From athletics, to prom, to honor societies today’s homeschoolers have more options than ever! The homeschool high schooler works hard and often has to be extremely self motivated. Most of what the homeschooler accomplishes is obtained through diligence and much effort. Every opportunity should be given for them to shine!
So what’s the big deal about honor societies?
The honor society is designed to enable students to show and improve their skills in “Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.” The honor society recognizes a student’s excellence among their peers. Many of our American honor societies invite students according to their academic rank, grade point average, a particular area of study, or even the completion of a ceremony or program. Yet, some honor societies allow entrance by invitation only while others accept applications.
There are different types of honor societies. Some societies honor specific fields or special circumstances, while others honor various levels of education. In most situations, the homeschooler would be recognized through a homeschool honor society or a main stream honor society that allows homeschoolers to participate. The honor society membership is beneficial to note on transcripts showing that the student was an above average student. Many specifically home school honor societies exist. In fact, there are quite a few homeschool honor societies representing various states and even various studies.
The most widely known and respected homeschool honor society is the Eta Sigma Alpha. This society was begun by a public school administrator who homeschooled her children. Since, the national honor society did not accept homeschoolers, she began the National Home School Honor Society to remedy that situation. Fourteen years later, this honor society has chapters in nearly every state and is widely recognized.
How to Apply…
The application process is usually quite simple, and includes a nominal fee. Students can apply to a local chapter of the Eta Sigma, or other societies; or they may start their own chapter. There are specific grade requirements. These requirements typically include a score of 1800 SAT, 26 ACT, or 180 PSAT. Students must also have a 3.5 GPA, submit an essay, sign a statement of faith, attend meetings, and include letters of recommendation.
The honor society is simply a great way to honor students for a job well done by giving them recognition and respect for their diligence and hard work.
Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]