core total;
PSAT -- 180;
SAT (high school SAT, not the Stanford) -- 1800; or
ACT -- 26.
The test must be administered in a group setting and someone other than the parent must administer the test. There is a $10 annual membership fee, and after a student's application has been approved, the member must complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service. HOURS ACCRUED PRIOR TO THE DATE OF APPLICATION OR ACCEPTANCE WILL NOT COUNT TOWARD THE 25 HOURS. The bylaws will inform them of what is acceptable for community service, and members receive those after they have joined/been accepted into the society. A student can start working on accruing community service hours as soon as he or she has been accepted into the society.
If you are a senior interested in joining but are waiting on a test score (such as the May SAT), please contact Mrs. Parma about this. Her numbers are 296-7959 (home) and 604-6843 (cell). Seniors, membership in an honor society is a bona fide transcript/application enhancement; it's something colleges are looking for in their applicants. Don't miss out on the chance to add this to your transcript--plus get to wear the NHS shawl at graduation!--by missing the deadline!