Honor Societies

National Art Honor Society

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) recognizes students who demonstrate an outstanding ability and interest in art. This prestigious group strives to aid its members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. NAHS is nationally recognized by art schools, colleges, and universities. It is open by invitation only to those who have a minimum of an A-minus average in all art courses taken. Our chapter participates in numerous arts-based community service projects, hosts an Artworks Foundation art supply drive, and works with the globally-recognized Memory Project organization. Additionally, the society works to raise funds for an NAHS scholarship which is presented to a senior pursuing art at the collegiate level.

National English Honor Society
Advisor: Mr. Hermosilla ([email protected]) and Ms. Perez ([email protected])

The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only national organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. Individual high schools are invited to petition for a local chapter, through which individuals may be inducted into Society membership. Immediate benefits of affiliation will be national recognition, scholarship eligibility, and opportunities for national networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in, the language arts. Eventually NEHS will hold conferences and provide ways to link NEHS with other honor societies and with organizations related to the field of English.

A faculty advisory council selects members based on academic achievements in English and overall academic achievement. Students must have a 3.75 GPA and a minimum A- in English and complete literary service projects.

French Club/French Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Klein ([email protected])

The French Club meets once or twice a month and is open to all students. Some of the cultural activities include movies, music, current events, games, trips to NYC, and holiday celebrations. The club organizes a school-wide international dessert contest and holds several crêpe sales throughout the year.

Members of la Société Honoraire de Français are nominated after having completed 2 ½ years of French studies with an “A-” average in French and a “B” average overall. Other membership requirements include participation in language-related activities and a dedication to continue the study of French. The French, Italian, and Spanish Honor Societies hold their inductions in the spring of each year during an evening ceremony. The French Honor Society’s goals are to promote interest in the study of French, to reward high scholastic achievement, and to create enthusiasm for an understanding of francophone culture and civilization.

Italian Club/Italian Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Pivetta ([email protected])

Membership to the Italian Honor Society is restricted to students enrolled in classes beyond the second year. Candidates must have achieved an average of 90% or above in Italian. Candidates must maintain a general scholarship average of 80% or above. There is an induction ceremony in the spring. In addition to joining the Italian Club, members offer tutoring to other students of Italian. All students in grades 9-12 are invited to join the Italian Club. There are diverse fun activities held throughout the year, such as dinners, parties, cultural games, listening to Italian music, and Italian movies when available. Elections are held in September. The members hold a yearly fundraiser.

Latin Club/Latin Honor Society

Advisor: Ms. Moleen ([email protected])

To be inducted into the Latin Honor Society the students must earn an A- or better every quarter throughout their first two years of Latin study. The induction ceremony for the Latin Honor Society is held every Spring.

Math National Honor Society
Advisor:  Ms. Ayers ([email protected])

Mu Alpha Theta, the Math National Honor Society, is dedicated to inspiring a keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics.  Membership is open to juniors and seniors with an overall GPA requirement of 3.75 (weighted), minimum grades in AP math classes of B-, honors math classes of B+ and CPA Math classes of A, and who have taken or are currently enrolled in an AP math course.  Candidates meeting these academic requirements are invited to apply after completing 2 ears of high school math.  Participation in math-related community service and math league competitions is required to be inducted in December.

National Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Colabelli ([email protected])

The purpose of this club is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to promote worth leadership, to encourage the development of character, and service. Members will participate in peer tutoring, fundraising endeavors, charitable contributions, and multiple community service projects. To be a part of this society, you must have at least one semester at West Essex and be a member of the junior or senior class. You must also have a GPA of 3.75 or better. Eligibility is based upon character, leadership, and service.

Spanish Club/Spanish Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. D'Onofrio ([email protected])

The Spanish Club is an extension of the cultural studies that take place in Spanish classes. It provides students with a social outlet related to the Spanish language and the different cultures associated with Spanish speaking countries. A student who maintains an honor average in the study of Spanish (A-) for at least three semesters is eligible for membership in the Spanish Honor Society. Furthermore, they must also have maintained a general scholarship average of 80% or above. Character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others is also included in the criteria for selection into the Society. The student must be enrolled in the study of the language at the time of initiation, and the student must have a full year of Spanish during the year of induction. No initiation is to take place earlier than the tenth grade.

Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, The Scholar Knights
Advisor: Ms. Blanchard ([email protected])

Candidates achieving the minimal GPA requirements may be invited to apply for membership into Rho Kappa. The application process will require candidates to show participation in activities the demonstrate civic engagement in school or community and their desire and aspiration to be a member of the organization. Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from a current faculty member.
The selection of eligible students and their election to the organization shall be determined by the faculty sponsor, faculty selection committee, and the high school administration. Candidates must meet the GPA, social studies course completion requirements and the application requirements listed above. All other methods of selecting candidates is left up to the individual chapters. A description of the selection procedures and the local chapter criteria should be widely available in a timely fashion to all the school's administration, faculty, students, parents, and community members. The National RHO KAPPA Advisory Council will not review the judgment of the faculty selection committee regarding the selection of individual members to the local chapters. 

Science Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Barros ([email protected])

The purpose of the Science Honor Society shall be to encourage participation in and
recognition of scientific and intellectual thought, to advance the students’ knowledge of
classical and modern science, to communicate with the scientific community, to aid the
civic community with its comprehension of science, and to encourage students to
participate in community service and, in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of
scientific knowledge that benefit all mankind.

Tri-M Music Honors
Advisor: Ms. Shroyer ([email protected])

Perform. Lead. Serve. Tri-M Music Honors gives student musicians opportunities to
perform for their school and community. Students use their musical skills to be leaders
and participate in community service.

Chinese Club/Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. You ([email protected])

Students will experience Chinese culture by participating in the club events and
activities. The club members will have the global view, grow character in the charity