National Honor Societies


International Thespian Society


National Art Honor Society


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NHS for Dance Arts

International Thespian Society

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The International Thespian Society (ITS) has been honoring excellence in the work of theatre students since 1929.  Thespian troupes serve students in grades 9-12, and Junior Thespian troupes serve students in grades 6-8. There are currently active ITS troupes in more than 4000 high schools and middle schools in the US and Canada.

Oregon Thespians has been a long standing Chapter of ITS and maintains a prominent an active presence at national and international EdTA events.  Each troupe is led by a Troupe Director who is a professional member of the Educational Theatre Association.  Students earn an invitation to Thespian Society membership on the basis of their achievements in the school's theatre program.

DIRECTOR:  Shaun Hennessy

Eligibility Requirements:

Induction is awarded in recognition of meritorious work in theatre arts and achievement in academic requirements.

  • Minimum of 10 points (each point equates to 10 hours of excellent quality of theatre - 2 full-length or 1 full-length & 2 one-acts or 4 one-act productions).
  • Hours need to be in at least 2 of the society listed categories.
  • Honors - 3.0 Cumulative GPA by completion of 10th grade or later.
  • Good attendance, academic performance, behavior and community service projects are expected.



National Art Honors Society



The National Art Honor Society is a visual artist scholar club.  It honors students' creative intelligence and dedication. Students are expected to maintain a specific GPA average in both art classes and academic core classes.  Students participate in Art Activities - Art Day (mentoring BSD 3rd graders), Art is My Voice (ACMA's annual visual art exhibition), exhibiting their artwork in venues across the Beaverton community and hosting visiting artists to present and discuss their work with club members.

ADVISER:  Mr. Gottshall

Eligibility Requirements

Section 1. Membership in this chapter shall be based upon art scholarship, service, and character.

Section 2. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must be a high school student enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 in this school, and have completed a period equivalent to one semester of art in this school.

Section 3. An eligible candidate shall have a minimum art scholarship average of B, or this school’s equivalent. This is the national minimum standard of achievement required for eligibility and shall remain fixed.

Section 4. Members may remain active during such time when there is no art on their class schedule.

Section 5. Students enrolled in home school on a full-time basis and who meet all other eligibility requirements may be considered for NAHS membership.

National Honor Society

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We recognize students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, service, leadership and character.   Students maintain a 3.5 GPA in classes, help our school community, help the larger community we live in, and encourage members in taking leadership roles throughout the year.

Activities we support include: Winter Community Drive/Fundraiser, help staff with school functions, blood drives, Art Days at elementary schools, community service projects and supporting causes that are important to our members.  We also work to include as many members as possible in leadership roles.



Eligibility Requirements

Students in grades 10–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership.

Each chapter is required to publish its qualifications for membership, which is based on the four pillars of NHS:

  • Scholarship
    Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
  • Service
    This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
  • Leadership
    Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
  • Character
    The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintain a clean disciplinary record.

National Honor Society of Dance Arts

NHS for Dance Arts

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private schools in K-12 education, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations, and post-secondary education.

ADVISER:  Mr. Jason Davis

Eligibility Requirements:

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible for induction.

  • 30 points awarded for dance activities (dance classes, rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service activities).
  • 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Student demonstrates collaborative teamwork, motivation and leadership in a variety of aspects if dance (i.e. choreography, performance, mentoring, production, etc.)