Honor Societies

French Honor Society (La Société Honoraire de Francais)

The purpose of the French Honor Society is to promote the French language and culture at Archbishop McCarthy High School. Students are initiated in the first semester of French III Honors. The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the first semester of French III Honors.
  • Transfer students must have spent at least one full semester at Archbishop McCarthy before becoming eligible.
  • Candidates must have maintained an “A” average in French during secondary school.
  • Have a Career GPA of 3.0 or higher (French not calculated in this average).
  • Fill out the application and supply the appropriate documentation requested.
  • French Honor Society students provide tutoring during the school year.


International Quill & Scroll Honor Society

Membership in this chapter is a privilege bestowed to a student by the heads of the chapter based on meritorious work and achievement within the journalism and yearbook fields. Candidates must be Juniors or Seniors that have earned a minimum cumulative3.0 GPA  in their general scholastic work, and have done superior work in some phase of journalism or yearbook writing, editing, production, or management.


International Thespian Society

The Thespian membership is granted for the demonstration of a commitment to excellence in theatre arts that meets EdTA’s (Educational Theatre Association) general guidelines:

  • A student must participate in at least two full-length productions, or one full-length and two one-acts, or four one-acts.
  • Participation should be in at least two of the listed categories, for example, acting and technical theatre.
  • Students may earn up to five points toward membership in the high school Thespian troupe through participation in community, children’s or professional theatre, or in other activities in the performing arts.
  • Thespian membership will be awarded to all students who qualify. No student can be elected into the troupe, and no student can be denied membership if he or she has fulfilled all membership requirements.
  • A student member must maintain satisfactory standards of membership as set forth by the constitution of the troupe, the EdTA governing board, and Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School. A student may be suspended or expelled from the troupe by the sponsor. A suspended student may not participate in the activities of any Thespian troupe nor attend Thespian conferences during the period of his or her suspension. However, neither the term of the student’s subscription to Dramatics magazine nor the student’s paid membership status will be affected. Once a student has been submitted to the home office, their name can not be removed from the membership rolls.

Exceptional Thespians

After Thespians have attained membership, further recognition for their outstanding work in theatre arts may be indicated by awarding stars for each additional ten points (or 100 hours) earned. When a Thespian has earned the maximum of four stars and an additional ten points (a grand total of 60 points), he or she is eligible for an honor bar. Additional Stars, corresponding Thespian jewelry items, Honor Thespian certificates may be awarded at the discretion of the sponsor.

Graduate Honor Cords

Thespians who have been active for 3+ years, received 100+ theatrical service points, maintained good academic standing, and demonstrated discipline, appreciation, and dedication to the Fine Arts, qualify for ITS Graduate Honor Cords.

Festivals and events

The most visible EdTA event is the International Thespian Festival. Scheduled each year during the spring, the Festival is a five-day conference packed with theatre activities (both educational and performance). More than 10,000 Thespians and their sponsors join us for this celebration of theatre. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to share experiences and meet others from around the globe who share their passion for theatre. (Students must be chaperoned and age thirteen or older to attend.) Participation booklets explaining various offerings and information to get your students excited about the Festival are mailed out in the fall. Registration materials are mailed to all active members after the beginning of the calendar year. In addition, students may perform in Individual Events, attend student leadership training seminars, audition for college/universities and earn scholarship monies for continued education in the theatre arts.

Mu Alpha Theta

Mu Alpha Theta is the National Mathematics Honor Society for students who excel in mathematics. Students in grades 10 to 12 who have taken or are currently taking honors or AP Math classes are eligible. Freshmen can be associate members, but must be currently taking an honors math class. Students must maintain a “B” average in all of their math classes and have  good conduct grades in all courses. Members must pay yearly membership dues. Part of the duties include tutoring students and attending district competitions throughout the South Florida area.


National English Honor Society (NEHS)

The National English Honor Society was founded March 25th, 2004, by Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. The NEHS goals are to recognize on the national level those who, on the basis of academic grades and performance, merit special note for past and current accomplishment; to nurture these persons in such ways that they are encouraged to develop further their abilities in the various fields of English; and to encourage members to use their talents in the service of others.

Students of various backgrounds and grade levels can share with one another their mutual appreciation of, and excitement with, literature, fine writing, language and media studies.

