Honor Societies

National Honor Society

Membership in the National Honor Society is a faculty-awarded honor presented to those students who have exemplified outstanding character, academic achievement, leadership, and service. The NHS digital application will be available for Juniors and Seniors when school resumes in August. Please read all pertinent information carefully BEFORE completing the digital application. Once the application is submitted, it cannot be retrieved or changed.

What is the application process?

Requirements for membership in this honor society are rigorous, as the student must excel in the mandated areas of character, leadership, and service, as well as maintain a cumulative academic GPA of 3.5 or above with five or fewer demerits in each academic year and no incidences of academic dishonesty in the student’s junior or senior year. GPA and disciplinary records are verified by the NHS advisors. Not all students are awarded membership into NHS the first time their achievements are reviewed; some must continue to work on one area or another, most often the areas of leadership and service.


Please read through the following procedures and FAQ's for information regarding membership in NHS. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail Mrs. Coleen Barry or Mr. Mark Van Ness, the NHS Advisors.

The application for membership for 2022-2023 will be available at 8:00 A.M on Monday, August 22 and will close on Monday, September 12 at 3:00 P.M. 

Current Seniors who were inducted into NHS last year do not need to re-apply. 

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California Scholarship Federation

CSF is an academic honors organization comprised of students who have met the CSF grade requirements (see application). Eligibility is determined by the student’s grades from his or her most recent high school semester report card. Members will not only receive academic recognition at SMCHS, but colleges and universities also tend to look favorably on CSF membership when reviewing applications.
The spring application period is February 6-17, 2023. Seniors must apply this semester to meet the qualification for Sealbearer or Life Membership. To be awarded the status of Sealbearer or Life Member, students must be a member for four of their last six semesters – for grades earned in 10, 11 and 12. At least ONE semester MUST be the second semester of the senior year. The Application must be completed using an SMCHS account. There will only be contact made with the candidate if they do not meet the requirements.

International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society is the only organization recognized by colleges and universities to honor high school students for outstanding work in theatre. Santa Margarita Catholic High School is home to Thespian Troupe #5524. Membership gives students incentives to participate in theatre activities and can be an important factor in gaining admission to a quality theatre program at the university level. Scholarships are awarded for participation in summer programs, festivals and for college theatre programs. Thespian membership is granted for meritorious work in theatre arts which meets the society’s guidelines. Specifically, students earn points toward membership and levels of recognition. Talon Thespians have the opportunity to attend the state and international festivals and compete in various individual events.

National Art Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NAHS) is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. In 1978, the National Art Educator Association began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid 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. Seniors are recognized at graduation with honors cords. 

Important Forms
Service Verification Form
Teacher Recommendation Form
Careers in Arts

Contact Visual Arts Community Outreach Coordinator Nancy Harrell at harrelln@smhs.org

The Tri-M Music Honor Society Membership

The Tri-M® Music Honor Society is a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M is the only music honor society for junior/middle school and high school students in the country and it recognizes students that have gone above and beyond both academically and musically.

Tri-M also provides students leadership opportunities to make a difference in their community through music-based service projects. Each year, student members contribute more than 750,000 service hours to their school and local communities and raise nearly $1 million for causes they care about.

Tri M Application
Tri M Officer Application