Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Homeschool Honor Society

This is a special program that I learned about for high school homeschoolers. It is called Eta Sigma Alpha  and is the homeschool equivalent of the National Honor Society. 

There are many local chapters, and the website has all the information about them, with the contact information for you to check into to see if there is a local chapter near you that your high schoolers can join.

We did not have a chapter that was local for us, so my two high schoolers were allowed to join the "Omega" or national chapter. They had to submit standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal application letter. Annual dues cost $40. They are required to submit documentation of volunteer or community service hours each year, although the amount is ridiculously low - 10 hours total.  Most high achieving students can maintain that many service hours in a month, and would have no need for worry in that area.

I am a firm believer in striving for excellence when it comes to our home schooling. I want my children to have all the advantages available to help them achieve their dreams, and follow God's leading in their life. I don't want there to be anything that hinders them that could have been avoided.  My high schoolers work hard, and I thought this membership would recognize the efforts that they have dedicated to their education.

Once their application, transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation were approved, they received in the mail a beautiful certificate acknowledging their membership. They are both proud of this certificate! I also listed their membership onto their high school transcripts. Membership also makes them eligible to wear an "honors" shawl for graduation!

When students work hard and ethically on their studies, this dedication should be openly recognized and rewarded. The National Homeschool Honor Society provides a great way to do this and I am glad we are a part of it!

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  1. Would the CAT 5 be accepted as the standardized test?

    1. I'm not sure if it is - The best way to find out would be to check the website of Homeschool Honor Society for the most up to date requirements.


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