The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), in cooperation with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), officially launched the National Elementary Honor Society™ (NEHS) on Monday, April 7th. The new program will help schools give students in grades 4-6 national recognition for their accomplishments.

NEHS is designed to recognize the accomplishments and academic achievements of the whole child—including the ability to be a responsible student at school, at home and in the community.  The program is also designed to foster leadership development and to encourage the participation of elementary-aged students in service activities. “The National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society have done a tremendous job of giving outstanding students the recognition they deserve for excellence in some of the most important aspects of their lives. We are confident that the National Elementary Honor Society will enrich the education and the educational experience of younger students as well,” stated NASSP Executive Director Gerald N. Tirozzi.

“Whole child development is imperative for our schools to be effective,” said NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly. “The National Elementary Honor Society is a great way for schools to focus on this development and to recognize our young students for their accomplishments in leadership and service. We are excited about providing schools with the opportunity to participate in such a prestigious program and to help develop our nation’s future leaders.”

The Honor Society network is one of the most time-honored and well-respected student recognition and service programs in the country. NHS and NJHS have a combined membership of more than 1 million students represented in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam—in addition to more than 536 chapters overseas. Currently, students in grade 6 can become members of NJHS in the second semester of a school year, but NEHS would expand their ability to participate in an Honor Society program for an entire school year.  Any school containing grades 4-6 can establish an NEHS chapter. NASSP is in the process of taking applications from schools which will be designated as “Founding Chapters if they are established before June 30, 2009.

For more information on NEHS, visit where you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers for school administrators, students, parents and the general public. Updates on the progress of the organization will be released throughout the year.


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