The Northern Wake National Home School Honor Society consists of high school and middle school students who meet or exceed the academic standards for admission as established by the National Home School Honor Society. Located in Northern Wake County and established as one of the first home school honor societies in the Raleigh area, our mission is to encourage the development of an intellectual climate that will stimulate the exchange of ideas and ideals, foster scholarship, and promote academic excellence. We are also a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The organization is run by student officers assisted by adult advisors. We are friendly to people of all faiths and political persuasions.
Activities include monthly meetings with guest speakers, service projects, social outings, and other enrichment activities.
In order to join, students must be homeschooled and in grades 7-12. The minimum age is 12 as of October 27 of the given year.
Online testing may be used if given at a testing center or at a private tester's facility. Parents must not have access to the student, computer, or test materials while the test is being administered. Students must not have access to other electronic devices which may connect to the internet, email or texting during testing.
Students must supply proof of ONE of the following grade-level test scores administered after September 1 of the previous year:
PSAT 10: 1200
PSAT 8/9: 1200
Iowa Test of Basic Skills: 90% composite
Stanford: 90% complete battery
Terra Nova 2 (CAT 6) second addition: 90% total score
NOTE: The following tests are nolonger accepted:
Terra Nova Test
Please note that the national organization requires testing in either:
A group setting, or
A setting in which the test is administered by someone other than the parent.
In addition to meeting the required academic standards, NWNHSHS members are expected to attend a minimum of 6 monthly meetings (or two-thirds of the total monthly meetings) per year and provide a minimum of ten hours of community service, which may be obtained through the group's service projects or through individual volunteer opportunities.
The Northern Wake National Home School Honor Society meets monthly in North Raleigh on the fourth Thursday of each month from September through May. Meeting locations, while always in North Raleigh, are flexible and often correlate with the meeting's speaker or subject.
The induction of new members takes place in September or October. The end-of-year recognition ceremony and awarding of honor cords takes place in May.
Meetings typically consist of a guest speaker presenting a career or academic topic, followed by light refreshments and time to socialize.
Student officers plan and lead monthly meetings, service projects, and social events. All members are encouraged to provide input to the planning and implementation of NWNHSHS activities.
All members in good standing with at least one year of experience in NWNHSHS are eligible to serve as officers, contingent on their commitment to attend officer and full membership meetings and to carry out the responsibilities of the officer positions.
The NWNHSHS Service Chair will organize one service opportunity per semester. Members may complete their required service hours through NWNHSHS service projects or through service opportunities they identify independently. Members must report their service hours to the Service Chair by the April meeting each year. Members who meet or exceed twenty-five service hours and members who earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award will receive special recognition at the end-of-year ceremony.