The Academy of American Studies Honor Society has four pillars for success (scholarship, leadership, service, character) that are incorporated into our requirements for candidacy.
Scholarship: Juniors require a cumulative transcript average of 90.00 or better in June of their sophomore year in order to become a candidate for junior honor society. Students must maintain an average of 90.00+ in the fall semester of the junior year to be inducted in spring of their junior year. Admission into honor society as a junior does not automatically guarantee admission as a senior. Seniors require a cumulative transcript average of 90.00 or better in June of their junior year in order to become a candidate for senior honor society. Students must maintain an average of 90.00+ in the fall semester of the senior year to be inducted in the spring.
Leadership: Involvement in the school community is imperative in order for candidates to become good role models for their peers. Students must be active participants in student government, a school club, team or activity during the time of their candidacy.
Service: Students must complete 25 hours of community service in addition to the school requirement. Service can be accomplished both inside and outside of school. Each prospective student will receive a form to keep a record of his or her service. Service may not be done in lieu of classes but may be performed before school, after school, or during lunch. Prior to commencing a project, students should check with the coordinators of the Honor Society to ensure that the project will be accepted for service credit. Service will commence July 1 in between the semesters that a student is a candidate. ALL SERVICE MUST BE COMPLETED BY MARCH 15.
NOTE: THIS REQUIREMENT IS BEING WAIVED FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR.
Character: Students must demonstrate high standards of character including exemplary attendance. A dean’s record will disqualify candidacy. Students must attend the Installation Ceremony in order to be installed in the society.
Students who have not been in attendance at the Academy of American Studies during part of the evaluation period will be judged on an individual basis. Records from previous schools will be reviewed to determine eligibility for Honor Society.
At the Installation Ceremony, five Senior Honor Society students will be honored during candle lighting (themes: scholarship, leadership, service, character, family)