The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • 3.5 in English and 3.0 in general GPA
  • Interest in writing literature
  • Applicants must provide writing sample

Once accepted must attend meetings, workshops, fundraising and service hours. (not maintaining 3.0 could jeopardize members)

All requirements are established by the NEHS (www.nehs.us)

National Art Honor Society

The Archbishop McCarthy High School chapter of the National Art Honor Society has been established to recognize students who show outstanding ability in art, are dedicated to the pursuit of personal artistic development, and want to promote the arts through school and community service projects such as the Catholic Fine Arts Extravaganza for our feeder schools. Art faculty selects students from 11th-12th grades on the basis of art scholarship, service, and character.

National Honor Society

Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty and shall be based on the criteria of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of one semester at Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School. Juniors or Seniors who have maintained a cumulative 3.75 GPA are eligible for nomination to the National Honor Society. Their eligibility shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character. The invitation to join does not guarantee a student will be selected.

The final selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Committee consisting of five faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter advisor shall be the sixth, nonvoting, ex officio member of the Faculty Committee.

Prior to the selection the following shall occur:

a. Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.

b. Students who are eligible scholastically shall be notified and asked to complete the Student Activity Form for further consideration for selection.

c. Students’ attendance and disciplinary records shall be reviewed to determine eligibility. Unexcused absences and tardiness will be reviewed as well as any referrals or detentions. A referral may prevent a student from being considered for selection.

d. Students’ service hours will be reviewed and verified that they have completed 100 hours over Archbishop McCarthy requirements. Juniors will have 150 hours and seniors will have 175 hours.

e. The Student Activity Information Form and faculty comments shall be reviewed by the Faculty Committee.

The selection of active members shall be held once a year during the school year.

An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers to this school with a signed letter verifying the membership from the previous principal will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter. The transfer member will attain within one semester and then maintain the membership requirements for this chapter in order to retain his/her membership.

The criteria for selection includes scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Scholarship: 3.75 weighted GPA at the end of the second semester.

Leadership: You will be asked to provide documentation showing that you have held a leadership position during your years at Archbishop McCarthy High School. This position must be held within the school. Some examples of leadership are class office, team captain, editor position, campus minister, or student ambassador.

Service: You will need 100 hours over the school’s community service hour requirement. Juniors will need 150 service hours and seniors will need a total of 175 hours. You are required to attach copies of all service hours completed at the time of selection. Please make sure you keep copies of all service hours turned in to your theology department as they will not be able to give you back your original paperwork.

Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and cooperation with both students and faculty. Your discipline record will be reviewed. In order to be selected you must have a clean discipline record. Having referrals on file may disqualify you from being selected. The Administration will make the final decision.


National Social Studies Honor Society

The National Social Studies Honor Society is designed to promote scholarship and recognize academic excellence in social studies in secondary school environments and the community. It provides through its local chapters opportunities for exploration in the social studies; to encourage interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies.

Students inducted into the Society will have and maintain a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA. Students will meet regularly to explore social studies issues and share mutual interests. Students will also be required to complete community service hours.


Science National Honor Society

The Science National Honor Society is exclusively designed for students who excel in the field of science. Students must apply for membership as well as meet several requirements to be inducted into the society. Students inducted will receive recognition upon completing several hours of tutoring services for the students of Archbishop McCarthy. Students will also be involved in creating projects that may benefit our sister school’s science programs.

The applicant must have met and maintained the final criteria:

  • A student must have and maintain a 3.0/4.0 grade point average to be a member.
  • A member must be enrolled in at least one honors or upper level science class during or prior to the eleventh grade year.
  • A member must be enrolled in at least one second year honors or upper level science class during or prior to the twelfth grade year. If second year honors or upper level science courses are not offered by the school, then the student must be enrolled in a second first year honors or upper level science class during or prior to the twelfth grade year.
  • A member must maintain a B+ average (or equivalent) across all science courses.
  • All members must attend one local chapter officer’s lecture annually.


Spanish Honor Society (Rubén Darío Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica)

The purpose of the Spanish Honor Society is to promote the Spanish language and culture at Archbishop McCarthy High School. Students are initiated while enrolled in Spanish III/Spanish Speakers III Honors or an AP Spanish course. The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a Spanish III Honors or Spanish Speakers III Honors or an AP Spanish course. Freshmen may not be initiated. The applicant must have had two semesters of Spanish in high school. NOTE: The Credit-by-exam does NOT count as a year of Spanish taken in high school (per National Director 5/30/03).
  • Have an “A” as the semester grade for each semester of Spanish taken in high school. A “B” is acceptable for levels III and IV, which are honors or AP classes.
  • Have a Career GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Fill out the application supplying the appropriate documentation requested.
  • Submit a typewritten essay in Spanish on the topic, “How can I, as a member of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, promote the Spanish language and culture through service to others?”
  • SHS provides tutoring for Spanish students throughout the school.