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Join and Start a Chapter

Want to make a difference in your school and community? Join NSHSS and start a Chapter at your high school. NSHSS Chapters are a great way to develop your leadership skills, connect with peer scholars like you who share your same interests, and gain valuable community service experiences. When starting a Chapter, you'll implement your passions and ideas, learn by doing and reap the value of extracurriculars that universities and companies are looking for in candidates, and bring about change for the better. You’ll work with an NSHSS representative every step of the way and have access to valuable resources to help the chapter be successful! Create the pathway you and your peers want and the legacy you wish to leave behind. 

What's Next?

Start your journey today by joining NSHSS
After joining NSHSS, start a Chapter here
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Member Qualifications

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 (new exam 2016)*

1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*

26 ACT score or higher

Score 4 or higher on any AP exam

Total combined IB test scores of 40 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.


The process is simple and easy! You will have individual guidance from a designated NSHSS Staff Member to help you navigate starting a new club at your school.