California Scholarship Federation
The purpose of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is to foster higher standards of scholarship, citizenship, and service. Membership is open to students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. There are two kinds of membership: active and inactive.
In order to foster high standards of scholarship, eligibility is based on attributes defined by an academic point system (A=3; B=1, or A=4; B=2 if an honors class, for up to two honors classes). The total number of points earned must be at least 10 based on a maximum of five classes with an emphasis on UC “A to F” list. A ” D” or “F” grade, or poor reports of citizenship, disqualify the student.
Applicants who make the grade and citizenship requirements are considered inactive members. Although service is not a requirement for eligibility, service is highly recommended and is an additional requirement for consideration as an active member. To meet the service requirement for active membership, the student must provide three hours of tutoring service each semester through the school’s tutoring program. In addition, active members must participate in the organization’s meetings and activities.
Applications are accepted during the first three weeks of the semester. Students must re-apply each semester that they are eligible. Four semesters of membership, including one semester using senior grades, are required in order to graduate as a CSF Sealbearer. All Sealbearers will receive certificates of membership and the CSF Chapter Seal will be affixed to their diploma. Sealbearers who have been active members for at least four semesters will wear a gold cord at graduation.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is a national organization. The goal of each chapter is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, service, leadership and character among its members. It is sponsored by the faculty as a means of promoting, in our students, both academic excellence and school and community service.
Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades who maintain a 3.30 cumulative GPA are eligible to receive an invitation to seek membership in the NHS. After completing the NHS information form, final selection is determined by the Faculty Selection Committee and is based on the extent of the student’s commitment to service, leadership and positive character. To be considered for membership, the student must have contributed time consistently in the areas of Christian, school or community service and participated consistently in at least one of these categories: leadership; an athletic team; active school club or organization; other school or community group. They must have at least one hour of service per week of the semester.
Once selected, members are required to maintain a 3.30 cumulative GPA as well as their community and school involvement. This will be reviewed each semester by the Faculty Selection Committee. Students who fail to maintain the standards which earned their membership or who are put on disciplinary probation will be dismissed and will be unable to seek re-admission. Students who maintain continuous membership for four semesters will graduate as NHS Graduate Members signified by wearing a blue and gold cord at graduation. Students who maintain continuous membership for six semesters will graduate with cords and will have the NHS Seal affixed to their diplomas. Senior students who are members in good standing are also eligible to apply for special NHS scholarships.