The NHSDA Induction and Graduation with Honors criteria are designed to allow for flexibility at the chapter level so that honor society induction reflects and supports the school or studio's mission and circumstances. There are 3 main criteria – earned participation points, character and GPA.
This category reflects points earned for meritorious participation in a wide variety of dance activities. The NHSDA National Induction Point System
provides a range of points possible for various activities. Chapter Sponsors may use their discretion in awarding points – from zero to the maximum – according to the quality of the work performed in a given activity. After being Inducted, students will continue to accumulate points until they have earned the points required for Graduation with Honors.
To qualify for Graduation with Honors within the Junior Program, a student must earn 10 points beyond their initial induction requirements for a total of 25 points, at least 10 of which should be earned while participating in dance activities within the program of the chapter site. At the sponsor’s discretion, a student may earn up to 15 points while participating in community dance activities or other activities in the performing arts outside of the chapter program. Prospective inductees should submit documentation (e.g., programs, signed letters of participation) for any activities outside of the chapter’s program to the Chapter Sponsor.
To qualify for Graduation with Honors at the high school level, a student must earn 15 additional points beyond their initial 30 points required for induction, for a total of 45 points, at least 20 of which should be earned while participating in dance activities within the program of the chapter site. At the sponsor’s discretion, a student may earn up to 25 points while participating in community dance activities or other activities in the performing arts outside of the chapter program. Prospective inductees should submit documentation (e.g., programs, signed letters of participation) for any activities outside of the chapter’s program to the Chapter Sponsor.
Students applying for Graduation with Honors will need to submit a 500-1000 word essay to their NHSDA Chapter Sponsor that describes how their participation in dance and the NHSDA has impacted their academics, leadership skills, artistry and life choices, or an equivalent essay as approved by the Chapter Sponsor.
Demonstration of Character
For Student Induction the character reference focuses on the individual’s self-motivation, respect for self and others, tolerance, resourcefulness, collaborative nature and team effort, creative spirit to solve problems, and willingness to help others as needed or possible.
For Graduation with Honors, the Chapter Sponsor or dance professor affirms the qualities observed for Induction. However, the character reference expands to be more inclusive of group and society observing one’s ability to motivate others, offer thoughtful solutions that unite rather than divide, exercise judicious behavior in communications, do team-building, offer creative paths to new directions, encourage others to lead, and develop tangible personal and professional responsibilities to dance (as an interest, profession, or life-long learning experience) at local, state and national levels.
Determinations made for Character References are frequently made through personal observation and interaction with the student and peers, and the solicitation of input from other faculty either verbally or in writing.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Students must earn a GPA of at least 3.0 for NHSDA Induction. In cases in which the school’s dance program is an in-school, for-credit program, the prospective inductee’s GPA in dance courses only can be a qualifying factor for induction. However, the Chapter Sponsor may instead choose to use an overall cumulative GPA for induction into the local chapter.
NDEO allows for that the Chapter Sponsor to implement an alternative GPA requirement to be higher to be consistent with other honor societies at the school – this helps to elevate dance within the school curriculum as a course of study worthy of recognition. For example, if Induction into your school’s chapter of the National Honor Society requires a GPA 3.5, you are encouraged to set your NHSDA Chapter’s minimum at the same level, should that feel appropriate for your school culture.
In the case of dance studios and other programs outside of K-12, it is recommended that students turn in a copy of their report card to their Chapter Sponsor showing their cumulative GPA.
All GPA records should be maintained by the sponsor or appropriate school personnel and should be handled in a manner that respects the privacy of the student and is in compliance with FERPA regulations