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NSHSS Next Chapter

Connecting high-achieving student scholars

Over the past couple of years, we have had a groundswell of requests from National Society of High School Scholars members to connect with each other in their own schools and communities, and to better stay connected as they matriculate through high school and on to college and career. NSHSS is answering that call this Spring by piloting our #NSHSSNextChapter program.

NSHSS Chapters are student-led, and advisor-guided, groups of NSHSS members in their high schools that adhere to the NSHSS Chapter Constitution and Chapter Bylaws. 

Members will gain valuable leadership and team building skills, create lifelong friendships, and work together to make a positive impact not only in their local schools and communities but also with other chapters and members around the world, through the Ambassador program, and in online/social communities established to support their desire to grow together.

High-achieving students may have several choices when it comes to joining honors organizations or clubs, and joining NSHSS does not preclude a talented scholar from committing to any other organization that meets their interests and objectives. When there are many organizations serving a community, that community is better for it. 


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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.

What's Next?

1) Sign up as an advisor to charter a chapter in your school
2) Nominate an outstanding student for membership
3) Contact us about specifics for your school

Educators and Advisors benefit too...

NSHSS isn’t just for high school scholars. In addition to nominating exceptional students, educators have opportunities to apply for grants, attend educational events and earn recognition for their contributions to today’s youth. You must be a registered NSHSS educator or counselor to apply for all opportunities. 

  • Higher Education Grants
  • Conference Grants for Professional Development
  • STEM Educator Grants
  • NSHSS Educators of the Year
  • NSHSS Educator Alumni Grants and more!

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