Catalina Foothills High School Logo

4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson Arizona 85718
Phone number: 520-209-8300 | Fax: 520-209-8520
Attendance Line: 520-209-8318
Counseling Office 520-209-8305
Health Office: 520-209-8304
Athletics Office: 520-209-8412
Registrar: 520-209-8385
School Code: 030476

Ms. Jody Brase

Horizontal Blue Bar

YouTube Facebook Twitter

Clubs & Groups

Club List

Club & Group Websites

Academic Decathlon

National Honor Society

NHS Overview

NHS Overview

The National Honor Society was organized in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to “recognize and encourage academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy.” The four tenets of NHS are Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character; and the national motto is “Noblesse oblige” ~ meaning whoever claims to be noble must conduct him/herself nobly. Over 15,000 chapters are active in high schools across the United State and the CFHS chapter was chartered on March 22, 1994, by NASSP.

CFHS Eligibility

NHS membership is selective. CFHS students are eligible for consideration if the following academic criteria are met: a minimum 3.75 GPA at time of selection, and taking a minimum of 2 Honors or AP classes per year (or 1 as freshman and 3 as sophomore, and 2 per year thereafter). Additionally, potential members must meet high standards of leadership, service, and character. Evaluation and selection are done by a Faculty Council which considers each candidate’s achievements and behavior during high school. Attendance and discipline records are reviewed, and all high school staff members are invited to comment on each candidate.

Once inducted into NHS, each member is expected to attend all meetings and to participate in service projects and activities. Furthermore, each member is expected to maintain high scholastic achievement (maintain eligibility GPA and minimum 2 H/AP classes per year) and to provide exemplary leadership and continuous service to the school and community. Membership in NHS is an honor and a responsibility.

CFHS NHS Membership Expectations

  • Complete tech and field trip agreements and pay annual dues ($25 – includes t-shirt)
  • Serve 2 to 4 hrs a month tutoring in the Nest
  • Participate in an NHS service event each quarter
  • Attend monthly NHS meetings
  • Other NHS activities as determined

Please note: NHS membership is NOT a factor in and of itself in college admissions. Do not pursue NHS membership if that is your primary motivation. Also, do not pursue NHS membership if you are too busy to meet the time commitments or are otherwise not genuinely interested in service.

NHS Selection Responsibilities and General Timeline

NovemberInvitations sent to eligible sophomores and juniors
November - DecemberMandatory Information Sessions
December (TBA)Deadline for Interest Form - due to Counseling by 3:45 pm
January - Mid-FebruaryCandidates spend a period in the Nest
Mid-FebruaryDeadline for Service Activity Summary (see website)
March (TBA)Notification of Status
March (TBA)Induction Ceremony (Pre-Induction meeting week prior – TBA)


CFSD is committed to making its website accessible to the widest possible audience, including individuals with disabilities.

Should any user have difficulty accessing the content of this site, please see Web Accessibility Guidelines for assistance.