• Evaluation Criteria for Applicants

    National Honor Society

     Saddle Brook Chapter


    4 components of the application

    • Scholarship – GPA 3.8 (weighted)
      • must be obtained by end of Sophomore Year/1st MP of Junior Year
    • Character  –  voted by every faculty member (2x per year)
    • Service – 100 hours minimum (must be documented)
    • Leadership – 3 points minimum (must be documented )

    Junior Application Meeting mid-December of Junior Year 

    Junior Application Due Date: February 1st 

    Junior Applicants Notified 1st Week of March 

    Juniors who do not get accepted have a 2-week window to meet with NHS Advisors  to discuss application and what areas need additional criteria; they will have the opportunity to update their application in October of Senior Year

    Senior Update due by November 1st

    Senior Notification 2nd week of November

    Induction Ceremony takes place in the Spring of each year


    Leadership  (minimum 3 points needed) 


    • Documentation must be provided for ALL leadership activities whether or not they are school based.
    • Documentation must be a letter written by a supervisor or official on the letterhead of the organization. The letter should include as many specific details as possible including, but not limited to, the duration of the leadership activity, the specific total time of commitment, and the responsibilities of the position.
    • Students should collect all documentation relative to school activities during the academic year in which the activity occurs. This will prevent unverifiable documentation in the event that a staff member retires or resigns prior to the student application process.


    One Full Point-any activity that lasts for 1 year (minimum 10 Months)

    Editor                     Falcon Flyer – (layout /editorial/classified/managing editor)

                                     Yearbook (see Mr. Klein)

                                     Unicorn (literary magazine)

    Financial Advisor     Yearbook (see Mr. Klein)

    President / Officer     Student council

    President / Officer     Junior Class

                                               Senior Class

    Religious Education  Teacher Assistant (must be for 10 months)

    Girl Scout                  Silver Award

                                         Gold Award

                                         Troop Leader (not assistant)

    Boy Scout                  Eagle Scout Award

    Organize a Club     Start a new club and maintain it for the school year

    HOBY Winner

    RYLA Delegates

    Girls’ or Boys’ State Delegates

    Peer Tutor                  minimum of one hour per week for 8 months of the school year

    Mayor’s Youth Group   Participate in all activities for the year


    0.5 Points – positions that last less than one year (10 months)

    President / Officer      Sophomore Class

                                              Freshman Class

    Captain of a Varsity Sport (per Season)

    Drum Major  

    Peer Tutor                            minimum of one hour per week for 5-7 months of the school year

    Assistant Coach                 Rec Leagues (Examples: soccer, softball, baseball, dance instructor, track)

    Summer Camp Counselor        minimum 4 weeks 

    Summer Religious Education   Teacher assistant; not VBS

    Officer of a Club                  Must meet at least once per month such as Astronomy, Marine Science, SNHS,                                                                  Environmental Club, Math Club, NJHS, Glamour Gals, etc.

    Mayor’s Youth Group Officer Position       for a minimum of one year (additional 0.5 pt) 


    .25 Points – all other positions

    Band Section Leader

    Facilitator                          Stem Con, Marsbrook, Invention Convention (must be part of planning and organizing                                                          the event, not just working the booth on the one day)

    School Safety Team Student Member 

    Junior Achievement (per year); includes all JANJ activities/workshops

    Captain of a JV/Freshman Sport 

    Peer Tutor                      minimum of one hour per week for 3-4  months of the school year 

    Falcon of the Week

    Babysitting                       babysitting siblings is not included; must be a steady position  (a maximum of 0.25                                                                 points can be earned)

    SEL Committee


    Community Service  (minimum 3 points needed) 


    Community Service Hours               Points

    50                                               1

    75                                               2

    100                                             3

    125+                                           4


    • Validation must be provided for ALL Service Activities whether or not they are school based.
    • A letter written by a supervisor/official must be submitted on the letterhead of the organization. The letter should include as many specific details as possible including, but not limited to, duration of service activity, responsibilities of position, etc.
    • Approximately 50% of Service Hours should be for SBHS Organizations
    • If you get paid, it is NOT COMMUNITY SERVICE!

    All documentation should be sent to the applicant who will submit it with their application.  NOTHING should be sent to the advisors.