NSHSS members share not only academic success, but also the drive to excel and the will to make a difference. As an NSHSS member, you will join a network of peers, as well as make connections with partner organizations, such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, United Planet, the CIA, and more. Our leadership programs--the NSHSS Collegiate Council and the NSHSS Fellows--foster special bonds and collaboration among diverse and high achieving students. These are the types of connections that enrich your life and help pave your way as you navigate beyond high school and on to your career.
NSHSS recognizes young scholars who have demonstrated excellence through their academic achievements based on objective criteria, including grades and test scores. Students must meet any one of the following criteria to be considered for membership.
3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
1280 SAT score or higher
1150 PSAT score or higher
26 ACT score or higher
Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
Total combined IB test scores of 36 or higher
IGCSE Grade A or higher
Top 10% rank in class
*Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted.